I couldn't find any ongoing conversation about the latest Podcast about allergies/itching so I'm starting one. I finally got a chance to listen and I thought it was very interesting and informative. It's an issue that so many of us can relate to. I'm glad Adina touched on bathing routines. It was one of those issues you hear so much different advice but you know it depends on the dog's coat and lifestyle, but still when there is itching involved you think "I'm I bathing too often or not enough? Do I really need special shampoo or go milder?" I was thinking once a month was enough but glad to hear more often isn't a problem. I went through so many shampoos/conditioners before I found the least offensive to Picco's skin.
I recently changed Picco's food because his eyes and ears got red and flaky and I think caused by a chicken based food which I had switched to a couple months prior. He was on lamb based before that and would regurgatate sometimes but never saw a rash or anything similar. I've been rotating between rabbit & duck limited ingredients and now his stool are always good & firm (and big!) and no more regurgitating. So it wasn't just the chicken but I think the lamb was effecting him somewhat before. I am challenging him with other proteins just reluctant with chicken or lamb which is okay since there is so many to choose from. So according to Dr. Barbet, there may be an environmental issue going on too since there is still some scrathing & paw licking going on. I don't know if it's bad enough to give meds but will talk with my vet about it.
Thanks Adina - that was a great podcast!