To this point, I’ve only mentioned a food allergy. However, I’m just an example of how difficult it is to find an answer to your allergies.
My Human noticed when we were in obedience, despite having me on Frontline and the typical Heartworm tablet that I’d just plop down and start scratching.
(The picture was taken during this early period. We were hiking on a mountain path.)
Puzzled, off to the vet I went. The vet decided to start with the assumption it was a food allergy. We tried a number of foods. We never got half way through a bag before I’d get worse.
Then my Human decided to try to cook human food for me. She fixed stuff like chicken and rice.
The vet instructed my Human to give me 4 Benadryl, each dose, because of my size and weight. I got LOTS of rest!
When I’d break out I had to go to the vet and get an antibiotic. My ears kept getting infections. My butt kept itching.
Now, let me point out that I have 2 “family” vets. One here and I go to a different one in the mountains. We were in the mountains when we started trying to figure things out.
Finally, the vets put me on a special ultra anti allergen food. Nothing else had worked, and we had given away about 12 different brands of dog food that I’d tried and rejected. Neither of my Humans were happy about this new food, but felt their hands were tied.
The new food helped some, but I kept getting the rashes. The Humans and the vets decided to have an allergy test run. In the meantime, every time a rash started, into the bath I went and was bathed with special oatmeal shampoo.
I seemed to be getting worse, not better. In order to take a picture of me, my Human had to be sure she was on an angle where my huge bald spots didn’t show.
Finally, the allergy results came back.
Tune in tomorrow for the results and what happened next.