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Can anyone give me advice since Racquet is always biting his paws and coat. I now have him off all wheat products. I rinse rinse rinse after bathing.
He is prone to ear infections and I clean his ears daily and put in medicine in his right ear.
Any advice would be most appreciated before I make a vet appointment.
Thanks everyone. This forum is the best. Racquet is my first puppy snd I have learned so much from everyone on a daily basis.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-31-2007, 09:30 PM
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I am battling a similar problem with Lincoln. The symptoms you describe (biting paws, ear infection) sound like he may have a food allergy.

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Maddie definitely gets the itchies (and an upset stomach) from wheat. But you won't know for sure unless you put him on an elimination diet. By doing this, I also found that chicken upsets her tummy a little, but no awful itching like wheat. Of course, most dog biscuits have wheat in them, so you have to search for alternatives.

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Elayne,
I took Casper off of chicken of any kind and he quit itching.
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Biscuit has had itchy paws all week, and I cannot discover why. He eats Innova Evo mixed with some Royal Canin.



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It could be anything - fleas, dustmites, grass ... Kahlua is allergic to all of these and bites her feet and coat. She's actually adapted though and doesn't do it as much anymore.
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I heard food allergies can come from any grain. Have you tried the premade raw diets? There are some good ones out there Primal, Natures Variety, Aunt Jenny's, Steves. They also say some dogs are allergic to chicken. Good luck. You can give up to 2mg of Benadryl per pound to stop the itiching.





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Thank you all for your input about Racquet's itch. He has been off wheat for two weeks and next I will try chicken.
Perhaps the raw diet may be the answer.
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Elayne, it can actually take many weeks for a food source to be completely eliminated from their system, so you may not see results right away.

I had a problem with Tripp when i 1st got him. He would scratch & bite his feet all day. He would literally drag his body along side walls etc.. just to find relief. I was desperate to help him. After much trial & error, he has been doing great on a premade raw diet. He only scratches occasionally like all dogs do.

Raw has been great for him & Jax. I just wish i could get Dreamer to eat it. I feed them Aunt Jeni's raw & Natures Variety. Aunt Jeni's smells really good & fresh & they love it. They do like Natures Variety & it is easier to work with in the medallion form but it just smells 'funny'. Here are the links for NV & AJ.
http://www.naturesvariety.com/
http://www.auntjeni.com/

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