anybody else have this issue w/their dogs?
that's what Zoe has been doing lately. She is still on her coconut oil.
I did change her dog food from Kirkland Chicken & Rice to Acana, which is a higher quality food. She was doing well on it, and so I bought a large bag (about $80?) It's the bison/lamb one.
Funny though, she rarely scratches during the day. It's mostly at night when she's sleeping.
Tonight and tomorrow, she'll get chicken and rice gruel and I'll see if that helps. If so, I'll probably have to dump her expensive food.
Also took out all her beds, and have them in the hot sun. Maybe there are dust mites?
will vac her area & under the bed really well. Washing all her bedding (no detergent as maybe she is allergic? Though we've been using the same one for many years. Washing in HOT water w/clorox only, and second rinsing.
then we wait and see...
Linda and Zoë, the Umlaut
Diesel had a flare up in May/June but I think it was more so the new environment we moved to. Is the Acana bison/lamb one of the grain free ones? Diesel is on the Pacifica & Grasslands which are both grain free and has done extremely well on them.
If Zoe is only scratching at night I would not think it was the food, she'd be doing it all the time if it was. Hope the vac & washing bedding works out!!
Could be environmental, fleas, or grass. If she was doing ok on the chicken and rice, but itching on the Lamb and Bison it could be the food. From what I understand Lamb can make them itch. Tessa is always worse at night and vet said this is very common.
Good thoughts you find some relief. I know how hard it is to see them itching and not able to help.
ETA. They should take the food back if you think it is the food.
Last edited by kassabella; 09-09-2012 at 12:03 AM.
I am keeping my daughters dog this weekend. She is also still on coconut oil and Em says it has help immensely. She still itches and scratches like CRAZY!! She has to wear the cone of shame for about 1-1/2 months just to keep her from scratching herself raw.
You just described the last three weeks. I've done the Advocate, now on anti- histamine - still no joy. Doubt it's the food as he's had the same for years. Combed him for fleas yesterday - couldn't find one , nor droppings.
Is it grass or pollen Colin. I am convinced there is something at the park that sets Tessa off. Wandering jew is nasty for setting them off around the end of Summer.
If I take Tess to the park it itches for days or weeks. I didn't take her out for a week and she wasn't so bad. The whites of her eyes go red as well. The vet loves to do research on it. I might muck this up as he gets excited when he tells me stuff. Once they get the itch it is hard to stop so need to get on it quickly. For dogs like Tess with itch and yeast to give her meds, and bath her (for her yeast) on a maintance plan to stop the itching. Then rest from meds which will mean less in the long run. We are in the process of seeing how long she can go when she ruptured her ACL.
Not sure I have made sense, but talking to him makes sense to me. Previously I have tried to wait as long as I can before giving things like Pred.
ETA I keep a journal/note book and record when I go where and what or if she reacts to see if there was a pattern. Seemed to be. Also what she ate. I started when I got a new bag of food in case a new bag could be slightly different.
Last edited by kassabella; 09-09-2012 at 06:32 AM.
I hope Zoe gets relief soon.
Poor girl.. I wouldn't think it would be the food necessarily, as it generally takes about 2-3 months to see the results of a diet change. I don't know if she's eaten those particular proteins, but some dogs can develop allergies to certain protein sources.
It could definitely be allergies to something environmental, especially if pollen and other allergens are high as they are in Michigan right now. You can try an OTC human antihistamine to see if it helps - I have the proper dosages from my derm vet if you want to PM me.