So, we're having an issue with Nitro that is very strange. He'll be turning a year old in 10 days and this problem came totally out of nowhere about 8-10 weeks ago. Ever since we got him at 8 weeks old, he has always used a wire crate. A couple of months ago, we bought him a plastic crate and we started using that to crate him at night. Ever since then, he has become very itchy and has been chewing on his feet, paws, and tail and scratching like crazy. We finally had to put a cone on him because he was starting to lose fur in the areas where he's been scratching and chewing. We were easily able to rule out fleas (our 2 golden retrievers and our cats aren't scratching at all and they're all on Frontline Plus), and we don't think it's a food allergy since he's been on the same food since he was 5 or 6 months old (Pro Plan Sensitive Skin & Stomach). Our vet seems to think it's something environmental, especially with the feet and tail chewing. We've been giving him Benadryl to ease his itchiness, but obviously that's not a long-term solution. The only change in his environment has been the switch to a plastic crate from a metal/wire one. We just stopped using the plastic crate and went back to a wire one as our vet suggested to see if that will put an end to this problem, but I'm just wondering if anyone has experienced a plastic allergy in their dog. This has been driving us crazy, but now that we've realized that this all started when we switched to a plastic crate, we're hoping eliminating that will be the resolution to this. We only use metal bowls for our dogs, so now he's not being exposed to any plastic whatsoever. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
just cause he's been on the food, doesnt mean he cant suddenly develop an allergy to something in it.
And - some dogs develop skin issues when eating out of a plastic bowl. Logic follows that some would have issues with a plastic crate.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
If the problems subside when he is back in the wire crate then it was probably the plastic crate. I hope that's it. Let us know how he does.