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Having had an allergy dog, I understand the frustration.

As far as the food allergies, what I had to do with Webster was put him on an elimination diet (2 parts potato, 2 parts sweet potato, 1 part turnip (rutabaga) and some olive oil). Then once his skin cleared up I started adding back one food at a time and waiting a week or two to see if it affected him. Most foods he reacted to right away. Chicken made his skin turn bright red. I finally did find a combination of foods that kept him symptom free without meds most of the time (he would get a bit itchy during hayfever season), but I was never able to find a kibble he could eat.

Until I got the allergies under control, I gave him regular baths in oatmeal shampoo to soothe his skin. But some oatmeal shampoos were fine on him, others made him break out, so again I had to experiment to find what was right for him.

[ September 18, 2005, 08:48 PM: Message edited by: Soundtrack ]
 
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