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Old 01-30-2009, 03:21 AM
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Poor baby, I hope it clears up soon. I think I would still change her food and treats to see if it helps.
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She is on Wellness Puppy dry and canned which I have heard is supposed to be good?? The doctor said that if it were food allergy sometimes they have tummy trouble which she does not, but you just don't know. She has been on that food for about 2 months. When we adopted her 2 weeks ago her she had some noted hair loss around eyes already and seemed to squint her eyes. The vet even did a test to check for eye injuries, scratches, etc....
We will keep working on a solution to find out what it could be...She has already stopped her intense scratching since she got her meds. and shot this afternoon.
Wellness is definately a good food choice.

But to get to specifics, are they the grain free varieties? If not, it definatley could be a grain allergy. Your vet unfortunately is not correct in stating that all food allergies have to do with the tummy. Our old dog had an allergy to grain, and it only showed in his persistant ear infections! Once we switched to Wellness CORE & only fed the grainfree canned selections for Wellness (they will say on the can), his infections stopped.

It's little effort for a whole lot of gain switching to a grain-free variety, since you already feed Wellness. It's worth a try, and if they work, then your munchkin won't have to be on meds for the rest of her life.

I wanted to add also, that steroids cause many issues in animals (as well as people), so long term use will harm you little gal. They are wonderful things for very short term, but you need to get to the bottom of the allergy or risk her staying on steroids the rest of her life.

I would also urge you to seriously consider a raw diet. It does look scary, and almost every vet you meet will tell you it's horrible/will kill your dog/etc, but we've raw fed for over a year with our cats, and I would stand up for this diet with all I am worth after seeing our elderly cat become a kitten again.

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Thanks Muzby!
Yes..the vet told me about the steroids. She was only given one shot because of the flare-up. She said that steroids are not good for long term. Also what the vet had mentioned about tummy upsets only happens to some dogs on occasion. She did say that allergies can affect a dog in many different ways. I suspect this is a food allergy of some sort.
I did look up the Wellness Core but they do not have it for puppies. (Lulu is 6 mths.) They do have allergy formulas so I might see if they have it for puppies.
Thankyou again for all the great info. and help
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poor girl.....hope she'll get better soon.
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Awww.. poor thing! I hope you guys can figure it out quick!
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Wellness core really can be fed to a dog of all ages I believe. A Bull Terrier I rescued was sensitive to grain, it caused her to have yeast infections in her ears. Once we put her on Wellness Core, the infections stopped. There are also other brands besides wellness that are or have grain free varieties, and great foods.
Or as Muzby said try switching to raw (I'm about to thanks to some prodding from Muzby hehe). That way, even if it isn't an allergy but rather a meat allergy (yes dogs can be allergic to certain meats) you can make sure she isn't getting those things.

Have you been feeding her different treats than she is used to? Maybe she is getting more of a certain food then she was before she came to you which is why it worsened? I hope you can figure it out soon. Kisses to Lulu girl.
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Wellness core really can be fed to a dog of all ages I believe. A Bull Terrier I rescued was sensitive to grain, it caused her to have yeast infections in her ears. Once we put her on Wellness Core, the infections stopped. There are also other brands besides wellness that are or have grain free varieties, and great foods.
Or as Muzby said try switching to raw (I'm about to thanks to some prodding from Muzby hehe). That way, even if it isn't an allergy but rather a meat allergy (yes dogs can be allergic to certain meats) you can make sure she isn't getting those things.

Have you been feeding her different treats than she is used to? Maybe she is getting more of a certain food then she was before she came to you which is why it worsened? I hope you can figure it out soon. Kisses to Lulu girl.
Thanks for all your concerns...
She has been given only Wellness puppy treats...tommorrow I am going out on a hunt for another food. I am going to check out the Wellness core and Wellness allergy foods, plus some others... Since she got that shot today and the ointment has been put on twice, it seems like the swelling has gone down a tiny bit and she has even stopped her erratic pawing at her face. But that is just a temporary fix...I keep thinking too that she is allergic to her bedding or something she lays on? I wash everything in baby detergent and then on rinse cycle twice. No fabric softeners at all! I use only natural products to clean the tile area where her playpen is.
But my guess is that it must be something with the food. Hopefully a change will help
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awww poor baby, i hope she gets better im glad the itching has stopped a little.
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