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    Any experiences? Did it work, fail? What else did you try?

    We have a very itchy rescue in and I hope to resolve her issues so we can re-home her. I would love to hear other's experiences in this area.
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    I have a Staffordshire that gets itchy...she's nearly 5 and when she was about 1 she had a bad rash and was treated at the vet for it-some sort of allergy. I was keen to treat the problem without drugs so experimented with her diet. I found that bathing her with 'otmeal' shampoo and a diet of raw food and 'eagle pack-holistic' dry food has done the trick. She has been problem free for 2-3 years.

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    Yeah the oatmeal shampoo is great! Also, put raw egg in the dogs food, this helps improve their skin and fur
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    Thanks. I only feed raw though and we have gone beyond the raw food vs commercial diet and hence why we are now trialling an elimination diet.

    Have you any experience with an elimination diet specifically?

    Chanel (I didn't choose the name....) has been with us now for 10 weeks. Initially she was a dermatological mess with bacterial skin infections, blackened dead skin in areas, bald patches, spikey patches and red raw hot and itching skin with infected ears and nose roll.

    We brought the majoirty of it under control with a combination of diet, anitbiotics, essential oils and antihistamines. We avoided cortisone as she needed to be desexed and cortisone has the tendency to cause excessive bleeding. I am also not fond of treating something with cortisone without determining the trigger for it first.

    The normal diet of the rescues and my Pugs is raw beef mince, roo mince, minced chicken carcasses, eggs, yoghurt, sardines, veges and others odds and ends that make up their primarly raw and fresh diet.

    Chanel's allergen though is still there as she is still itchy. Her coat looks great, she has no infectiions on her skin, the hair has grown back in 99&#37; of the areas it was missing and she has lost the blackened skin. However, she is still itchy non-stop and will flare up with red hot skin and every few days.

    To determine if it is food related we have her on an elimination diet. She is now entering the third week and I am not sure I have noticed any change as yet. Am I too impatient though? I think I may be but it seems very few people have actually tried this method of determining an allergen? I am finidng it hard to find anyone with experience with it.
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    Wish I could help Anne but I've had no experience with elimination diets myself apart from the obvious such as when the husband overfed and used up all the prepared stuff I'd left and fed everyone on tinned muck. When I got back from NZ the Pugs were past the diahorrea (still can't spell it) stage and started on the itchies. That was easy to fix.

    I do know it can take a while. We had two Weimaraners in boarding who were both allergic to chicken and fish. Once these were eliminated from their diet they were fine, however a small piece of chicken could still set them off.

    Hope everything goes OK with the little girl. Some people choose revolting names for their poor animals but then they do it to their kids as well. I know one little human boy called Geronimo. Now thats cruel.

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    Geronimo!!!

    Just a quick update on Chanel and her elimination diet. We are continuing with the goats meat and s.potato only diet. Her itchies are definitely slowing but are yet to stop. We are entering week 4 of this diet.

    Her coat though is simply gorgeous!! It is soft, shiny and smells great all the time!

    If her itchies continue to slow and come to a complete stop we will know that it was a food related allergen and we will re-introduce her old diet, one thing at a time, to see if we can determine which item(s) is(are) the problem.
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    So glad the diet is working

    I had a dog once with serious skin issues (he was stolen ) and I think he was allergic to plain old grass and fleas.
    The vet did all sorts of skin biopsies and blood tests and he was treated for mange and everything.

    I found the cortisone tablets were great when he had a flare up, but I had to make sure he never had a single flea and keep him out of the garden.

    He was very high mantainance as he was a poodle x cavalier and he needed his hair cut every couple of weeks.. fortunately pugs don't have that problem so treating the sores with topical creams is easier.

    I was going to say, that it could be an allergy to artificial colouring and flavouring in kibble too, but you have her on a strict diet already.

    I hope the itchys get under control for her soon so you can find her a happy home

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