One of my dogs suffers from allergies. She's had blood tests run years ago and I have a list of food and environmental allergens; she's been on injections since then. I started using one of the recommended brands of foods and she's been better up until the past 6-8 months. Since then, it's been one flare-up after another.
She can be downright miserable sometimes. She's had hives around her neck, red infected patches under her armpits, very pink belly. Now she's fighting infection around her mouth area, being treated with an antibiotic.
I've looked into raw food diets(scary and skeptic), given her oatmeal baths, and am thinking of buying anti itch chewies through amazon(such mixed reviews), but I'm not sure where to turn to help her. I brought her to the vet last week and all the vet did was prescribe another antibiotic. (It's challenging when you can't go in to speak with the dr.). I even gave the tech a list of questions I had and when the dr. came out with my dog, we addressed a couple things and that was it.
I asked her about retesting and she said yeh, we can do that; I asked about switching foods, yep, we can do that, etc. But nothing definite was agreed to. She has a small cyst(that's what the vet said it looked like) on her back that she also looked at and said the antibiotic should help that too. Well, since last week I think it's actually gotten bigger.
Oh and I'm getting antiseptic doggy wipes to use around her mouth, in the mail.
Any insight as to what to do next? Sometimes it's manageable but seems to just hop from one hot spot to another, causing bigger flare-ups than she used to have.
Since it's been increasingly ongoing from 6+ months ago, I looked back to see what changes we went through at the time. Only 2 I could think of: the allergy-meds. company was sold to another company and I started a new round of injections about that time. Plus we got new flooring and a new couch last fall. One last thought was I also went from grain-free to grain food(advised by the vet), then switched back to her previous grain-free food when her hives issue began, thinking that was it. But her issues never went away, only switched spots.
So...if anyone has gotten this far, THANK YOU. Any advice?