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    My EB is five months old and has red/pink bumps all over her face and it is extremely pink. Her belly is very pink and itchy as well as her paws. I am taking her to the vet today, but I am afraid my vet is not familiar with the allergies that EB have. Does anyone know what the cost of allergy testing is and how old they need to be to test? I want to be prepared, and want the puppy to be over all this itching! I have been giving her benedryl but it does not clear it completely. I have changed her food three times now. She is currently on Earth born Hollistic puppy. I do not know what is causing her allergies, and would like to narrow it down so I can avoid what ever is making her so uncomfortable. Thanks in advance for any help!

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    Default Re: at what age can a bulldog be tested for allergies

    I think you have to wait till they are a year old

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    That is what I figured, I just hate to see her suffer! I wonder what can be done earlier for her? I also wish there was a vet in my area that was knowledgeable of English Bulldog issues. Sometimes it seems that I know more about the breed than they do. I usually print out information and articles to bring them so they become more educated on the breed. My Vet is very nice, and I am not bashing them but it would be nice to have them more English Bulldog knowledgeable

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    You can give benadryl twice a day depending on weight. That should help some. See if your food has chicken in it, lots of bulldogs cant tolerate chicken. Maybe switch to a grain free food.

    I know what you mean about the vets. There are bully knowledgable ones around here but not with Spina bifida. I teach mine new things everytime I go in

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    Do it's on her face, belly and paws .... could be environmental as well as food. Try wiping those areas with sensitive baby wipes when she comes in from being outside.

    Also, what are the foods you've tried so far??

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    Cooper had his allergy test done at 8 months. He has bad allergies and the vet recommended he get the test done at that time. He too had red face and paw. I think my daughter paid $275. You could get it done now but the longer you wait the better. I think she is getting Coopers allergy test done again after he is one if he has any problem. Cooper is allergic to the grass and many other environmental things. Have you tried Benedryl or Zyrtec. We give our bullies them daily. Vet also recommended weekly baths to get anything he is allergic to off of him like pollen and such.

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    The breeder had her on Nutro Natural choice,chicken and rice, I tried the TOTW puppy venison and Bison, and now she is on Earthborn Holistic puppy vantage. Yes its on her face, like pimples and on her neck and belly. and she just started chewing on her toes.

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    It sounds as if it may be environmental allergy. Makes me wonder if the breeder knew something, because she told me not to let the puppy on the grass until 16 wks. I thought that was odd. Usually my pups have all gone outside as soon as I get them home (as long as it is in my own back yard)

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    Quote Originally Posted by swalesfcc View Post
    It sounds as if it may be environmental allergy. Makes me wonder if the breeder knew something, because she told me not to let the puppy on the grass until 16 wks. I thought that was odd. Usually my pups have all gone outside as soon as I get them home (as long as it is in my own back yard)
    I think the breeder probably said that is because some people don't let their pups outside until they have had all their shots. Me, I have always let them outside. Allergies are just something you will probably deal with, with bullies. I am thinking she probably didn't know and I was told with gracie.....that it is not genetics. Do you have a pic of your pup? If you go and look at past post by my daughter Cooper11. Her bully had allergy problem and if the pics are still on here you will see his face is red. His face is white as can be now with allergy pills and know what he is allergic to Both my Gracie and Cooper have the bumpy scabs thing on their back, vet said they are allergy related too!

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    They say to wait until they are at least one year old for the blood tests but if you have a skin allergy test done you can get that at any age. I'm not sure if you regular vet will do the skin allergy test though, we went to a dermatologist. We had the blood test done too but that wasn't accurate for us and didn't show us much of anything....and that could be because Tonka was only 8 months old. We paid around $200 for the blood test and the skin test we just had was $300.

    Have you looked up what bulldog acne looks like? It sounds like you could have some of that going on too which is normal for bulldogs but just a pain! I agree with the wipedowns after being outside and maybe get an anti-bacterial/anti-fungal shampoo to bathe in (from your vet). You can try a new antihistamine too since what works for some dogs doesn't work for others. You can ask your vet if you need to know the correct dosage. Good luck to you!

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    ok, got back from the vet and he looked in a book...... and said she had Juvenile celulitis? he put her on prednesone and Ceftpodoxime> Vet said that the earthborn holistic was not good food? I am thinking it may be time to start looking for a vet that knows more about bulldogs. He does not believe it is allergies even tho I told him that this is very common for bulldogs. He disagreed lol! Has anyone elses bully been diagnosed with the above conditon? I do not want to give her medicine that will not help her.

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    He looked in a book! hmmmm.....what book is this! lol I would suggest a new vet as well. Earthborn is not bad food. Ihave Gracie on the Meadows Feast...although I am thinking of changing it still is not a bad choice. What food did he recommend? I would try the allergy pills and see if you see a difference. Try not having him outside as much as well so if it is environmental it will help. I have been to 3 vets and finally found a keeper. But all 3 told me allergies are common in bulldogs. So your vet may want to get a new book to read! lol

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