Can someone help my friend? She posted this last week and has not gotten any responses at all. Perhaps, now that I changed the topic, you guys can relate to her issues & help. here is her post & Thanks!!!!
hi all i have a pitbull/boxer male, 3 year old dog, who is exercised a lot and very healthy, except for this rash that he developed in the spring. He was put on a round of antibiotics and temeril P for about 3 weeks, the rash got better and then about 3 weeks later it came back, i was told to put him back on the temeril p and things got better, about a month ago (i live in brooklyn) i noticed the rash came back, i put him on benedril for about a week and the lesions did not get any better. I took him to the vet and the vet told me he had pyroderma, he prescribed simplicef for nelson (my dog) and told me that i should take nelson to the allergist for a $600 plus test. I am wondering what else i could do before spending all this money, i have a friend who is a homeopathist, who is treating him and she has told me to change his diet to a raw food diet. Nelson is wearing a collar now and for the past two days things seem to be a littl ebetter...anyone have any holistic or healthy alternatives to antibiotics and steroids and allergists? thanks nelson and me
She may not have gotten any reponses because we dont know. Esp. now that winter has hit, if the dog still has the rash it is either environmental or food. I would first try a no-grain food. I personally don't worry about raw or not. A good quality food such as Innova Evo, or Call of the Wild, would be a good start. I am sure there are others, but no grains, no by products, etc. If that doesn't work, an allergist is needed. You need to find out what is causing the problem before you can treat it. It could be something as simple as a grass allergy, who knows. good luck
Have you changed the food at all? A lot of times it is the food that causes skin problems. Anything with corn in it(corn is the #1 ingredient in dog food that they are allergic to) or if the dog food has brewers yeast. Some people use brewers yeast for skin and coat and a lot of dogs cant have it. Brewers yeast is excreted through the skin and mites live off that, ending result you will have little red bumps/rash/etc.
I would try a different food first. Evo, Taste of the Wild, Blue Buffalo, Native are all great feeds.
Hi all i am the woman with the pit bull/boxer with the skin rash right now i have made the transition from dry food (he was eating health extension which apparently has no corn/wheat etc etc) so he is eating raw chicken and some of his sores seem to be drying up, some are taking longer, i have read it could take up to 7 weeks on this diet to see a difference, already though his fur looks shinier i am also dabbing and cleaning his sores with a homeopathic calendula mix, which seems to aid the sores recovery, he wears a collar when i am at work so that he cannot lick at his sores i am thinking as long as the sores do not get worse i will see what happens in a month and a half and if things don't get better then i will go to the allergist i just wanted to try all other avenues before spending so much money... i do appreciate all your responses though thanks happy thanksgiving thanks to all
Raw feeders pipe in here, seeing that I dont feed Raw, but I do give raw meat as treats, etc. I believe that if you choose to feed raw as opposed to a balanced dry food that you MUST supplement other things as well besides the meat. I believe raw includes meat, eggs, vegetables, vitamins, etc. In order to make the food offer all the needs of the dog.
hi there there is a raw food diet called the billingsworth diet which has much research and info and lots of dogs with allergies have made complete turn arounds on the diet i know it seems awful and what with salmonella etc and a few of my friends with dogs are a little shocked but i have a few friends who give their dog this diet and their dogs are doing very well.
i am doing this with the help of my homeopathist, whose dog has similar concerns and has been on this diet for a year and is doing really well nelson's diet right now is balanced, i and he will be getting supplements once his skin condition has cleared up, thanks for your concern