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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:16 PM
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My kid's puppy has allergies
At least that's what the vet said today. His ears were crusty and no amount of cleaning, olive oil, or lotion would clear them up. Now the puppy is on medicated lotion for the next month and he's not happy.

Should be a fun time in my house.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:51 PM
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1. what are you feeding it?
I would guess the majority of pet skin/ear/eye allergies are caused by diet. shitty corn-based food is the main culprit.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:21 AM
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3. Yes, that is true.
I had a little Benji-type doggie that had skin allergies that went away after I changed his food.
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:17 PM
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4. The vet said that he doesn't think it's the diet.
He thought it was from something in the home-namely the wood burning stove.
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TorchTheWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 10:25 AM
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6. majority of dog allergies are environmental
Food is sometimes a culprit and very often difficult to figure out which one. Wheat is the most common food allergen for dogs though soy is pretty high on the list, however, just like people, a dog can be allergic to any kind of food. Any shitty dog foods that contain fillers such as corn should be avoided... not so much because of allergies though... shitty dog food is just a bad idea all the way around.

Weird how all kinds of health issues show up as a skin problem in dogs even if it's just one of the symptoms. I guess it's a good thing though because it makes it obvious that something is wrong and needs attention.


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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 01:37 PM
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8. the triggers may be
but once they are on a higher plane of nutrition, they handle all kinds of stressors better

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wysimdnwyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:41 AM
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2. My pup has a combination thing going on
The worst of it is definitely food allergies. She gets the special, no grain food now, which has cleared up the ear issues and much of the runny nose. She also gets a bit of a skin rash after I apply her flea and tick medicine each month (it's a topical, like Frontline). Claritin helps with both, but the food change was still necessary.
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:18 PM
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5. The vet said it was probably from
something in the house and not the diet. He said it might be from the wood burning stove or maybe from all the scents I use when I make my candles.
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 12:03 PM
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7. Crusty ears are usually food-related, IME.
Start out with no grain food or go to Wellness' 2-ingredient foods to try to find out what it is (or if you have the $$, go for a skin test).
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