was told by my vet test the there is no reliable food alleregy test for dogs yet.
Malli wrote:I agree with Marinepits advice.
I also have an allergic dog. Because of the location of his reactions (stomach, ears, and feet) and the multiple food trails he has been on, we (my vet and I) have guessed that he has Atopic and/or Inhaled and environmental allergies. His are not seasonal, there does not see to be any pattern or connection to anything we've tried. I do not feel at this point that allergy testing is necessary (#1, the skin test, the most reliable one, is only accurate in about 60% of dogs, #2, my veterinarian personally feels that we should only get the testing done if I want to go ahead with the desensitization shots, wich I do not feel are necessary at this point, #3 the shots do not work for every dog)
I am currently managing him fairly well on Royal Canin Skin Support food (to help the skin regenerate from infections etc), fish oil supplements, and very frequent medicated bathing. He still gets infections, but they take longer to crop up and don't seem to be nearly as severe. We've been doing this for about 6 months and fighting this issue for about 4 years.
I've heard from many veterinarians (I work at a hospital that about 20 Vets use, so I work with all of them occaisionally) that if the allergies are truly food related, Z/D is a really good shot.
Remember, when you do a food trial, your dog must eat ONLY the food you are trialling and NOTHING else (no other scraps, treats, chews, or people food), and you must keep this up for at least 8-12 weeks, the longer you keep it up, the surer you can be that it will or won't work for you.
Hope that helps
Oscar and I feel your frustration
Malli wrote:oh, sorry I meant for the poster!
I can see you're totally on top of it with mac
JennKBM wrote:So allergies can cause stinking, and sores as well?
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