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Hi all! I've been following all the posts about allergies this summer with intense interest. This has been a really challenging summer for Teddy and I'm hoping for some advice on next steps. It seemed to start in May after a week long beach trip in Florida. Teddy ended up with hot spots, yeast between the toes, etc. The vet put him on a course of metronidazole as one of the spots was infected. Since then it's just been downhill. We live in South Carolina and Teddy has battled itching, licking, hot spots for the whole summer. I've tried fish oil, Benadryl, and vet prescribed Hydroxizine. In addition he's had one bacterial ear infection - for which the vet prescribed another course of metronidazole. Amazingly during the antibiotic rounds he hasn't really suffered from stomach issues. I've sporadically supplemented with Klaire probiotic powder. Teddy eats a homemade diet of mostly beef, rice, beans, veggies, and multiple vitamin supplements. Through all of the posts on here, I am fairly certain this isn't a food allergy issue because he's had good luck with this diet until this summer (he's 4 years old). However, about a week ago he did have a bout with diarrhea - for which, you guessed it, the vet prescribed another round of metronidazole. I only gave him 2 days worth of pills and took him off of it. This past week, he's vomited 3 times - mostly undigested food about 10 hours after eating.Normal energy level, eating, playful, drinking water, no diarrhea with the vomiting. And finally, he has anal gland issues. I don't know how it happened but, thinking I was helping, we began getting them expressed when he was a puppy and he's been pretty regularly getting them expressed once a month. Well, last month when he went in to get expressed, they ended up inflamed and on the verge of infection - for which, the vet prescribed metronidazole! He's had a normal expression between that bout and this week- 2 weeks later...and now he's back to incessant licking in that area - which tells me they are bothering him again. I just don't know what to do - i don't want to have them expressed because i know that can (and probably has) lead to all sorts of issues but we're headed into the weekend and I'm at a loss. I don't want him to be uncomfortable and I'm kind of losing confidence in my vet because her answer seems to be antibiotics for everything. However, I did call her for a referral to a dermatologist and am waiting to hear back. I also am speaking with a more holistic vet who agrees it may all be a case of allergies, but she's already mentioned starting with the M word for his anal gland issues. I've heard how expensive allergy testing can be so am also looking into this product: https://market.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/products/pet-wellness-pet-...

If anyone has any advice/experience, I sure would appreciate it. Thank you!

Nicole

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My mom actually has a bottle of VSL in the fridge - she has stomach issues too. I don't think she's using it anymore so maybe we will use that. What is an appropriate dose for a 58 lb dog? I'm taking Teddy to the internist today - hopeful that we get some answers! Thanks, all!

1 capsule per day.

Does it matter if it's given with food or without?

Nope. It's one of the few that can be given any time, with or without food.
It's truly amazing. 

Just got back from the internist. Teddy's abdominal ultrasound was normal and we are waiting for blood test results - they did a GI panel and cortisol to test for Addison's. Should get results next week. Pending blood test results, she is thinking he might have a food sensitivity and is recommending a novel protein trial along with the probiotics. I know that is a whole separate conversation though. I will let y'all know what happens with the results next week and start a new discussion (and will research) about the diet issues. My main concern is, since he is on a home cooked diet, how I will introduce a novel protein! Oh well, one step at a time, I suppose. 

Having been through the novel protein diet dilemma myself, I can be of some help with that. Doing it with a home cooked diet is going to be rough, but it can be done. A number of people in Jack's IBD support group were able to manage it. A lot is going to depend on what proteins Teddy has been exposed to in his lifetime, and how much you can invest in it, both in time and money. I'll be watching for the results of his blood work and your new discussion. 

OK, thank you so much, Karen!

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