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Nala keeps obsessively chewing, itching, gnawing at her legs and feet. Do you think she could be allergic to grass? What else could this be? I don't see any fleas on her.
 

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Is your yard treated with anything? Maybe it is the chemicals? Do you use room de-oder in your carpet? What about your laudry deterg.? Does her belly itch? Just some guesses?
 

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My yard isn't treated with anything. I don't really have any deodorizers in my carpet. Nothing recent, anyway. Her belly doesn't itch. She only gnaws at her legs and her tail. And maybe she doesn't have a cold afterall. Maybe she has a snotty nose from allergies? How in the heck do I figure out what she's allergic to?? Hopefully her vet will know. She goes back July 10th for her next set of shots. How frustrating. Poor itchy Nala.

I know she HAD fleas when I first got her. Could she still be itching from those bites 2 weeks later?
 

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It could be food allergies too. I'll paste this link to an article that talks about allergies. It is good info but it seems as though food allergies and inhalent/ contact allergies can develop the same reactions. Foot chewing is seen in both problems. Also allergies seem to come in multiples. If Nala is allergic to something, chances are, she's allergic to several things. I'm going through the same thing with Chico right now and it is really frustrating. I've decided to just pay the money and go see a specialist. I wouldn't rush off to a specialist with a new puppy though.

http://www.faqs.org/faqs/dogs-faq/medical-info/canine-allergies/

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Hmm, according to that article, sounds a lot like food allergies. She's been eating moist dog food, and I've slowly been trying to get her on dry kibble. I'll watch her diet and see if anything changes. Thanks Amber!
 

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Awww poor Nala. I was just going to say what Amber did. Could be grass or food allergies. My dog Spooky was allergic to both and would chew her feet till they bled for both food and grass allergies. I would start keeping a journal for Nala.
 

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I've been looking up more on food allergies, and I think that has to be it. The sneezing, the rubbing her face on the carpet, the leg chewing, the coughing/gagging...she does all that.

Now my next question is, what food is is least allergenic? Lamb & rice?
 

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If you think it's food, you will have to pick a protein and a carb that she has never been exposed to . No wheat, corn, soy, etc. Chico did pretty well on DVP DUck and Potato. Or you could be a total rebel and go raw like me. :lol:
 

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If she walks a lot on not mowed gras it can be gras mites, puppies are often sensetively for gras mites. It is different to an allergie, but she needs some medication. We use Stronghold or Advocat.
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Shelby does the same thing, and so does my mom's pug. We use the same vet, and they said it's a form of allergies - whether it be to the outside or food, but they couldn't determine from where. I have to give Shelby benadryl when she's doing it really bad. She also gets saliva stains on her feet from chewing on them.

Koda is allergic to the grass, but it's not severe. Whenever he's outside, when he comes in his little belly and feet, or anywhere he has any white, is solid pink and splotchy, but after 30 mins or so it goes away.
 

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Nala doesn't get red or splotchy anywhere after being outside. And she has really sparse fur, I can see her piglet pink skin underneath (lol) and she doesn't have any rashes. I stopped her antibiotic (14 days is overkill in my opinion) and she hasn't changed her itching that much. She's not chewing her paws, just her "ankles" I guess you could say. I guess she is too young to have developed a food allergy, so I don't know what else it could be. I wonder if the antibiotics caused her to have a yeast infection?

Anyway, she goes back to the vet tomorrow at noon. I hope they have some answers.

By the way, her incision is all healed up and looks great. Her snotty nose and cough are all gone. She'll be getting her vaccinations tomorrow. I just hope they don't make matters worse!
 

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Trina, as for her being to young for food allergies well I don't think so. WhenI got Moose at a very young age he was fine but a few days later he started to itch really bad. He would scratch and like 3 minutes later he would scratch again. This went on for a couple of days until i switched his food to a lamb and rice food and he stopped itching within a few days. He was 6 weeks old. So Nala could be allergic to her food. Age doesn't matter. You don't know how long she has been on solid food so it could build up in her tiny body. Good luck and I hope Nala gets relief soon.
 

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LuvaBULL said:
Now my next question is, what food is is least allergenic? Lamb & rice?
Foods that dogs aren't often exposed to. Protein sources like venison, duck, bison, elk, salmon (I'm drawing a blank now!). Alternatives to typical grains, such as millet, oats, potatoes. Bella and Remy are on an elk and salmon diet with no rice (Timberwolf Organics), and they are doing magnificently on it. Bella's outdoor allergies have even calmed down since I started feeding her this food. I'm not sure if it's just a coincidence, but it's pretty cool nonetheless!
 

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Well she just started lamb & rice yesterday, so let's see if it calms down. I'm still wondering about the yeast... I need to look up symptoms to that.
 

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Well guys, I spoke too soon. She has red bumps on her belly!! Poor Nala just can't catch a break! I gave her a bath with this stuff...PetRelief Anti-itch shampoo, "verterinary strength with Dermaspheres." It contains hydrocortisone. She hasn't itched since. I hope they can tell me something at her appt. Poor baby.
 
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