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I am going to be taking kodie to his annual check up... he will be getting all his blood work done to check his liver counts (I'm hoping they are lower!!
)... and I wanted the vet to have a look at his skin. Kodie has been licking, pulling his hair, and somewhat scratching himself more than usual. He licks sometimes too much and his poor skin is all red and sore... hes mostly doing this to his arms, paws, and sometimes his body. I was wondering if a general doctor can determine if this is an allergy for kodie or if its a behavior thing such as anxiety or stress? I know a lot of times with my old dog the vet ALWAYS said everything was an allergy... they were wrong because he always sneezed and sometimes (not to be gross) blood booggies would come flying out... they said it was an allergy... it turns out it was a tumor in his nose (we found that out from another doctor about 1 yr later).
Anyone have any words of encouragement or ideas? I am always leary of the general medicine vets around where i live... I just dont think they have the experience sometimes to determine what is EXACTLY wrong with your dog. I am taking Kodie about 1hr away to the big hospital Red Bank Animal Hospital... instead of going to my local vet that is 5 mins from my house. I figure that at the big hospital they have a skin specialist if the general vet doesnt know what is wrong, ya know... but I still have my doubts about getting answers.
 

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I don't know about dogs but my cat George licks and chews his fur off due to nerves. He sure had some major bald patches once we introduced a dog to the household!
 

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Kodie's Mommy - and I call you that cause you are being such a good one right now.

As you may remember, Teddy has allergies to food - both chicken and beef and I can tell you that it is so apparent that this is what he is allergic to. I truly recommend that if you think Kodie has allergies that you take everything away from him but Lamb and rice. I also live in Jersey and I buy the Lamb right at ACME. I boil it and then add the rice which I have pre-cooked. (I beleive you home cook for Kodie also, Right?) Anyway, Teddy got better with the red and irratation he was experiencing within days. His eyes would turn beet red everytime he ate.

Now, this will only work if Kodie is allergic to food - if it is something in his environment then you will have a harder time isolating the problem.

I read a while ago on here someone who actually was able to give an anitdepresent to her little one and they improved so drastically that they no longer pulled at or itched there skin in any way.

I am so sorry little Kodie is going through this. Poor little boy.

Good luck.
 

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I am just hoping you are able to get some answers. I took Frosty to the vet at the beginnning of this past summer and was talking to the vet about the hair around her eyes (I was worried about inner eyelid hair) and I mentioned that she was licking her paws ALOT more than she ever had, and what could be done. The vet automatically said she must be allergic to grass and gave her some prednisone and an antihistamine. I trusted my vet and never even thought to question. I did give the medicine, not as much or for as long because of bad experiences in my human kids with prednisone. But it did seem to make the symptoms better. I think I should have been more insistent on tests to determine for sure, although I am not sure that would have made much difference if they don't have the experience to really know what they are looking for.
Let us know how his visit does go and what you think of them.
 

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I have read, a doggy dermatologist is best to determine a dog's allergies. They can do skin tests to rule out different allergins as they do in people.

They also have the diet where they elliminate most foods and then add one food at a time to determine which is giving an allergy. This one takes time.

Then you have to test for household things in the air like dust, fleas anything that could affect them from the outside.

It will take time but it can be done. It's all a process of elimination.

Most vet articles state that food allergy is less common then things they are inhaling.

Good luck.

http://www.vetinfo.com/dallergy.html
 

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I ran into similar issues with my yorkie Rocky. Rocky will be 3 in April, and about 2 months ago I noticed he was scratching and biting his paws a lot more than normal. I finally took a look at his paws and he was slowly ripping the hair out of the area right above the pads. I freaked out just because he has never had any seasonal or food allergies. We took him to the vet, I brought my food bag ingredients and his daily schedule expecting to get the problem taken care of. I asked so many questions that the vet was bound to give me answers, but the truth of it is you just never know. It is very difficult to find the root cause of the allergy in a dog, and more specifically if it is a food allergy, it is difficult to pin point which ingredient he may be allergic to. We were feeding Chicken Soup for the pet lovers soul and I didnt think it was that because al 3 had been on it for almost 2 years now. I also didnt think it was seasonal just because he was never bothered byt he outdoors. I ended p switching to the Flint River Food and continuing the nature's variety etc. and after about 2 weeks the scratching stopped and his hair is almost grown 100% back. Apparently, you have to be exposed to something in order to be allergic to it.

I am pretty sure Kodie is on a special diet for MVD so it would be especially difficult for you to pin point the ingredient he is allergic to just because you cant really switch foods and give him any more protein. Im not sure which food he is currently on out of the Hills diet (if he is on that) but she said to try the z/d ultra, but I refused to switch to a food that had starch as the first ingredient. She did say that we could try different antihistamines (benadryl etc) and to give him 1/2 a tablet a day to see if it helps the itching.

My guess is that if a vet tells you he knows exactly the origin of the allergy, I wouldnt personally believe it just because it is so hard to tell without allergy testing (is that is possible for dogs).
 

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I am running into the same problem with a vet telling me that any problem Miko is having is due to allergies. Frankly, I think some vets tend to blame too many things on allergies. For now, I am loading up my dog with antihistamines and antibiotics and various forms of foot soaks, shampoos and eye gels but I am really getting fed up with all this. Sure, he gets somewhat better but seeing that he is overmedicated, I can't be sure of the one thing that is helping. And after our last visit a few days ago, I am changing vets
 

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I think some vets tend to blame too many things on allergies.[/B]
DITTO!
I hate that! ...and that is my biggest fear...

I think kodie is stressed out... because ever since I started having bf probs he started this licking thing with his legs. He never did it before at all. I just bought a new batch of these tendon chews called flossies... they should be here this week in the mail... so everytime he starts to lick.. i'm gonna give him one of these...maybe that will get him to stop when i'm not able to play with him. It seems to be something he does when no one is paying attention to him.
 
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