When Maggie (Lab/sharpie mix) was around 6 months, she developed severe allergies. She lost almost half her hair and chewed on herself constantly. She also had ear infections. While she didn't have the ear and anal-gland problem some dogs get, she was miserable.After months of trying many expensive things (not prednisone, which I avoided), I found EQyss shampoo and spray (Micro-Tek). This got her skin calmed down, and I could see that she had hives, which would turn into a big mess with all the chewing. This would begin about a half-hour after she ate, so I began to suspect it was a food allergy. I felt that a lamb-and-rice diet would be a good choice.This food is free of soy, corn, chicken and wheat. Her allergies stopped immediately, her coat grew back beautifully and her ear infections went away. She is now 8 years old and has never had any more problems.I've spoken to others who have had animals with similar symptoms as Maggie, and as soon as they switched to a lamb-and-rice dog food, the dog allergies w
L.A., Cape Coral, FL Feb 18, 2007
Thanks for sharing your success story getting to the bottom of your poor dog's problem.Many dogs (and cats, too) suffer miserable lives with skin and ear conditions that cause much irritation and suffering. Too often, this is misdiagnosed as an infection and then overmedicated with steroids. Costly hypersensitivity tests and desensitization injections make this widespread problem in cats and dogs a profitable business.The first step when this kind of skin problem develops is to see whether a hypoallergenic diet or a food with ingredients like rice and lamb will do the trick. The best preventive is to have control over what your dog or cat eats by making home-prepared meals of known whole-food ingredients -- ideally, organically certified.
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