I love our dog Mowgli, a lot. He’s my favourite pet of all time. He’s my best friend. But lately, I’m losing sleep over him. At the end of September, he developed an allergy (an ear infection brought us to the vet but he has been scratching for a few weeks prior). The vet prescribed an ear cleaner as well as an antihistamine. When the allergy pills ran out, he was okay for about a week…and then he became terrible again. So we went back on the pills. Then even while on the pills he was itchy so the vet suggested stopping them (as they aren’t so great for him) and just give him one Reactin a day. So we did that, which seemed OK at first…but you know what happens next. Yes, he got so much worse. He was scratching so much that he bled. Now we are back on the meds but this can’t be a long-term solution.
This is getting expensive. And he’s not getting better.
So far we’ve tried switching his diet (which can take 2-3 months to see improvement from), but maybe the food isn’t quite right. His fur is amazing on it though! His shedding is down by 50% or more. This is Purina Sensitive Skin & Stomach (main ingredient is Salmon). Even though the vet could find no evidence of fleas on either one of our dogs, we will treat the dogs (cats too) just in case. Our options left are: putting him on a stricter food diet and slowly introduce ingredients to watch for a reaction (this can take 2-3 months, additional time and money) , and/or environmental skin care testing ($$).
I would love to hear people’s opinions on what they think may be the cause of his allergies (food or environmental):
– when we adopted him, he had an ear infection. he hasn’t had one in 4 years since then! i’m wondering if he may have had his ear infection due to allergies? his ear infection in fall of 2014 was in the same ear as when we adopted him. back to 2010, could changing his diet (as we had no clue what he ate before he was adopted by us) have helped him with food allergies? and now he’s built up an intolerance to something in his food?
– in the summer-time, he eats grass. i know you’re thinking all dogs eat grass…no, he resembled a goat! he won’t play in the yard because he was too busy eating grass. could this be to sooth an upset stomach? or he just loves grass?!
– when Mowgli first went off his allergy pills, it was a Monday. that Friday he started having diarrhea (needing to go out every 2 hours) and it lasted for 3 days. could him initially being off the meds caused a hyper reaction to the food he was eating?
You can see here that I’m leaning towards a food allergy. But I would LOVE your thoughts…did anything I write make you think of another possibility? I seriously pray that we’ll be able to find a solution soon. It’s even more difficult with the vet bills + stress of him not getting better with a baby on the way. Our vet said that dog allergies are vets least favourite to work with. I’m desperate for help. Thank you for your time!