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We have a 1 year old male boxer named Gino.  We purchased him from a breeder at 8 weeks.

He's been a wonderful dog.  Full of energy and lots of love.  He's become a part of our family.

About a month ago he started scratching like crazy at his face and paws.  He was scratching to the point of developing welts on his chin that started to bleed.  There was also a very bad smell coming from him.  He was also losing hair(shedding very badly).  We immediately took him to the vet.  The vet did a scrape and found a mite.  They also said he must have food allergies.  He was on Blue Buffalo.  He was eating Blue Buffalo for 6-7 months with no problems.  The vet said we need to switch his food to their hypoallergenic food called IVD.  They also have us using a special shampoo on his skin 2-3 times a week.  At this point he is on meds for the mites, the shampoo, and the IVD food.  Ever since we started him on this IVD he refuses to eat.  We have done EVRYTHING.  We've tried all the flavors, mixed in wet IVD, added warm water, and still he just nibbles at it and walks away.  He has gone 2 days at a time without eating.  About a week ago while walking him I pulled out an eight inch worm that was hanging from his bum after he went to the bathroom.  This was another trip to the vet where they gave him de-worming meds.  He is losing weight very fast and at this point you can see every bone sticking out of his skin.  Since using the mite meds and shampoo, the shedding has stopped and he only scratches on occasion.  He still nibbles at his feet on occassion as well.

After another frustrating trip to the vet they have us on another med for flavor enhancement.  We are at our wits end.
We just want him to be happy and eat!!  The poor guy is losing weight by the day.

Can't it just be that he has the mites issue and no food allergy??  I don't know why the Vet didn't have us cure the mite issue before moving on to food allergies.

At this point we are reaching out to anybody for advice.  Advice on allergies.  Advice on food.  Advice on whether to switch back to Blue Buffalo.  Advice on meds...anything.  We have been spending every available minute and dollar we have on the dog.

Any input is greatly appreciated.
 

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Our white girl (Sadie) started scratching at her face and chewing on her paws.  She has tons of acne that would bleed, and some oozed.  We switched her food from Solid Gold to Purina One for Sensitive Stomach and between those two, her face is clearing up nicely and she doesn't really chew on her paws anymore.  If you want the name of the antiobiotic that she's on, pm me and I'll try to get it for you tonight or tomorrow.  For the worm that was in his poo, I don't have any advice.  Was he up to date on shots?  Also, what are you using for heartworms?
 
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The worm you are describing is one of the two that my Jetta had as a puppy...you can do a fecal test and they won't be able to diagnose that kind of worm because the eggs aren't visible..it's called a tapeworm...they are long and look like spaghetti...the only way a vet knows your dog has them is when the owner actually sees a segment in the poo or coming out of the dog...that's how Jetta was finally diagnosed...she was sooo skinny until that point...icky worms.

I would switch foods to something he likes and doesn't have chicken...chicken is becoming more of an allergy problem because it is so common.  I would avoid anything with corn, wheat, and soy.  The food I use is Premium Edge Skin and Coat- it is a Salmon and Potatoe and Veggie blend.  My two adore it...Jetta used to be a picky eater...now she scarfs it down like she was starving.  It's a very good food and I haven't had problems with it...it also contains the omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids due to it having fish in it.  

I feel so bad for what you are going through, it's hard to see our babies suffer isn't it?
 

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So sorry to hear your baby is having so many problems.  Kiah had terrible problems with allergies also and she does best on fish based dog foods.  Right now she has been on Purina Pro Plan Selects Salmon for 6 months and is doing well on her allergies.  Planning to try Taste of the Wild Salmon as a change since I am sure she is getting bored with her food.
 

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Ditto what Hanna said about the food- most foods that vets sell from their office are not great, and certainly not the best thing for a dog with suspected food allergies.  California Natural is a good brand for dogs with allergies- it only has one meat source in each variety.
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food ... california
 

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Poor Gino.  If only they could tell us where it hurts.  I think the IVD probably tastes the way it smells, like cardboard.  We couldn't get my dog to eat it unless we added some mashed plain potato and a spot of canned vegetable broth.  That was the Duck & Potato brand.  We never tried the rabbit.  With inflammatory bowel disease I think they like to rule out infection and parasites as the underlying cause along with food allergies.  Despite negative tests, our Internist still treated with seperate trials of Flagyl, Panacur and Tylon powder.  An ultrasound was also done to see if there was thickening of the intestine, and to visualize other organs.  After we started working with the Internist she recommended Hills z/d instead of the IVD.  He really liked it much better.

With the foster pup we got rid of the tapeworm with one pill.  I think it was Donatol (sp?).  It is really a slow process to sort out.  With such a young dog, and the weight loss, would your vet ever seek a second opinion by a specialist who sees complicated GI cases on a much more regular basis?  The good news is that there are answers out there, and a large variety of foods by small manufacturers that contain limited and high quality ingredients.  California Naturals was one that was also recommended by our holistic vet.

Work with your vet.  It helped to keep a daily log where I'd write everthing down.  I drove my vet nuts half the time as we sorted things out.  Sorry to rattle on.

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I tend to agree that dogs seem to hate IVD and there is not alot you can do to change that....I would research another food option or in the least go back to Blue Buff.  If he ate it for 7 months without an issue, then I have a hard time thinking it is the food....but, it could be I guess.  You certainly wont now without solving the other things first.

The weight loss could be due to the tapeworm...they eat and lose weight with those.  So, if you wormed him that issue should be solved.

The shampoo helped the itch and the shedding so that one has somewhat been solved....

The mite on the skin...was it demodex or sarcoptic?  Also, how are they treating the mites?  Both, but more so sarcoptic can cause a secondary skin infection which is probably where the ooze and smell was coming from....

I would have delt with the mite first and then worried about the food (especially after 7 months)....but everyone does it a little different :)
 

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[quote="sharonL\";p=\"95089":gvoat2yr]I tend to agree that dogs seem to hate IVD and there is not alot you can do to change that....I would research another food option or in the least go back to Blue Buff.
 

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The Ivermectin will take care of the mite.....and then I guess you can go from there....It is tough, I know! I have been on both sides of that situation personally....Fiona also had a Demo outbreak at about 5 months....We were also going through a series of foods that would not give her loose stool/or that she would eat....It is frustrating to say the least.....

I dealt with the Demo the same way you are.....and on the food it was trial and error until I found one that she liked and I liked too, it has been about 5 months now on the same food and she is doing great....

Just hang in there.....But....I would find something other then the IVD or else you will probably still have problems with not gaining the weight back....They just hate it! I tried a product called Forti Flora with Fiona to try and get her to eat a certain food and it worked for a little while and then she went back to not eating....
 
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