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I could be very many things. It could be food intolerance or allergy (real alergies are VERY rare). If it is allergy of any kind (contact from chemicals, grass or polen, atopy-inhalant...) the level od immunoglobulin E (IgE) in blood would be elevated. Eosonophiles could be elevated as well. You can test those parametres before you do allergy tests whicha are expensive and inconclusive. Vets usuallly recomend elimination diet - one proteinsource dog has never eaten before and one carb source. Examaples - duck and potato, lamb and rice, ect. You have to stick to that diet for at least 12 weeks. For same dogs omega fatty acids, wild salmon oil work wonders... If Gracie is allergic to somethin comin from the environment like polens, weekly bath in medicated shampoo for allergic dogs (Virbac Allermyl) would be a good idea. I agree with Karen - you have to take her to allergy or dermatologist specialist. General practice vets like to prescribe prednisone, but the problem is that prednisone only covers up the problem. When you stop giving prednisone, symptoms usually come back worse.
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