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Dogs Allergies

My Best friends dog has some all of a sudden severe allergies.. he is scratching all the time leaving bald spots and bleeding from scratching, the vet says its just allergies and she bought this shampoo but its been weeks and it is not getting better, anyone have any better ideas?


Asked by maxsmom11807 at 1:43 PM on Nov. 5, 2010 in Pets

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  • I would change the dog food if the vet supports that. My dog used to have skin problems- turns out she was allergic to her food so now she eats Taste of the Wild and is doing very well on it.

    Answer by VeggieMuslima at 11:36 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • Sounds like it's time to see the vet again~~Didn't they give him anything?

    Answer by Carolannie at 2:04 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • Just the shampoo to try - they seemed like eh' its probably just allergies, try this - and she's taken him back 2 times and isn't getting anywhere, she lives in NJ and I live in MN so I don't have recommendations of vets but she said there's only 2 around there and they both aren't very good

    Comment by maxsmom11807 (original poster) at 2:06 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • Maybe suggest that she changes dog food. Some things in dog food that dogs can be allergic to are corn, wheat, soy, and beef. Also watch out for animal digest/fat, meat/beef & bone meal, bht/bha, menadione, and ethoxyquin (ethoxyquin may be in the food even if it isn't on the ingredient list...the manufacturer doesn't have to list it unless they add it themselves, so if there is any kind of fish meal in the food, contact the manufacturer and ask them if their fish supplies preserve w/it). A couple of good sites to start with are,,, and The first 2 sites rate brands of dog food.

    Answer by CollinBayleeMom at 2:36 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • maybe suggest allergy testing? and however that comes back, the dog should be able to get shots for the allergies. if they're severe enough, the Dr. should be able to put the dog on something. maybe even a short-course of steroids to help with the itchiness.

    Answer by -mrs.mamma- at 3:24 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • I am leary of pushing her in that direction as that is how I lost our Dog at younger than 3 years old. We had allergy testing done at the University - gave him daily shots as he was allergic to even US.. human dander.. then the steriods and shots were too much for him and his body started shutting down, his spleen became enlarged and passed only took a total of 3 months for this all to happen so I am cautious but feel terrible for both of them.. thanks for all the help ladies

    Comment by maxsmom11807 (original poster) at 3:27 PM on Nov. 5, 2010