TheRedQueen wrote:It's possible that she's allergic to grains...that can cause skin problems in many dogs...and going grain free can't hurt. I have two allergy dogs, and they're both doing better on grain-free kibble now.
I give my guys L-lysine when I need to up their immune system...during allergy attacks, etc. Score had viral mouth warts as a puppy...and I supplemented with lysine and they disappeared.
What type of mange does she have? I've been given topical flea treatments (Revolution) for when Ripley got sarcoptic mange a few years ago...it cleared up really quickly..
Isn't demodex a hormonal thing too...that's why it affects that certain age range so much? I mean, it could be allergies, as we suggested...but it might just be age and immune system out of whack.
What exactly does the vet have you doing for all of these things?
Malli wrote:to rule out food allergy, it is my understanding that you need a minimum of 2-3 months on a trial diet of a new protein (and no other protein consumed before) for a trial. During this time you would feed nothing (including treats) besides the new protein diet.
basically, a lot of medicine is removing variables to narrow down cause, so you can think of each of your questions as a variable.
I would :
-stop feeding her treats and keep her only on the new diet and nothing else
-treat the giardia
-treat anything else wrong with her
Malli wrote:my understanding of mange is that it is typically related to an inexperienced immune system in a young dog, or a decreased or overloaded immune system otherwise.
As for the pictures, she is very cute
To me it looks like there is some hair regrowth - I see thinning patches of hair but not bareness, her skin is a bit pink as well. She really doesn't look too bad though...
Deboned Chicken, Whitefish, Chicken Meal, Oatmeal, Ground Peas, Ground Barley, Ground Brown Rice, Salmon Meal (a source of DHA - Docosahexaenoic Acid), Tomato Pomace, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a natural source of Vitamin E), Tomatoes,
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