song.sparrow Posted March 27, 2021 Report Share Posted March 27, 2021 Hi everyone! I am not sure what advice to even ask for here, but I am feeling overwhelmed and thought maybe people would have some suggestions. Our 8-month-old is currently on a 12-week elimination diet due to suspected food allergies. He has been itchy since we got him at 8 weeks, and his food also seemed to upset his stomach. We added pumpkin to his food, which helped, and also mixed multiple types of food to try to mitigate the issue. The original itchiness was in his ears. Vet took skin scrapings and didn't find anything, and gave him 3 treatments of Revolution in case it was mange, with no result. We also started adding olive oil to his food and to gave him an egg a day, which seemed to reduce the itchiness. Then he started getting itchy around his back end / tail. Since the itchiness was ongoing for months with no resolution, the vet put him on an elimination diet for food allergies - we're about 6 weeks in. Now he only eats Royal Canin hydrolyzed protein moist food and kibble and treats, and he was (until today) chewing on antlers. The elimination diet has helped with the itchiness. Last week and this week he had an incident of vomiting followed by lethargy and refusing to eat. Last weekend we had him at the emergency vet, today at our vet. All tests and X-rays have come back normal. Our vet gave us medicine to give him for a week, and said to take away the antlers. He also likes to dig in the back yard (which we were working on discouraging) and will grab mouthfuls of dirt, turf, roots and rabbit/deer droppings either in the yard or when he's out for walks to the park. The vomiting often followed these types of incidents. The vet said dogs eat these kinds of things when they have an upset stomach, to encourage vomiting, but that we need to stop him from doing so because it will continue to irritate his GI tract. I am frustrated and at a loss and feel so bad for the pup. Now for walks we'll have to keep him on roads and hard paths, and I don't know how we'll get his energy out without being able to run and play in our back yard, and he won't get the release of being able to chew on his antlers. Any advice, creative ideas, or just sympathy are welcome! Thanks! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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