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Possible Skin/Food Allergies - Advice?
The other day we noticed that Merry seems to have lost some hair around her hind knees. She has been scratching a bit and licking paws, but not a lot, so I didn't think there was much of a problem and wasn't sure what was going on with the hair loss in that area.
Took her to the vet, who looked at her ears and said she suspects allergies. Then, almost as if on cue, she's developed loose stools. She has had that happen before after eating something that didn't agree with her. But it usually clears up. But that problem has been now going on almost a week.
I had poop test done. Negative for any parasites or anything. So vet thinks this might all be related and tied to allergies.
The other problem is she's a very picky eater. I used to think that was just her being a Havanese. But now I wonder. She usually starts off liking a food ok, but after a while, doesn't want it. So we try something different, she likes it and then stops liking it. Fortunately her weight is good and vet didn't seem too concerned about her skipping meals if she didn't want to eat.
Anyway, the vet prescribed the Hills ZD food for skin/food issues, at least to try to get her stool back on track. I asked about the recent recall issue and they say they checked their lot against the recall alert and their lots are fine.
Vet also prescribed 5 mg of Zyrtec once a day. She's been on that for the past week or so.
At this point, I want to try to get her to have normal poops again. But I would appreciate any advice re what to do now. This is all still early stage. Only has unfolded over the past week.
Any advice or thoughts. Anyone with similar problems and information on best way to try to sort all of this out?
Thanks in advance! Merry has her first ORT (odor recognition trial) in early March and so I'm hoping this won't have a negative impact on that. She loves doing nosework.