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8/5/08 3:36 P

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We have been lucky with Toby. He has not had ear troubles. We have noticed that hard chews don't agree with his digestive system. He usually throws them up and because he does not chew them up, we can tell what didn't agree with him. Hence, we do not give him very hard treats.

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8/5/08 11:26 A

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Beth - Bosco's carrots pass thru in chunks as well, but then, most of his food passes thru in chunks since he barely chews anything. According to the vet, it's okay. He's been eating carrots twice a day for years & he's still kickin' so I guess it's okay. I'm sure both of my guys would be pudgy if they got fatty dog treats all the time instead of carrots. I also tried raw broccoli for awhile, but we had to clear the room for hours after Bosco ate it (pee-yew)!

I hope Cooper's ears stay nice & clear. I do the "sniff" test on my guys' ears because it seems you can smell trouble brewing before you can see it. Good luck! I hope you've been having a wonderful summer.
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8/5/08 10:09 A

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Connie---Cooper does like carrots too...do your dogs digest them fully?? Our husky would pass the chunks so DH is leary about giving them to Cooper---but I give them to him once in a while.....

His ears have been great---so far, but last night there was some head shaking going on....look at his ears probably 3 times a day for any signs of red....at least he is used to me doing that now...

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8/5/08 12:24 A

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Beth - I'm so sorry to hear you've had such a trying time with Cooper's ear problems. I know that's so upsetting to see him suffer like that. Glad it's much better now & hope it stays that way. Seems like the dryer & cleaner we keep the ears, the less chance they have of getting these horrible infections. About snacks, does Cooper like baby carrots? Bosco & Speedy get them twice a day & are more excited about their carrots than they are about doggie treats.

Deb - Sorry about Bud's allergy problems. Hope the quarterly shots continue to help him.

Jen - Oh, poor Vegas! And poor you! I'm in total agreement with you about vets & human docs making us crazy. I know they can help us & our animals so much, but they can also do a lot of trial & error stuff that seems to be mostly error. Costs us time, money, & more importantly more suffering for our furry babies.

It makes me very nervous to read that Vegas has been on Prednisone so much. That stuff is a double edge sword, as it makes the dogs feel great, but can have terrible effects on their organs. I learned that the hard way with my last beagle. I'll let the vet put my guys on Prednisone short term, but only when it's the only solution. Then I take them off it ASAP. I hope Vegas will be able to stay comfortable without the Prednisone soon. Good luck!

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7/30/08 4:28 P

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Jen---sounds like the money was well spent...at least you know now what the allergies are....hope the injections work!!!!

Cooper has been great, knock on wood...ears are cleared up---still no treats, but he can have bananas and apples still and he gets his dog food as a treat....its food to him, he's a lab, he doesn't care!!!! We go back in Sept for yearly---hopefully we won't have to go sooner!!!!

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7/30/08 4:06 P

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Vegas is 4 and has been on and off prednisone most of his life, plus on different food diets and everything else. His vet finally referred us to a dermatologist this spring and I told the guy that I was certain Vegas had environmental allergies, but he made me do another food diet and a bunch of drugs. I just took him in today to get his allergy tests, which cost me over $700 (others posted back to my thread on Dog Lovers that they've had it done in different states cheaper - this is in Portland, OR) - they threw in a free nail clipping - aren't they kind? And he's just starting the desensitizing shots for ... environmental allergies. Doctors, both for humans and animals, drive me crazy. I really hope it works, and I hope that your dog does not have them. My dog is allergic to everything in the air around here, just like his mommy!

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7/7/08 5:24 A

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I have had a few of my guide dogs develop allergies and it pushes them out of the program. So far food has worked-I am currently working with a 9 month old that is on Nutro lamb and rice after being on Iams. We start there and hope for the best.
I had a dog that was released and is doing just fine in a different state, so who knows.
Keep trying and hopefully it'll work out.
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7/4/08 11:15 P

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Our oldest dd has a shi tsu pure breed and Prissy is allergic to grass. They have a special shampoo that helps but Prissy does have to have some kind of shots every so often. The shampoo helps but it does not smell good. Prissy is also allergic to dog perfume/deodorizers too.

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7/4/08 10:46 P

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I just spent one hundred seventy two dollars on our chocolate lab, Bud. He has allergies too. The allergies caused him to have open, wounds on his faced that got infected! He was miserable, and he stunk! They gave us pills and powder and he was better, but now I noticed that he is scratching again! Ughhhhhhhhhhh! They said that he would more than likely have to have steroid shots every three months. His allergies we belive come from the pollen and grass.

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7/4/08 12:14 P

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yes it has worked so far but with the occasional help of medicine. he gets yeasty ears, yeast sores on his belly, staph infections & no hair on his butt. it's taken about 8 months to see any real improvement, with the occasional help of medicine. and, he has to wear a cone at bedtime. :o)
please keep us posted on your pup... allergies are probably one of the most frustrating issues to deal with.

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7/4/08 11:12 A

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The vet food worked though??? That is great----that is a small price to pay for the relief!!! We will be trying vet food in a couple weeks from the sounds of things.....hoping for NO MEDS!!!


I am glad you were able to get help for Walter....

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im sorry about your pup. we've gone through the same thing with walter our lab. its five years later and we are JUST getting it under control. we tried cortizone shots, those enzyme probiotics, different holistic foods... the only thing that's worked is a vet prescribed food for us. (80$ for a 35 lb bag...)
i hope your little guy will be okay.. its heartbreaking to watch them and not be able to help that much, i know.

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7/4/08 6:03 A

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Thanks Carry---his poor ears canals are so swollen, he is only on 1 pill for 5 days and the 1 pill every other day for a total of 8 pills....
I hate him being on this too, but I needed to give him some relief and help the inflammation....

I am looking into enzyme probiotics...I guess with dog food, the enzymes needed to digest the food?? are destroyed when baking?? I guess if they eat RAW diets they get these enzymes...So this type of product helps with the food digestion, helps them to get the nutrients from the food...and we all know the benefits of probiotics...breeder says to give it a try, cleared up skin issues in another dog.... www.naturvet.com/listingview.php?lis
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I am so sorry Beth. I hope is just an ear infection and he got into something at his aunts house and not allergies. Prednisone is awful to have them on. It makes them drink all kinds of water and their little bellys get all distended on it. Snick was on for months until we started treatment. There wasn't anything else that they could give him? Like benedryl or something?

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Toby is not allergic to anything we know of except the perfume in shampoo or other dog perfumes.

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Hi Guys, Cooper went to the vet yesterday due to the left ear now having an infection, just finished treating the right one.....he had a couple scabs on the right side of his face, that DH and I were not sure about them since they come out while he was at his Aunts house while were on vacation...anyways, we try to get the scabs off of him and some hair comes out too....he just turned 1 in May.....vet thinks this is all ALLERGIES!!!!! Oh no!!! No treats right now, just his food, he is on prednisone since his poor canals are so inflamed and on panolog.....we will introduce treats back in 2 weeks 1 kind at a time and see what happens...

I know we have labs in this group and I know they get ear infections and allergies...I am hoping its not allergies and just an infection from swimming...but in my heart I think its allergies....
Any advice?? He is on Eagle Pack food and gets only food and treats from the holistic store...some of them have wheat in them though...no corn though...I know I can get no corn, beef, wheat or soy products, but we are starting at the beginning, his food has none of these, the protein is chicken by product


Anyways, just thought I would post since I know I am not alone...

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