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    Default Hello I'm new to all this and need help please!

    Hi there - I've never written on a forum before so excuse me if I don't do things quite right. I'm not sure if I should be writing my questions here either so again apologies if I'm not in the right place but wasn't sure where to write this.

    I have a female 2 year old Bishon x Poodle (Lucy) that I've had since a puppy and she is having so many problems poor thing. Prior to getting Lucy I had two other dogs and cats that all lived till they were around 17 years of age with minimal vet visits other than regular injections etc. Since getting Lucy, its been constant visits back and forth. Since she was a couple of months old, in fact almost when we first got her, she's had a skin irritation / allergy. We've been to the vets and tried numerous treatments, washes, creams, diets, elimination of certain foods etc and nothing has made any significant difference. The only thing that seems to help is for her to be given prednisolone tablets and I know that her having these long term is not a good thing. surely there has to be something out there that is natural or homeopathic that would help and I am hoping that someone out there has tried alternative medicines that are working. She licks herself and nibbles at her fur so that her skin is raw. She knows she shouldn't be doing it and the minute she is missing you know that she's gone somewhere to nibble in secret!

    The 2nd problem is that at around 20 months of age Lucy had a sore eye. When we took her to the vet they said she had a formed cataract in one eye and a small start of one in the other. It was suggested that she have cataract surgery just to the one eye. At that time the other eye had a start of a cataract but the specialist said they felt it wasn't advanced enough to operate on both. Also that it might take months, years or maybe never to develop further in the other eye. We had the cataract surgery to one eye in February and all went well. Last week she had a problem with her other eye and now I've been told that the cataract has developed and she needs surgery or be blind and have prednefrin forte drops for the rest of her life in the other eye that wasn't operated on. Can she live a healthy life with only one eye? It was a real struggle to find the money for her first eye and now she needs surgery again. I just don't know what to do?

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    Hi, to the forum!

    Poor little Lucy sounds like she is in the wars. What food do you have her on? If you don't mind me asking where did you get her from?

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Hello, I am sorry about Lucy's troubles, not able to suggest a possible solution to you as I am new mum to a fur child. But I am sure that some of the lovley experienced people here will be sure to let you know some tried and tested fixes. Wishing the best to you and Lucy.
    “All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.”
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    Hi there, I have had many allergy issues with one of my dogs...........I went to Werribee and she had some special allergy tests done, but I also have her on some products from this place.....Email them and they are very helpful

    Link attached Natural & Homeopathic Dog Products & Remedies | All Natural Dog, Help Your Best Friend Naturally at All Natural Dog.


    I hope this helps
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    Thank you newfsie - I'll contact them for sure.

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    Hi there - she's been having My Dog or Pedigree Chum and Purina Supercoat biscuits. I've tested her on the very expensive all natural biscuits and food that you can only buy on prescription to eliminate certain foods etc but it made no difference. I got her from an ad in the paper and the lady had bred them previously and I saw both the mother and father.

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    thank you - I'm sure you're going to have so much fun with your little one .

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    I have read people say going to a raw diet has cleared up skin conditions. Anecdotal I know but...?
    Minimising cereals in the diet may well help.
    If you know of a poodle or bishon rescue group sometimes there is collective wisdom just because they deal with many dogs of the same/similar breeding.

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    If you read labels and do not allow any preservatives, food colouring, wheat....That can often be a huge part of the problem. And that will really limit what you can feed....black hawk comes to mind

    Sometimes going on Kangaroo (RAW and unprocessed) and veggies only for about 6 weeks, and slowly adding (one by one) other meats, rice/oats will also tell you what the cause might be
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    Yes diet is often the culprit. Does she smell a little bit like bread baking? Often a food allergy allows natural yeasty fungi to explode in unmanageable proportions and cause the skin issues as well as depressing the dogs immune system until a whole heap of other things go haywire. Correcting the diet will often fix that.

    Re the cataracts - dogs don't really rely on sight like people do. A totally blind dog is only handicapped to about the same extent as a human who has lost their sense of smell. If paying for the cataract surgery is going to compromise your ability to care for this little girl properly then either have the eye removed entirely (if there is any associated Dry Eye or any other issue causing pain) or just manage it. I am assuming that the vets did rule out other cuases like diabetes. That second one developed so fast!

    Unfortunately juveline cataracts are common to both Bichons and Toy Poodles where the breeder has not taken careful steps to eliminate carriers from their gene pool. Since it is likely due to an inherited issue, please let the breeder know that this has happened. If she is ethical she will not use that pair again for breeding.

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