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Tribulations of a Bear-Shaped Dog.

Posted on 2011.05.29 at 09:54
Mandy's been having skin problems. It's been a couple of years, with various attempts to treat her coming and going, with her skin calming and and inflaming, and, as she itches and scratches herself, more and more of her hair coming out. Right now, he fur is so thin forward of her haunches that her skin is clearly visible, and she's not recognizable as the shaggy bear in this icon.

Diagnoses have included mange and various fungal and viral infections.

But it turns out, the fundamental underlying problem is this: Food Allergies.

She's allergic to: (These are the top six; the numbers are Elisa Absorbance Units: Less than 80 is considered okay.)

Brewer's Yeast86

I've got her on Taste of the Wild brand Salmon.

The antifungals and intibiotics will be running out soon, and we'll go forward with her on this new diet. We'll have to see.


Monica Rose
carose59 at 2011-05-29 16:23 (UTC) (Link)
Poor sweetie! If she was a cat, I might have something useful to say, but all I can offer is sympathy.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2011-06-10 23:34 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, sweetie!
ljs at 2011-05-29 17:23 (UTC) (Link)
I sympathize -- and I hope the salmon variety works!
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2011-06-10 23:35 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! We're hopeful!
uk_sef at 2011-05-30 07:25 (UTC) (Link)
Poor dog. That's quite a list to avoid. Though there are still lots of possibilities for non-processed foods, depending on where you live. Eg squirrel, pigeon, rabbit, ostrich, witchetty grub, meercat ...
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2011-06-10 23:35 (UTC) (Link)
She's liking the Salmon, so, we'll see how things go.
alloy_ at 2011-05-30 08:55 (UTC) (Link)
We had a cat who was allergic canned fish, and lost a lot of fur around her face.

Changing her diet gave her great improvement, so I'm hopeful on your behalf.

Allergies are a funny thing.

Most people complain about worsened Asthma when they move to New Zealand, however my wife's has improved dramatically. Suggesting that the bulk of her asthma symptoms were driven by environmental (pollution) factors

I notice pork and mutton aren't on the list, are they a nosh option for your poor beastie?
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2011-06-10 23:36 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Marc.

Pork and Mutton are also possible choices.
ashaherazade at 2011-06-01 00:10 (UTC) (Link)
My baby bear (Panda the Newf) developed wheat and corn allergies. I found that for my pup lamb and rice worked, but with this list I'd suggest corn however be VERY wary that she doesn't have or develop wheat or corn reactions. Do check on the lamb/mutton, pork, and depending upon what is available in your area things like venison (maybe buffalo since you never know if the real problem isn't the beef but the things they fed the cow...!) Fish does not have to be salmon (though I'm sure she loves it) so maybe see about fish steaks mixed in? Just a thought. But then I'm the one who boiled dog bones to flavor Panda's water when she got really sick (liver issues) and had to stay hydrated despite not wanting to drink for two weeks.
Good luck to Mandy and yourselves!
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2011-06-10 23:37 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! So far, so good on the Salmon.
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