My daughters dog Dixie is going to be 7 (she is half Catahula and half Australian Shepherd) in Feb. Every August, for the past 4 years she breaks out with allergies? Every year it just gets a little bit worse and lasts a little bit longer. This year they even had to put on a cone of shame.....she just itches herself raw, despite shots, pills, shampoos etc.
DD also had a heck of a time when Dixie was younger, trying to find a dog food that she wouldn't upchuck all the time. She finally settled on (of all things) Beniful (sp).
I mentioned to her that maybe she should try another dog food again.....
I welcome any suggestions and thank you for them in advance.
Last edited by Mary Jane; 11-30-2010 at 02:00 AM.
Sorry to hear about Dixie's allergy issues. Sounds like horrible seasonal allergies. Might be worth considering trying Benadryl or something, but I'm not sure if that would be appropriate for prolonged use...
I can't quite follow the first sentence about the food. Is that also referring to Dixie? Are they able to narrow it down to a particular ingredient that is causing problems?
How about the sardines & fish oils ? I hear that these help but have no first hand experience.
Hope this helps,
Uxbridge Ontario Canada
I would try a different food if I was her until you found one that worked. Willy had awful skin problems when we got him and it took me about a year and a half of benedryl, allergy meds, food swtiches, etc. until I found out what worked for him. It turned out he was allergic to dust mites. Go figure. So we switched him to a good quality food and started keeping his food and treats in the freezer. No more skin problems.
Good thoughts for Dixie. Allergies are so hard to pinpoint.
Sundance had horrible allergies when we adopted him. We started seeing a doggie dermatologist, and had him tested. Your daughter might want to do the same for her dog, otherwise it's hit-and-miss trying to find the problem. We give Sundance a shot of anti-dustmite serum every two weeks, and he acts like a dog with no allergies. It's so hard to see them itch and suffer.
Laura, mom of Sundance, CGC
Erns had horrible food allergies. At first I thought food with Dixie, then reread it and you said every August. Is this seasonal?? Kassa would get itchy feet, around her chin and ears in autumn when the grass started getting wet. We made sure her feet and chin were dry, then washed her feet in Nyzarol (a human shampoo vet told us to use)and it stopped.
Erns food allergies didn't have time off no matter what month of the year.