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Our EB Romeo is having a terrible time with his skin allergies. We've tried everything from allergy testing and shots to every food under the sun. He gets pustules and his feet swell up. He's allergic to everything from grass to the bark on trees. We are at our wits end, and just want him to get some relief. He's always scratching. His tail is an "inny" so we clean it all the time, along with his ears and facial folds. This seems to irritate him even more. We use "Otomax" from our vet which helps a little but he's never completely well. Are there any other ideas we may have overlooked? Our vet discouraged us from using the raw diet.
 

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Make sure he's eating an allergy free food like DVP duck and potato
and getting omega 3/6 pills (fish oil pills or DermCaps).
If his allergies are contact allergies, make sure to bathe him almost daily to wash off allergens with an oatmeal/aloe shampoo and conditioner (soap free). And dont rub him dry, just pat dry so as not to rub all the allergens back into skin. That should give him some relief.

Usually allergy shots work, weird that they dont. Sorry, i know it's frustrating, going thru the same thing with my parents shih tzu.
She gets the pustules too and her feet have changed color due to the constant chewing she does.

Hopefully you can find the right combo of things to give some relief!
 

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These were some tips from some previous members - hope it helps. :)

My EB has light colored skin around his nose wrinkle which can sometimes look sore. I clean his wrinkles twice a day with baby wipes, then I put Aveeno diaper rash cream on. Also I use Johnson & Johnson liquid baby powder w/ cornstarch...which seems to be easier to put on then powder. Also, someone gave me the advice to use Bausch & Lomb - sterile neomycin and polymyxin B sulfate and bacitracin zinc ophthalmic ointment...where it is red. So far so good! It is a lot of work but it is worth it (Meatball)

We use baby wipes to clean our bully's nose wrinkles. Then we dry the wrinkles out with tissue and apply a very thin layer of Vaseline. If the wrinkles seem a bit red and sore, we apply a thin coating of Neosporin, instead of the Vaseline. We've been doing this for about 4 years now and it works very well. (OtisTheBully)


Almost forgot to mention about the feet. Have you tried dog boots for him when he goes outside so that his feet do not touch the grass?
 

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Romeo's skin trouble

Thanks for the info. I am trying the liquid powder in his tail. I also got the diaper rash cream and Neosporin. He's back on antibiotics and steroids since his foot blew up with an interdigital cyst. Gross! He's wearing a sock, which is not an easy feat for us to keep on him.
He eats Lamaderm food which is supposed to be very good for food allergies but I didn't have a chance to rate it yet. Does anyone have any info about it?
 

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DVP Duck and Potato isn't an allergy free food if your dog is allergic to duck and/or potato! There really is no "allergy free" food
I know, but it's allergy-free for a while...i guess.
It is from a food source he's never had, so until he develops allergy to duck that's what he eats :lol:
Then back to square one! (all i know is he doesnt POOT with this food :wink: )
 

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What really causes allergy problems.

My oldest dog, Matieca, used to have severe allergy problems. She was tested and is supposedly allergic to: poultry, corn, grass, fleas, wheat, yeast, and eggs.
The first 6 1/2 years of her life were miserable. She has chronic ear infections, chewed her feet raw, and was missing almost half of her fur from chewing all the time. We tried the "allergy" foods, we tried the steriods; she only got worse.

Finally, I consulted with Dr. Fudens (of Affinity Holistic Clinic). He treated Matieca with homeopathy and chinese herbs. They were to help detox her system and eliminate the affects from years of vaccinations and chemicals. I also started her on a raw diet. She gets 1 Nature's Variety raw patty (8oz), 1/2 cup of Oma's Pride raw mixed vegetables (carrots, grean beans, zucchini, yellow squash, and garlic), 1/4 oatmeal (cooked with 1/2 cup Swanson's Oganic beef broth, 1/2 cup of cottage cheese, 1 cooked egg, 2oz of Ultra Mangosteen, 1oz of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, 2 tbsp of salmon oil, 2 tbsp of Canine Complete w/Joint Mobility (by The Wholistic Pet), as well as her other supplements which I won't go into.

She has been almost completely allergy free for 3 1/2 years now.
All of my other dogs get feed Nature's Variety dry mixed with Northwest Naturals raw (normally a half and half mix). Except Jaeger (my 13 week old pit), he is going to be on all raw until he is atleast 6months old.

All this said, I guess I should make a point. Most "allergy" problems come from poor quality food, chemicals, and vaccinations. I personally refuse to vaccinate my dogs and cats (they receive Nosodes instead), I give them bottled water to drinks, and I feed them only human-grade foods. The only chews they get are from Nature's Variety, Free Range Dog Chews, or Merrick.

Websites about what goes into pet foods.
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines02/0106-04.htm
http://www.belfield.com/article3.html
http://www.preciouspets.org/truth.htm
http://www.iamscruelty.com/
http://www.api4animals.org/facts?p=359&more=1
http://www.newstarget.com/012647.html
http://www.consciouschoice.com/2001/cc1410/safepetdiets1410.html

Websites about vaccinations and vaccinosis.
http://www.wholisticanimal.com/petvaccinations.asp
http://www.holisticat.com/vaccinations.html
http://www.homeovet.net/content/lifestyle/section2.html
http://www.dogstory.net/urkillingyourpetsp3.htm
http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/

Hope this helps you as much as it did me.
 

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If your dog is chewing its paws, rubbing its head on stuff, gets ear infections that is usually from contact or inhaled allergies.
It is Atopic dermititis.
The most commonly seen, tell-tale sign of atopic dermatitis is licking and chewing the feet, or body, in the middle of the night. The dog who wakes up its owners making sounds of licking, biting and scratching needs to be seen by its health care provider
 

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I'm going through the same problems with Chico right now. I use Malaseb wipes between his toes for the itching there. The wipes work great. Chico has grass allergies and seasonal inhailant allergies. I ended up switching over to a raw/ elimination diet and started giving him a hollistic supplement from Standard Process. This stuff has truly been a miracle for us. I'll post the link here. It's outrageously expensive but I'm hoping that he'll only need it until the weather changes. We noticed that the pustulles cleared up within a couple of days of Chico using it. When I ran out, the rash came right back. I've been wiping his belly down twice a day with saltwater and noticed the yeast has cleared up quite a bit. Stay away from any food with a lot of grains and carbs!

this is the standard process supplement info. http://spinelife.stores.yahoo.net/a1350.html
You're supposed to get it through a vet but I found it online for half the price. You need a password to purchase it and I've been having problems getting one from them. 125mgs. is about a month's supply for my 100lb. dog so it's not cheap by any means.
 
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