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So ive been taking snowball to the vet ptetty consistently since she came home with me! Most recently we went cuz she had some nast eye gook. They gave us some ointment. While we were there i asked about this rash that has been on her neck for a while. She had it before (in the summer) and they treated it and it went away. So they gave us some antibiotics in addition to the eye stuff. Went back 2 weeks later & she had an ear infection (she had been pawing at one of her ears) the rash moslty went away but one hard bump & some kind of scarring it looked like. Skin showing where there used to be bumps. This was last week. Giving the ear infection/cleaning medication has been quite difficult (2 person job!) They also perscribed another week of antibiotics to try & get that last bump. So initially i thought the neck rash was due to her soresto antiflea collar so got rid of that. Then i noticed whenever i put ANY collar on her shes itching that neck. I alsi thought she was urinating a lot & might have uti or something so we tested & ruled that out. Vet did say there was sediment or crystals in the urine. So after all that she called me & said she thinks it might be food allergies. Ive been feeding he rthe same dood that she was fed before i got her. I do give treats & occasional other food.
I got pet insurance a couple months ago (really wish i would have done it sooner) and i told the vet this & shes like great we can give ur dog the fold standard treatment. Okay thats fine, i want the best for her.
But shes now talking clinical food diet and lets rule out food and work our way backwards.
Im not going to move forward until i know all of this will be covered by the insurance. I have to call them today cuz now snowball has scratched her neck raw (bleeding) so none of the stuff they've given so far has worked for that.
My couson has suggested that i switch her to a cooked vegitarian diet rice, sweet potato & fish. Which i would rather do. I also am waiting to hear back from the vet to discuss this further. I just dont want to be paying out my nose for the vet stuff. Sure i have insurance but they dont cover pre-existing & i do have to pay up front & ive already paid hundreds so far to be back at square one.
Have any of you had any similar experience? Especially with white boxers? I know that there is a bit of a stigma surrounding them & that boxers have skin & allergy issues in general. One of her parents has allergies.
When I think about her food journey, i was actually cooking her food for the first month or two we were together soooo I really think that would be best. I will jus star researching the foods that will give her the nutrients she needs.

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Bandit and Tundra have more flash / white on them than Jax does. They both will scratch and lick (mostly lick) themselves if we don't keep them on Apoquel. It's not cheap, and we've tried different foods and things, and Jax is on the same food, same environment, but he's fine.

Since Snowball can't lick her neck, it's hard to say if she'd rather lick it....I'm not sure if this will help you much. You may also get another vets opinion, which you've likely considered.

I wish you luck.
 

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Yeah vet has said apoquil is what we are going to try next. Thanks for sharing! That info is helpful. My insurance covers medications so hopefully it will be fine!

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Yeah vet has said apoquil is what we are going to try next. Thanks for sharing! That info is helpful. My insurance covers medications so hopefully it will be fine!

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Insurance help on the cost would be wonderful.

We've never seen any unfavorable side effects from these meds. We definitely notice a difference when they are off of them.

Hope she's doing better.
 

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Im going to pick up the apoquil in the new year and also try cooking her food for.a.month or two to.see how she does especially with weight gain. Shes still skinny (42lbs w/visible ribs). Im really not trying to pay for the clinical food tho. While in her home town she was allowed to play freely in the grass & there was some tall wheat looking grass on the property & she jumped all through it and rolled in it & came out sneezing like crazy! And once we got back to her parents house i saw that she had some hives and gooey red eyes. Which pretty much lasted while we were there. We got home today & her eyes were still red & gooky so i gave her some benedryl since now its pretty clear its allergies. She spent a lot of time with her brother which initially seemed to make her have the gooky eyes. But he always has gooky red eyes and i thought she had conjunctivitis when he came for thanksgiving.


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She's a pretty girl! I'm glad you are narrowing down the issues. Allergies make sense, but can be so aggravating to figure out.

They are so much like kids too, in that they will play with no regard to things happening to them (like the hives and eyes). We have to lock our boys in when it snows out because Bandit will want to go out and play longer than he should.

I hope the meds and food changes help!
 

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Our visit to the vet & issues

She is a pretty girl. My first boxer - a flashy fawn had itchy skin and would get flank alopecia

For his collar- I switched to a rolled leather. The cloth-nylon ones would get yeasty. At night he never wore his collar. When he started smelling the least bit yeasty - I would apply baby rash ointment at the advice of vet to keep his neck clear


He also was on Benadryl three times a day for a good portion of his adult life. He would get goopy eyes and itchy skin. He lived to be 13.

As far as ear infection goes - my got one and they gave him a Claro. It’s applied once by vet and rechecked.

Good luck.


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Good morning! Thanks! Well it turns out that the pet insurance doesnt cover anything related to allergies because we went to the vet a couple times before i got the insurance and they are considering it pre existing. Sooo Ive been feeding her a cooked diet based off this recipe from the vet. Im probably gonna put her back on the kibble tho. The preparation is a lot and im not sure shes getting the balanced diet she needs. Plus she had been eating the same kibble since before i even got her so it may not have been that. I did stop giving her these treats puperoni sticks. They had a bunch of ingredients i didnt really like. She has also been on the apoquel for over a week & still itching & licking.
The rash on her neck has finally cleared up. Its just really hard to tell which of the changes caused that result! Could have just been the collar or treats for all i know! We will be going back to the vet in a couple weeks so we'll see

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It might be worth a referral to a Vet Dermatologist if you've got one not too far away. We finally ended up seeing one after trying this and that, spending money on prescriptions and changing food didn't work. The consult was a couple hundred, but we'd probably spent over $1,000 doing stuff that didn't work. I think the specialist recommended a trial with Ultimo food first. They can make up an allergy shot just to give her.
 

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Good morning! Thanks! Well it turns out that the pet insurance doesnt cover anything related to allergies because we went to the vet a couple times before i got the insurance and they are considering it pre existing. Sooo Ive been feeding her a cooked diet based off this recipe from the vet. Im probably gonna put her back on the kibble tho. The preparation is a lot and im not sure shes getting the balanced diet she needs. Plus she had been eating the same kibble since before i even got her so it may not have been that. I did stop giving her these treats puperoni sticks. They had a bunch of ingredients i didnt really like. She has also been on the apoquel for over a week & still itching & licking.
The rash on her neck has finally cleared up. Its just really hard to tell which of the changes caused that result! Could have just been the collar or treats for all i know! We will be going back to the vet in a couple weeks so we'll see

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I wonder if the apoquel is strong enough (I'm ont saying to increase it w/o the vet approving it)- we see an instant difference with our boys- when they have the right dosage.
Bandit had to have 1.5 pills a day even when he was around 75 Lbs or so- he's about 85 Lbs now. They had our boys start on a stronger dose for the first 30 days, and then reduced it to a maintenance dosage. Ideally, you don't have to give her any....

With the food changes, we changed our boys food a few weeks ago, and for the allergies, our vet said it could take up to 30 months after the food change to see if there is really any impact. I'd imagine others on here have had advice from their vets or experience with food and skin issues.

Hope she's doing better!
 
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