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Remi may have allergies

So, Remi has not had a great stools since April. This seemed to coincide with a new bag of food...the day after feeding the new bag (same food he has been on for years) he started to have this issue. Has been like this ever since, about 3 bags of food. He also started to lick excessively since end of May. He has been leaving wet spots on the couch. Vet prescribed apoquel which worked wonders. The day he started it he stopped licking and hadn't licked for 3 weeks. Now that he is off of it, he has started to lick again.

I don't know if there have been any changes to the food (company said no) or any of the treats I feed. I have not introduced anything new...just new bags/containers of the items.

I'm not sure if the loose stools and the licking are related. Was told to reduce his food to see if the stools get better. But, as you can see in the picture, he doesn't have any weight to lose.

I have started to remove things from his diet. Perio support is out for now. It is going to be a long few weeks if I'm going to delete items from his diet one by one.

Does he look like he can afford to take in fewer calories?
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Why don't you just put him on Claritin? If it's seasonal, that will take care of it. Pollen is terrible this year.




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Vet said I could give him 2 a day...but I kinda want to figure out what the root cause is. I suppose it could be pollen, I hadn't thought about that. I was more focused on what he was eating. thanks.

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I dosed at 7:30 and no change so far. These are immediate release tablets, should have acted pretty quick.

Will give it a few days, but he seems more annoyed by his itch today than ever before.

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Eddie,

Your description of Remi's problem could have been written by me about Traveler. I've come to the conclusion it is some type of allergy relating to the outdoors. This itching & licking showed up last year at about the same time and stopped in the Fall. As long as you are sure it is not fleas, best I've found is to boost immune system and bathe frequently and wipe down fur and paws daily. Apoquel does work and did for Traveler but I'm trying to avoid it this year as he has enough problems without compromising him further. He is a lot older than your Remi.

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Your description of Remi's problem could have been written by me about Traveler. I've come to the conclusion it is some type of allergy relating to the outdoors. This itching & licking showed up last year at about the same time and stopped in the Fall. As long as you are sure it is not fleas, best I've found is to boost immune system and bathe frequently and wipe down fur and paws daily. Apoquel does work and did for Traveler but I'm trying to avoid it this year as he has enough problems without compromising him further. He is a lot older than your Remi.
Thanks! I can't imagine owning a dog that has serious allergies, it is maddening trying to figure out what is going on. Claritin didn't work, but I gave him 50 mg of benadryl this morning and I didn't find a wet spot today, so that might be the ticket for now. If this continues after fall, I will have to make a serious effort at identifying the cause. I don't like the idea of having him on meds.

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Is it the exact same protien source he's been on for years or do you rotate with different protein sources from the same company? If ther same source, maybe a slow change to see if that helps. And may be worth the two week time before starting the elimination process. Just a thought.

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Is it the exact same protien source he's been on for years or do you rotate with different protein sources from the same company? If ther same source, maybe a slow change to see if that helps. And may be worth the two week time before starting the elimination process. Just a thought.
Same protein. He needs a high calorie food, so he gets Dr. Tim's Momentum. At 588 calories a cup, there are few foods out there (I don't know of any) that could come close. I try to keep the volume of food low. I used to feed 6 maybe 7 cups prior to switching to this food and now I feed 3 cups.

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This would be beyond my knowledge then. But I was curious to see what protien is in Momentem so I looked it up. I hope you get this worked out.

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