Skin Allergies

by Cindy
(Apple Valley, CA USA)

I have a 2 and a half year old pit. She is about 50 lbs.

When we got her she was 12 weeks old. She was healthy. The only thing we noticed was a little tearing in one eye.

She had all her puppy shots and we got her spayed when she was about 5 months old. The week after she was spayed she started bleeding a little and the vet told us she had an urinary tract infection. They started antibotics. She got better.

A few months after she got spayed, at Christmas time she started developing these raised crusty spots on her back along with a red rash all over her tummy. The spots would eventually lose the fur. We didn't know if it was her new bed or toys we had gotten her for Christmas. Maybe an allergy to them.

The vet prescribed yet another dose of antibiotics and everything cleared up. Then 3 weeks after finishing the antibiotics we were right back were we started.

Back to the vet, another round of antibiotics. Now a vicious cycle. Rash, antibiotics, better all over again.

We have tried Apoquel which didn't work. 1 time steroids a disaster. She started having accidents in the house until the steroid shot got out of her system. Never again.

Different foods, probiotics, special shampoos, special bed and still battling this cycle.

I refuse to continue antibiotics. It's just a bandaid.

She scratches all the time, she licks her feet and her tummy all the time. She rub's her back on the carpet.

I just don't know what to do and the vets only answer is she has allergies that lead to secondary infections.

We have spent money on food allergy testing. It showed milk and beef as high. We have had skin scraped and checked for fungus etc. The vets aren't helping and I'm trying to figure this out on my own. She is a really good dog and I hate that she is suffering with this.

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Aug 31, 2019
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Dog Allergies
by: Sandy Peterson

My Cavapoo has some type of allergy because she itches a lot, & sometimes drags his bum. I don’t know if it’s a food allergy or environmental. It sounds like you recommend a pre or probiotic. Please tell me what one you think works the best?
He is on dry kibble grain free, gluten free, corn free etc. As a topper I have been giving him Tru Dog freeze dried turkey. I can’t afford to put him strictly on a freeze dried diet. Is there a kibble that you feel is the best one?

Aug 03, 2019
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Your Pit Bull's Skin Problems
by: Sandra

Hi Cindy,

First of all, let me commend you for your research and time spent to figure it out. That's great!

Also, it is very fortunate for you and your lovely dog, that the Apoquel ' didn't work '. That drug is a horrible drug!

Your problem started with the urinary tract infection after the spay. The antibiotics given for that infection created the gut flora imbalance that continues today, and prevents your dog's immune system from working optimally.

The problem may have actually started earlier than this, but was further complicated by the antibiotics given for the urinary tract problem...and as you have experienced, the antibiotics didn't solve the problem anyway. You've been there many times since.

So, here's the answer to your problem.

Feed a species appropriate moisture rich food, preferably raw. Feeding kibble will not help, even if you change brands.

Stop all drugs forever.

No more vaccines or chemical pesticides for fleas/ticks/heartworm control

Use some targeted supplements to:

1 - restore gut flora balance
2 - improve immune function
3 - help the liver to detox
4 - ease the symptoms of itchiness and sores etc.

This will all take time and it won't be a quick fix. So you have to decide to commit to doing all components of this process fully until you reach the result you want.

This is actually not as hard as it sounds, but will take time, patience and understanding to see it through to a successful naturally healthy again conclusion for your dog.

Let me know if you would like further help and support to do it.

You can contact me here.


Sandra

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