Hi everyone! We’ve been on quite the journey with our 2 yo doodle girl and her food sensitivities, and allergy. We would love to hear from your experiences and what may have helped! I will do my best to summarize it.
Teddie had anal gland and GI issues since she was a puppy. Every now and then she would have diarrhea. Eventually (around 1 and a half) she also started scratching the side of her mouth and licking/itching her paws. This was in the middle of winter, so vet discarded seasonal allergies possibility. It took us some time but we identified that chicken was an issue. We switched to a beef and brown rice dry food. It got a little better, but still not great; sometimes her stool would have mucus, very soft, and itching persisted.
We decided to start mixing dry food with homemade food. It didn’t do much. Only when we started feeding her 100% homecooked food her stool improved very quickly, no more diarrhea, no more mucus, solid healthy stool. Itching improved a bit but not much.
We heard from our breeder that other dogs had issues with brown rice and beef, so we decided to change her diet to ground turkey, sweet potatoes and veggies homecooked food only. No more treats nothing but those few ingredients.
It has been a month and a half, GI tract looking good, and while we saw improvement with the scratching, it’s been ups and downs. Some weeks she will rarely itch. Others it seems like a lot. We are doing our best to feed her those elimination diet ingredients only, but every now and then someone will give her a dog treat without knowing her issues. It’s so hard!
The past week we have been super vigilant and strict, but still have been seeing her go at her paws and scratch her mouth. We feel so bad for our baby girl and wish we knew what the issue is. 😔
She went on strong allergy pills prescribed by the vet for a while, and it improved but not completely. Also, we’d rather try to find out what the root cause is instead of just suppressing symptoms with pills forever. She’s been tested for mites, parasites, and everything else. All clear.
Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions?
Thank you so much in advance!