From the video my feeling is that it could well be an ear problem. Is that a himalayan chew next to Sophie? If so, that would be a milk product which can contribute to ear problems. I hope you get to the root of the problem for Sophie's sake and your peace of mind, not to mention pocketbook.
It's an acadia moose antler (she's not had a himalayan chew I worry about the milk too). But that was a great thought. I am glad to hear you say it could be an ear problem too because I would love that way over allergies!
I've had all kinds of problems in the past with my dogs but not ear ones so not familiar with it.
Thanks Boomama we'll take the support!
Pucks yes we have been going to a wonderful holistic vet for a few months now working on this. We go two to four times a month and it's an hour and a half away but with traffic often takes us 3-4 hours each way. Awful drive. But she's really good. Although puppy is still itching. We've been working on diet, NAET treatment, she's on supplements and herbs for the itching etc. Had the nutriscan saliva test with Dr Dodds and between them both found foods she has intolerances to. So diet changes, special shampoos, tonics...plus have tried western stuff, prescription antihistamines, etc etc but none have helped yet. So hopefully that further points to a possible ear issue. We are going to holistic vet again next week and she is putting her on a new diet again (home cooked) to address her tummy issues from last week. She doesn't like dogs under 1, older or with issues to have raw.
Sheri oh yes it brings me to tears! I feel so horrible for her I would take it on for her if I could. Yes breeder has been wonderful. He said he was awake most of the night thinking about all this. His puppies are usually so healthy. He doesn't know for sure of course but he thinks it's an ear thing also, possibly down deep where they can't see with an instrument and that she may have to be put under to really get a look. I am praying he's right and can fix this!
I agree about the food change! I've never had a dog get sick from a change in food at all much less to the critical point she did. I feed her Stella and Chewys frozen raw. Lately, because of her food intolerances, I've been going with the things not on the bad list so have been alternating between chicken and beef. So she's on one for up to 6 weeks then I take a few days to switch her to the other (and never seen any symptoms at all) for about 6 weeks etc. So she has been on chicken for about 6 weeks, it was time for me to switch her but was waiting until after that weekend so puppy sitter would not have to deal with remembering. But she ran out of chicken so on Saturday Sophie got both meals all chicken. Next morning she opened a new bag of food but didn't realize it was beef and not chicken. So Sophie got part chicken, part beef that morning. She said she seemed a little less active during that day (she was fine the day before silly and playing). For dinner she got all beef. I came home about 2 hours or so later and could tell something was wrong. Tail down, etc. Shortly after she vomited in a manner that would have landed her a role in the Exorcist. I think I may even have seen her head turn clear around!
And by the next day she was critical (dehydration) and didn't eat at all for over 3 days (was in hospital the whole time).
I did track down a place in Iowa where I can send it in for testing. It is very expensive so I was waiting to see if we got a definitive diagnosis and knew it was not the food. But since we still don't know, I am going to call them tomorrow and see how to get this started. Yes there was a voluntary recall for Stella and Chewys raw about a year ago but it was not for beef and no animals had gotten sick from it. Their lab just found a trace of lysteria or something so they did a voluntary recall to be safe.
Thanks Jackie I was concerned about some kind of poison also. I don't use weed and feed or anything on my lawn, I'm a freak about anything toxic so don't have or use any sprays, etc. The sitter knows not to take Sophie out of the house only to the back yard that is securely fenced 6 ft. I don't even let her take her out the front door (we have a picket fence but a big dog could get over it so she's always on leash out there). Sitter did leave for about an hour that day which was fine we had talked about that and as I asked she had put her in a crate for the while she was gone.
So it could have been poison of some kind I guess, maybe a bird dropped something or?? But not likely and due to the timing of the food change would make it the top suspect. That was the other thing the breeder said, that he changes food on his dogs all the time and at worse one might have a little loose stool for one day but nothing like this.
I'll be praying hard for tainted food and ear problem! Never thought I'd be praying FOR that stuff lol.