We just had our 1 1/2 year old yellow lab allergy tested, and he's allergic to corn (which is in majority of dog foods) and grass! We switched his food and should be starting the immunization shots in the next couple of weeks for the grass, but I have no idea what to do about his constant itching now. The sprays, 3 V Caps, and special food just don't work for him. The only thing that does work are steroid injections, but I don't want to keep doing that to him. He's itching so often he makes himself bleed under his belly and arm pits and then gets scabs. I feel so badly for him :(
Has anyone else experienced this? What can I do to ease his pain???
There's actually quite a few foods out there without corn in them. What is the new food you are starting him on? Are you adding any oils like fish oil or flax seed oil to his food, they are good for skin conditioning. With some dogs, once they get over the hump, they manage their allergies ok. It' sjust getting them over that hump.
Other than ripping out all the grass or putting in a concrete area for him, not sure what you can do. Frequent brushing probably wouldnt' hurt. Dab neosporin onto his sores so they heal faster. Stop him from scratching as best you can, use an E-collar to keep him from chewing himself up.
My dog Riley is allergic to grass, trees, mold, etc. As well as corn and many other foods.
If you know which type of grass, or you notice which places he gets a reaction from, you can give him benadryl. If he does break out in a rash put cortizone ointment on it. That's all I can really do for my boy. He isnt allergic to the grass at our house but when we go to agility trials at this one place he is and breaks out within 5 minutes.
Is he allergic to anything other than corn? I highly recommend Wellness Fish & Swt Potato formula. There aren't many ingredients and he probably hasn't been exposed to whitefish or sweet potatoes. My boy is on the Timberwolf Organics lines.
Good luck. Its really tough having a dog with allergies and will be an ongoing thing.
Forgot to answer your itchiness question... I'd give him a bendaryl to help ease the itching. Also, maybe an oatmeal shampoo bath? Wash down all his bedding with an allergen free detergent if you can (ALL makes a great allergy free detergent).
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 12/12/2006 12:01:58 PM*** Reason: add
was going to tell you to talk to LOR, but I see she beat me to the reply button. lol One of my huskys is allergic to chicken, so they all eat Eagle Pack Holistic Anchovy, Sardine and Salmon. Since you have access to the internet, you can check out the ingredients at their web sites. You can also copy and paste to your computer and compare the different types. Best of luck
Forgot to add - most vets haven't a clue about good nutrition for allergic dogs. Not trying to be mean, but Hill's Science Diet Anything probably won't help an allergic dog. So if that's what was recommended, I'd consider switching to one of the following:
Wellness Innova Solid Gold Eagle Pack Holistic
LOR - Help me out. I must have fried some circuitry last week celebrating the B-day. I know there's a half a dozen other good brands, but they won't float to the top right now. lol
***Edited By: wolf256wolf on 12/12/2006 1:31:20 PM*** Reason: +++
The ones you mentioned are good, but it all depends on what the dog is allergic to.
My new fave is the Timberwolf Organics. These two get the Elk & Salmon formula. For dogs with allergies I recommend the Wellness Fish or Wellness Simple Solutions... Natural Balance Allergy Formulas, Premium Edge Coat Formula, or the Timberwolf Organics. I may be forgetting some.
My dog growing up (one of four) was allergic to the cedar tree that covered our entire backyard and surrounding areas. They gave us an eye goup, because that allergy would swell his eyes up and make the itch terribly. I dont remember what it was called but it stoped his itching
Elk and Salmon? I may have to look into that one. My girls really like Solid Gold Wolf King too. It's a Bison formula, but it's a little rich for them on a regular basis. I'm going to be adding Salmon oil or Flax Seed oil or both to their diets. They all seem to have mild itchies right now.
thelifeofriley--may I ask where you get Timberwolf at? This is what I wanted to feed my German Shorthaired Pointer. I know you can buy it online, but I spoke to a breeder who said that it can be difficult to get, that some months you can order and not receive it due to supply and demand.
Right now I have him on Innova Puppy, but he really does scratch and bite at his skin quite a bit. The store I buy the Innova at carries Wellness so I might look into the ones you mentioned.
my lab is almost 7 and now i have to give her prednisone tablets in the warm weather, it's some kind of environmental allergy. can't afford testing to see what. she was fine on benadryl for years but not now. food made no difference.