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Hello everyone, I’m seeking advice in regards to my 4 year old white Boxer/Bulldog (poor guy has the odds stacked against him when it comes to allergies). He has suffered with allergies since he was 6 months old and we’ve tried just about everything ( I think). I’m on the fence about going to see a specialist because I’m worried that we won’t get any new information. We’ve done cytopoint, all the medicated shampoos, diet change again and again. And I don’t want to put him on medication for the rest of his life, I’d much rather fix the problem rather than treat the symptoms. He was on grain free for years until his vet recommended switching to grain inclusive after the FDA report came out about grain free, and he already has a low level heart murmur. Since then we’ve tried hydrolized protein, different brands of lamb and brown rice, and now a lamb and ancient grains blend. I’m sure he has some environmental allergies but I think his main issue is diet. His paws have always been the main issue (redness, biting, licking, chewing) and this will be an issue year round. Now another issue is under his chin between his chin folds, where he has started scratching and there is darkening between the folds. I try to routinely clean with chrohexadine wipes and do a medicated bath once a week but it only helps a little. Ears, eyes, and body are all clear and heathy. Which leads to me to think that this is a yeast issue and a dietary issue. I’ll also note that he is allergic to chicken and we include salmon oil at each meal. He is a therapy dog and therefor cannot be on a raw diet. Any advice is greatly appreciated!
 

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I have dealt with some allergy issues but nothing as bad as your dog has. The discussions I have had with my Vet I was told that if a dog indeed has a food allergy cytopoint and other drugs don't work on that those are for environmental allergies that's the way I understood it. I am so glad you took him off the grain free I lost two dogs due to grain free DCM so that's good you did that it sounds like he is a special dog. There is a skin scratch test that can be done by a veterinary allergist that will tell you what exactly he is allergic to and there is some kind of swab type test you can send in and they say it can tell you also I have heard people swear by it. I have heard of dogs being allergic to so many things you would never think of. If I were you I would try to get one of those test I think you can buy the swab kit online I am not sure what its called though I think its like 60 dollars or so. I hope you can figure this out.
 

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My guy had a yeast issue but we figured that it was from not drying his paws off good after he plays at the beach everyday. I used a 50/50 of raw apple cider vinegar on his paws to get rid of the yeast and then made sure his paws were really dry after the beach. Haven't had an issue since.

I know diet can also cause yeast issues, especially a higher protein diet. If thats the case its probably going to be a little tougher to pin down.
 

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I would try feeding him boiled allergen neutral foods. Basically what you would feed on a raw diet just boiled
 
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