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Old 11-26-2012, 05:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I believe that my 2 year old boxer named Bama, is allergic to EVERYTHING!!!

Environmental causes could be grass, trees, dust, pollen, etc. It isn't uncommon for him to get little bumps (hives??) on his back and rib cage after he's been outside. We usually give him a few Benadryls and they subside...

I've tried to change his diet to see if I can pinpoint which proteins or grains he may be allergic to. I have always fed him higher end foods with fewer ingredients (e.g. Taste of the Wild, Blue Buffalo and Natures Recipe). I have tried salmon w/ sweet potatoes, chicken w/ rice, venison w/ potatoes, lamb w/ rice....I'm at my wits end.....I had the best luck with salmon so I guess I'll go back to that....He doesn't have diarrhea that often but has gas all the time.....so I guess I don't know if he has a food intolerance, a food allergy or both?!?

He is constantly scratching himself, knawing on his paws or licking his you know what like mad!!!

I feel bad for him bc I know it must be annoying for him to itch all the time and it seems to be getting worse as he gets older. Lately he appears to be developing scaly rashes that look like psoriasis and his paws get swelled/inflamed....I've tried to attach pictures to this to illustrate my little buddy's problems....


IF ANYONE OUT THERE HAS HAD THE SAME ISSUE AND HAS A FOOD OR REMEDY THAT HELPS PLEASE RESPOND!!!

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Old 11-26-2012, 06:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A lot of dogs that have food allergies /intolerance's do well on a raw diet.
Have you considered trying that?

As far as outdoor allergies, you could wipe him down with a baby wipe or wet cloth (even his feet) every time he comes in from outside. that will help remove any pollen / dust from his coat and paws.

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Old 11-26-2012, 06:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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There is allergy testing that your vet can do to help pin point his sensitivities. You can do either a blood test or be referred to a dermatologist for a scratch panel type test.

Really this is the only way to see if he has environmental allergies. As for food allergies I would switch him to a raw diet and start with chicken. This is the only true way to see which proteins are causing the flare ups. Please check out our Raw food section

Have you had any skin scrapings done to rule out mange?
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I have never had his skin scraped. He just had his annual check up at the vet and they said that his skin was dry due to allergies. I guess I assumed the vet would know mange when she saw it ( or I atleast hope they would!!)

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I plan on switching him back to Taste of the Wild salmon and sweet potatoes..he's currently on Natures Recipe lamb and rice and the ingredients consist of a lot of "meals" and it also has soy in it... Something I must've overlooked...


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RAW might be the way to go like Kari said. Is that something that might be plausible for you?
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've been reading about the PMR diet since I got on here.

I get some aspects to it, makes sense to me about dogs not being "designed" to digest all the crap thats in their foods. But i still have some questions and concerns about switching.

Do dogs get effected by microorganisms in raw meat (e.g. E-coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, Shiga-toxin,etc.)

I worry about my dog choking on bones as he's never been one to naw on things very well (he's impatient, like his owner!!). When he was like 2 months old he swallowed a bone that seemed bigger than him!! Had us worried to death!!

Lastly, it sounds bad, but I do worry about cost...Meat prices are increasing every week it seems like...Currently I spend about 50-60$ on food/month...I can't really afford to spend more than that and if I do switch I want to switch ALL THE WAY...


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Those dry spot on his elbows are calluses from laying on hard surfaces. You can rub them daily with a Vitamin E Lotion and make sure he has a soft spot to lay on.

Of course dogs can be affected by e coli and salmonella, its also in their kibble. Most first time switchers worry about bones. If it is that big of a concerrn you can always purchase a ground product that has had the bones ground up small enough they cant choke on them.

I am not going to say its cheaper than kibble. Though it can be if you find good meat sources. It all depends on what you can get and where you are getting it. For some ppl Raw is more expensive than kibble but the benefits out way the cost, plus it will cut down on future vets bills. I know that I can fed Raw cheaper than kibble but I am purchasing in bulk for 5 dogs and I bet by the time I put in my gas and hydro to run 4 chest freezers it works out to be about the same.
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Thx for the advice...

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