|08-22-2013 07:36 PM|
Hippocrates: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
Have you considered switching from beef to lamb based food? I used to feed my boy chicken-based food (which are kinda all crap probably) to lamb/oatmeal and have no skin issues. Also I have heard to add fatty supplements to food such cod-liver oil or something. I think medications may be drying out his skin. Anyways, I hope this helps.
Just like with people, the cause and the cure is almost always food. Many of today's health problems are the direct result of a deregulated food industy, corn syrup, additives, etc. People prior to the 80's in pics didn't look like landwhales yet probably ate just as much in terms of volume of food to feel full.
|08-22-2013 04:48 PM|
Wanted to let you know that Sargeant won't receive more vaccines. I try not to vaccinate my dogs after age 10 and try to keep them as strong as I can when their age advances. Since most of mine live to be about 12 or 13, it has not been a problem with rabies and my property is fenced so they won't encounter rabid wildlife.
Since I rescue/foster and am showing in both UKC and AKC dog shows, I do have to be vigilant to keep my dogs safe and healthy.
Thanks for your concern and suggestions.
|08-22-2013 11:26 AM|
|08-22-2013 11:25 AM|
|lesslis||So glad you got some answers. Sure he'll feel better soon!|
|08-22-2013 10:57 AM|
Sargeant saw my vet yesterday and he feels that since his symptoms are limited to ventral scratching only (his belly), that this is indicative of seasonal environmental allergies. We are tapering the Prednisone and will add Hydroxizine (an antihistamine) to try to keep the symptoms at bay until the season changes.
Since Sargeant was a rescued dog, I have no idea what he was eating previously, but suspect that it was most probably something like Ol' Roy or Purina Dog Chow. Since his rescue and coming to live with me he is growing some new coat that is shiny. He seems to tolerate the beef and potato grain free kibble very well, so no more trying to switch him to fish and potato kibble either. He just does not seem to be able to tolerate the fish protein. I have also stopped the fish oil capsule in case that may have been a factor.
All in all my vet is very pleased with Sargeant's recovery from a lifetime of neglect. He was even thrilled to hear that I recently declared foster failure status and adopted him formally.
|08-20-2013 05:31 PM|
While I appreciate the vaccines re: state law...that does not address the adjuvants such as formaldehyde, aluminum and mercury...certain nutrients like apple pectin, vit. C, homeopathy can bind or assist the body to bind and remove.
Then there is the spot on pesticides - that in of itself is an environmental hazard and is the likely culprit for the skin issues. They started in Jun/July..even if started sooner and saw no reaction, it is not to say that build-up isn't causing problem, as well the toxins to the liver...when the liver is over worked, the body tries to eliminate through other organs as way to protect itself...this shows in skin problems...as well double whamy on the spot-on while immune suppressed at time of vax.
I believe vets have to register to AHVMA, may be one or two, just not paying dues...try google search and/or there is always phone consults, you could try Dr. Dodds for a recommendation
|08-20-2013 04:09 PM|
|huntergreen||what would happen if you went back to the "junk" food he was used to.|
|08-20-2013 04:08 PM|
My property is has two large maples on it with one giving shade to part of the fenced backyard. My home area is very rural with lots of trees on my property and lots more beyond the fence (black walnut, oak, maple, tulip/locust and pine just to name the most common ones).
My gut keeps telling me that this is an issue of environmental allergens since there were no gastrointestinal challenges until I tried a novel protein (fish) for him. He had no diarrhea, no vomiting, no loss of appetite, no hot spots, no areas of hair loss, no licking his feet, chewing his tail or anything else.
|08-20-2013 02:23 PM|
|lesslis||Food wise I left the normal poultry, beef, fish and went to the bison and venison grain free. helped but environmental allergons seemed to be the real culprit. oak, and maple woods were some of the larger problems. Its a frustrating bad game that's no fun for you or the dog. Good luck. Keep us posted.|
|08-20-2013 02:07 PM|
According to the AHVMA website, there are no holistic vets in West Virginia.
Sargeant was a shelter rescue/foster and, as such, the first vaccines were given by the shelter upon intake. He got rabies per state law here in West Virginia and I gave him a bordatella shot because I rescue and foster other dogs, including two that have recently been VERY sick with kennel cough. I don't believe in over-vaccinating (yearly), however, I do follow state law and have to protect my personal dogs from those whose owners may not have been so responsible with the care of their pets. I also show and there is always a risk of exposure to all sorts of viruses, bacteria and external parasites in all of these environments.
Thank you for the information.
I am going to discuss options for Sargeant when we see my vet tomorrow. It is now apparent that he can not tolerate food with fish at all. Back to what was working (beef and potato) before the itchy skin started about eight weeks ago.
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