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Hi there, I wonder if anyone has a puppy in the same situation as mine? My little guy is now 16 months old and is loving life! The only thing is he scratches and scratches to the point of nearly making himself bald. After lots of visits to our local vet and 3 or 4 steroid injections she tested him for allergies. The results finally came back and it would be easier to list what he isn't allergic too, then to tell you what he is. He is now on a course of injections, that I have to administer according to a specific timetable but is still itching! I have been giving him these jabs since February and we still have to keep going until November, however we are now at the stage where it's just once a month now. I have this nagging feeling inside me that it's more to do with food than anything else. He has THE most boring diet, his biscuit is gluten free but I still mix it with freshly cooked chicken - that is all he ever has! If anyone else has experienced anything similar with their dog, I'd be so grateful for some advice.
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I would take him to a dermatologist to have a skin biopsy performed. Make sure he is only drinking pure spring water bottled and not tap water. Long term steroids can have detrimental effects. Insist on seeing a dermatologist, the skin biopsy will tell you exactly what is wrong don't hesitate another moment in doing this.
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I agree about the spring water! Tap could cause several problems. Have you read any of the books on natural treatment. Sometimes trying an all "natural approach" can fix a problem without the damaging affect of the steroids. Here is some books I have enjoyed reading and I have just learned soooo much

The Whole pet diet by Andi Brown The Nature of Animal Healing by Martin Goldstein
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Many years ago, we had a young puppy that got a rash on her belly. The vet gave her steroids meds and it cleared up. Once she was off the meds it came back and so we repeated the steroids with the same results. This happened for a third time - rash, meds - no rash, rash, meds-no rash, repeat. I didn't want to keep giving her steroids so began looking at alternatives and found a veterinarian who practiced homeopathy. The puppy received a homeopathic treatment which cleared the rash once and for all. I have turned to homeopathy to resolved things of this nature a couple of times since and found it to be effective. It might be worth looking into.


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This is just my two cents.....but I found that all the chemicals I was using on my dogs was causing the incessant scratching. So, I stopped all flea, heart worm treatments and haven't vaccinated for 3 yrs now. I titer my dogs every 3 yrs and they are fine. We treat fleas and heartworms with frequent bathing and by adding DE to their food. The only time I use Flea prevention is when there is an unusual outbreak that I can't control naturally and I will use a Comfortis. Usually no more than 2 times per year. I also supplement my dogs with Nuvet Plus, which I highly recommend for healing any skin or health issues.

I don't know how you feel about vaccines but Dr. Jean Dodds has a wealth of information about them that will be helpful in making the decision about bolstering vs titering. Good Luck!


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Thanks to everyone who has given me advice. I do only give him spring water as the water where we live isn't drinkable. I will try to find a dermatologist, but can't say I've ever heard of one out here, but that's not to say there won't be one! Thanks again for taking the time to answer my question
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Where do you live?
My hav broke out in a horrid rash when she was 9 months old ... she had what the vet called "Pustules", he did skin scrapings and blood allergy testing. Turns out she (like your hav) is allergic to nearly everything one would find in dog food. the short list?
Turkey, chicken, carrots, apples, oatmeal, wheat, green beans, peas, fish, pork, potatoes, soy, rabbit, corn, berries ... shall I go on? lol
After getting the results, I contacted a lady named "Sabine" who runs an ONLINE business. She is a dog nutritionists and makes INDIVIDUALLY balanced diets for dogs.
Tillie has been on this diet for almost 2 yrs. It was overwhelming at first as I chose to go the homecooked route and there is a lot to learn and a lot to figure out how to get set up but it is well worth it. SO much healthier in the long run AND way better for our dogs AND saves on vet bills!! just a thought you might look into ... her web site is
http://betterdogcare.com/
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Hi there Tammy, oh my god sounds exactly the same! We live in The Middle East, so not the best conditions for skin allergies, lots of dust and of course high temperature and humidity. This website sounds amazing, maybe it's the answer to my prayers. I'm going to go and check it out now. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my post.
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awesome!! good luck and keep us posted!! If I can help in anyway please don't hesitate to ask!

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