We have a 10 year old golden retriever who had a lot
by IAND75 (2017-07-17 11:45:19)
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  In reply to: Allergies in dog -- not happy with vet's strategy  posted by LondonDomer

of problems with allergic type skin problems. He would develop a rash from time to time that would progress to focal skin irritation and infection. The vet would put him on a course of prednisone and antibiotics that would clear things up. That would last for up to 6 months, then recur.

About 2 1/2 years ago we got another golden retriever pup. The breeder encouraged us to use a raw diet for him. We decided to switch both of them to the same thing. We've used a couple of brands but have been feeding them Primal for almost 2 years now. We give the older one a Claritan tablet each evening. His skin and coat have been the best they have ever been for the last 2+ years.

I can't tell you if it is the diet or the Claritan. One old part time vet who we've seen intermittently when he fills in for our regular vet says it is the diet. He also works the Iditarod. He claims that the number of dogs with allergy problems has increased dramatically over the time he has been in practice which he attributes to the food.

I have no idea whether he is correct of if there is any science to back up his observations. Obviously our experience is a series of one. But it has been noticeable and a relief for us.


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