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    Re: Itchy & Scratchy

    Quote Originally Posted by Cbrugs View Post
    Jax has gotten worse since my original post. He now has open cuts on his under arms and is constantly scratching. He saw the vet Tuesday night so I don't think it's yeast. I have been rubbing his wounds with witch hazel and seems to be somewhat relieving. I took a picture of what he looks like but not sure how to upload it here using my phone. I will try the bath and vinegar too but will the vinegar burn/sting his open cuts?
    Poor baby!!!

    It's so diluted I would not think it would burn.

    Sometimes yeast and other fungal conditions are not visible. You can, however, smell it! The only way I can describe the smell is that it smells of corn chips.

    Pharmaseb is worth a try for any skin condition... But it's not easy to find. I get it online but forget the name of the place. :/


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    Re: Itchy & Scratchy

    Quote Originally Posted by Alice Kable View Post
    Have you had a food allergy test done? It is a blood test and the results will take the guess work out of picking a food. Ruggles is allergic to chicken, beef, pork, lamb, corn, potatoes and rice. That really limited his food choices. I feed him Nature's Variety Instinct Limited Ingredient Turkey.
    I was looking at a website to a local dermatologist and this is what they said about testing for food allergies: An important point to understand is that neither blood testing nor intradermal skin testing are useful for identifying allergy to foods. Although some companies offer blood tests for food allergy, we cannot promote their use. For the same reason, we do not offer skin testing for food allergy. Instead, we use specialized hypoallergenic diet trials containing novel or hydrolyzed ingredients.

    My vet has also said that you cannot detect food allergies through a blood test. This is discouraging to me but you said you have done it and it proved to be accurate.

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    Re: Itchy & Scratchy

    Quote Originally Posted by Cbrugs View Post
    I was looking at a website to a local dermatologist and this is what they said about testing for food allergies: An important point to understand is that neither blood testing nor intradermal skin testing are useful for identifying allergy to foods. Although some companies offer blood tests for food allergy, we cannot promote their use. For the same reason, we do not offer skin testing for food allergy. Instead, we use specialized hypoallergenic diet trials containing novel or hydrolyzed ingredients.

    My vet has also said that you cannot detect food allergies through a blood test. This is discouraging to me but you said you have done it and it proved to be accurate.


    Yes it seems that blood testing does provide false positives but it can really help give you a guideline.


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    Re: Itchy & Scratchy

    Quote Originally Posted by bullmama View Post
    Yes it seems that blood testing does provide false positives but it can really help give you a guideline.


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    I'm hoping that this new food will work for him. Right now I am trying to get his itching under control and the vet's office has a medication for me to pick up which should help. If after 6-8 weeks this new food isn't working, I will take him to the dermatologist and have him tested for environmental allergies and maybe switch him to raw feeding.

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    Re: Itchy & Scratchy

    @Chrugs, like Lisa said there can be false positves, but usually a false positive would have a low score and you can ignore it. Both Mack and Ruggles had a few 1s which we ignored, it's the 3s and up you need to eliminate. It helped us select food for both of them!

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    Re: Itchy & Scratchy

    @Alice Kable so far the 2 dermatologists I have looked into won't even do a blood test for food allergies.

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    Re: Itchy & Scratchy

    Wow, that is interesting. I hope his new food works for him.

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