Dottie's Neck ..

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Postby Emi » January 20th, 2006, 12:08 pm

Dottie had been having problems with a allergy of some sort on her neck, it look really bad at one point...

I believe she may have developed a allergy to Wellness chicken , has any one else had that problem ??

I had forgotten to order her Wellness dog food, so Earl ran down to Petsmart and got her some Nutro Chicken and Oatmeal... well since she's been back on t he Nutro her neck is cleared up .. and looks wonderful...

I was so scared and upset over this...

Here is what her necked looked like


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Postby mnp13 » January 20th, 2006, 12:20 pm

I'd take a good look at the ingredients between the two of them and see if there is anthing high up in the list of the wellness that is a 'common' food allergy. It would also seem odd that she 'suddenly' started to be allergic. Did anthing else change in your house? New cleaners, detergents, etc?

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Postby Jaime » January 20th, 2006, 12:28 pm

i have allergy problems with capone- the only food he seems to do well with is the nature's variety prairie venison
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Postby Emi » January 20th, 2006, 12:31 pm

Only other thing when it started was , ding bat Earl got downy with freebreeze in it .. (Sp?) but was only used one time ...

It was actually over a months time it started out very small then went to all over her body little bumps ... and her neck was the worse part ...
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Postby Jaime » January 20th, 2006, 12:51 pm

funny you say that b'cause capone had a rash all over his chest from a blanket in his crate that i used fabric softner on. :?
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Postby cheekymunkee » January 20th, 2006, 1:05 pm

Could be the chicken too. Munkee is allergic to it. He can't even eat it raw
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Postby pblove » January 20th, 2006, 3:40 pm

I hope this was a one time deal for Miss Dottie!

Jaime, thank you for that info about fabric softeners. :o
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Postby CinderDee » January 20th, 2006, 6:53 pm

Kato had something similar. In addition to switching him to Timberwolf, I also wash his bedding in baking soda and a tiny bit of Borax which really helped.
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Postby Emi » January 24th, 2006, 12:11 pm

Actually this started back in Nov ... and just now was all cleared up.. lol I know some of the people here was reading about it before ...
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