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9/30/13 3:27 P

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I had a dog named Rosie and she had allergies. She was allergic to something in the grass because it would flare up in the spring and not go away until the fall. Sweet little girl has gone to the rainbow bridge.

Personally I wouldn't do an elimination diet without guidance from my veterinarian



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9/27/13 1:01 A

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Not as windy here today, but some. Tomorrow we should go back to 82...Halloween should be fun and spooky this year lol. emoticon

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We've cooled way down too. In the 50's but not what I expected yet. Windy and cloudy today.

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9/26/13 3:21 A

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It sure cooled down. We're in the 40's tonight. Really unusual for here.

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I've actually thought the same thing, our summer has been so dry and odd this year too. On Oreo's raw (hot spot) I've been using an anti-itch cortisone cream & a triple antibiotic ointment. I did bathe her with an oatmeal shampoo and used an apple cider vinegar rinse. That did help some.

I got the idea of using apple cider vinegar while looking at PetSmart itch stuff.

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9/24/13 9:16 P

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It must be in the air. Sarge scratches off and on at times, and that isn't like him at all. Weather wise, our summer was a bit different, and it looks like Fall is already showing its face. I wonder if that is the reason. If not, I think it might be wheat or corn, so I have been giving Sarge the treats we buy for Henley. I do have an anti itch spray, and I sprayed some on Sarge today. I hope it works. Hopefully tomorrow we can give the dogs a bath with Oatmeal Shampoo.

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Sounds like you had a good day.

My Oreo has been itching quite a bit more then usual this summer. It got pretty bad a couple weeks ago, she scratched the side of her face raw so I've been doing the diet elimination game. So far I'm looking at two culprits, chicken (I've been making homemade chicken strips lately) and milk products (I make yogurt ice cream for her). Right now, I'm making her wear her booties on her back paws until I can be sure of what is causing the itching. She don't seem to scratch as much with the booties on emoticon

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9/21/13 9:49 P

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I met Cassie's breeder at the dog show today. She forgot to call and get the dog food from her friend, but we went to Petco and she got some Pro Plan for sensitive Skin and Stomachs to try. The price of everything was around $10 more than what it was before the flooding. Hopefully that food will work okay for her. Lori saw how much Cassie is itching.

It was a nice day. Watched the ACDs show, then the Junior Showmanship. Same judge did both. Lori's daughter won her class in Jr Showmanship. After going to Petco we went to On The Border for lunch. I think I did pretty good there with a guacamole tostada and an enchilada. both were small.



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9/21/13 1:47 A

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Natural Balance has a program with some pet stores. You buy 10 bags of dry food, then the next purchase is free. Just in case anyone is interested.

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If you are on a tight budget, I would suggets looking at Walmart. As far as I have found they have the cheapest price per pound of grain free or gluten free food. There is also coupons out for Rachel Ray's grain free food, and she also has a limited ingredient food. They also have brands geared to dogs with allergies. My pet store (Pet Supplies Plus, IDK if you have one) has a shopper card and they send email coupons for certain weekends or brands. I take advantage of those as well. I have limited funds myself...

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So many dogs have allergies.My neighbor's cute little dog rubs his belly continually.he doesn't seem to itch anywhere else. emoticon

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9/19/13 11:49 A

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Do try the food thing. For one month try the really good food, the vet can tell you what. These contain only 2 ingredients. Preferably one that the dog hasn't ever had, like bison and sweet potatoes, or something like that. If the dog gets better, it's a food thing. If not, it's something else. My dog has bad allergies. Gets bad rashes on her stomach. We've tried so many things, but nothing has worked, even Benadryl. Even antibiotics only slowed it down. Then finally this year it cleared up. We don't know why. Hopefully it won't come back.
Good luck! Hope it's the food, easiest one to deal with.


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9/18/13 7:01 P

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I forgot to mention we also give Henley Benadryl. We feed twice a day, so he gets his pills with both meals. We used too give him shots (serum) for his allergies, but luckily he is doing fine without the shots now. I was told by the Vet that for the outdoor allergies we don't even have to have a type of tree or plant that Henley is allergic to in our yard. The wind can blow the pollen into out yard. I live in the desert, so we always have a nice breeze or wind going. I sure hope you can find out what is causing the itchiness. emoticon

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Ok, so this got me thinking. My dog used to have itchy trouble and I used an oatmeal shampoo. Seemed to help. Also, too frequent bathing will dry out the skin and cause itching. Just some more food for thought.

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9/18/13 5:19 P

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As I said, it might also be something in the lawn. She has fairly short hair (Not like a dachshund or greyhound, more a medium length but considered short) but it is thick which is why I didn't see that her skin was raw. She has been washed at 2 week interval, but starts itching when she starts to dry off, so in about 3 hours from the bath. So the baths are not helping. I have tried different shampoos, including a waterless shampoo between the bathings. She was scratching a little while ago, but seems to be doing okay right now. I guess the Benadryl takes a little while to work.



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Are you sure it's a food allergy? My dog spent all last winter scratching and when it was warm enough, we cut his hair really short and I bathe him every month or so. No scratching. I did eventually change his food, too, but the scratching stopped before that.

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I was looking at the ingredients on the Fromm bag and it has barley, 2 kinds of rice, egg, and a bunch of other stuff. I know that the Eukanuba has a lot of different ingredients. So it might be a while to figure out what she is allergic to. It might also be something in the lawn outside since she was in a run with a different surface than grass where she used to live. That would not be good because she loves that big back yard.

There are a couple places that have pet food banks (not very close yet, but they are working on one that is really close). I am hopeful that the one that will be coming close will have some things that she can eat because at the Pet Expo they had bags of things like Taste of the Wild and other similar foods.

Thanks for the ideas for cheaper homemade.



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Our Hound Henley has food and outdoor allergies. The food is of course, Wheat and Corn. But also Barley, Soy, and Milk products. Luckily Natural Balance offers a dry food he can eat. Sounds like you have a great Vet!

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If you can rule out an egg allergy then egg and white rice might be an inexpensive but good way to feed as long as there is vitamin/mineral supplement added. Occasionally adding some canned salmon, the kind that they carry at Walmart in the plain cans, is not too expensive, either and would be very healthy.
If you have access to free food at a foodbank you may be able to use some of it for your dog.
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Both our little dogs have been getting sick on Lamb (which we finally found out with elimination). We have mixed it in with chicken and rice and as long as they don't have a steady diet of lamb, they are good. When we get to our winter home, they both start scratching so we figured out that we can use a hydrocortisone shampoo that we buy at Walmart and it calms the scratching. We use it about every other bath. I hope Cassie is doing better! It's hard to isolate what the allergen is! Good luck.

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My big problem is that I am completely broke. Cassie's breeder has been supplying her food so that she would have someone to love her and take care of her. She ended up having to place some of her dogs when she had to move into town.

I have a really great vet. I started out taking Cassie down for a nail trim since I was having trouble getting them down enough. I mentioned that she had scratched herself raw I decided that I would have the raw spot looked at and would keep trying to get her nails down myself. The vet did both and charged for the nail trim.

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my gabby has seious allergies . i give her salmon with potato from healthy choice. seems to be working.

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Charlie has allergies and does best grain free. I feed him Taste of the Wild or other brands as they go on sale.

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The most common food allergens for dogs roughly in order are corn, wheat, soy, chicken, beef and eggs. The best would be to try an elimination diet. If necessary start with home-cooking but many dogs will do well with a dry food that is based on rice and lamb or rice and fish.
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Don't know what she might be allergic to? My sister had a dog once who was allergic to........get this.......meat! He had to eat vegetarian! Otherwise he scratched, bit his paws and scratched some more! Good luck with your Cassie!! Hope you find the answers she needs.

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Well, I found out that Cassie has allergies. The other day I felt a scab on her shoulder/neck area (couldn't see it). I had salve on it since it was late, then yesterday gave her a good bath. By evening she was scratching again. I had thrown out what was left of the last bag of food because she was getting sick on that (she also itched the whole time on it). That one was Eukanuba Lamb and Rice. She is now eating Fromm Chicken and Rice. I am going to check the Pet Pantry and see if I can find food there, but does anyone know what kind I should try to get provided I can choose? I got her some Benedryl today. She also got her nails trimmed down more than I have been able to do when we were at the vet.



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