Canine Skin Rash
by Robin Groenke
Within a week of her arrival at my home, my dog developed hives. I gave her Benadryl and they went away. Not long after, I noticed a rash.
She doesn't incessantly lick or scratch, but it does seem to bother her some. It's now been a month and she still has the rash. Pictures here
Her name is Daisy, and she is a 2 year old ChoclateLab/GermanShorthair/Pointer mix. Rescued from a young couple who's change in relationship status and finances made keeping the dog impossible. I feed Solid Gold dry - a mixture of three kinds.
I do have another 6 year old Black Lab/German Shephard mix. Because the other dog is fine, I'm ruling out fleas.
By my research, that leaves a food allergy, or a contact allergy. The dogs have free roam of 2 acres enclosed by an Invisible Fence. There are several planting areas, but it's mostly mowed grass lawn.
As of last Friday, I am feeding Daisy only home made chow. Currently a mix of Buckwheat, Nutritional Yeast, Carrots, Green Peppers, Pork Roast and Blueberries. I am also giving her a skin tonic from PetAlive
that I saw recommended on your site. In three days she has not gotten any better. I have much experience with human dermatitis and assume a quick change is unlikely.
If it's a contact allergy, I'm assuming a good frost will take care of that.
Looking at the pictures and given your experience, am I on the right track? Is there any other action you would recommend?
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