My allergic lab has me and the vet puzzled.
These are now the two options that we do -
Continue her on her regular chicken food with antihistamines for long term
Try another food and risk a reaction and hope we don't need antihistamines anymore???
What should I do?
Forgot to mention the reason why - SHE IS ALWAYS ITCHY!!
What is she allergic to?
What food is she on now?
What foods have you tried?
A little more info please....
My lab has responded very well to a rather safe medication called Atopica. Your Vet GP might take a look at it for you.
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If she is always itchy year round, not just in certain seasons, I would try a limited protein diet like Eagle Holistic Duck and Oatmeal, Fish and Potato, or Venison and Potato. The antihistamine is just suppressing the symptoms but something is still bothering her. If the itching is seasonal, testing and allergy shots might be the direction to go. Masking the symptoms may cause more allergic problems.
Has she had allergy testing? That takes out some of the guesswork. My Aly turned out to be allergic to over 20 things.
I'm Jenn. Keeper of two labs in my home and one forever in my heart.
Throw the ball, damn it!
My Buck is allergic to Potato. It was in a Duck and Potato food we had him on, he had a rash and was very itchy. Once we changed to Lamb and Rice, he was fine. Discovered a for sure sign when my boys let him have french fries, rash and itch again.
She is also fussy and only eats Eukanuba Maintenance. ie chicken, corn, barley, sorghum, fish oil, brewers rice, egg. etc/
In the past we have tried many allergic foods ie
NB Duck and potato
Eukanuba Lamb and Rice
Pro Plan Turkey and Barley
Royal Canin Sensitive Skin
Nutro Lamb and Rice
home cooked diet of boiled hamburger and rice with cottage cheese
Nothing has worked. WE have tried these diets for long periods with no response. But we think that she has food allergies as after she eats she scratches at her mouth a lot and some of the foods make her worse
I have a lab with a very sensitive stomach due to food allergies. She does well on Eagle Pack Duck and Oatmeal.
Believe it or not not all duck formulas are the same. Our rescue reacted to Wellness Duck and not Eagle Duck which he did fine on. According to the pet food store, it may be because of carry-over from the food made before if the system wasn't cleaned out? I don't know but it was very obvious. I guess try the antihistamine and just hope the allergies don't get worse. Taking antihistamines won't hurt.