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    I have run the gammut of foods with Maximus since I got him over a year ago. He arrived with a bad case of Giardia, which was very difficult to cure. He had to have multiple treatments for the Giardia, and with that came constant food changes which had to be slowly introduced. The diarrhea was persistent for months, and the Giardia would not go away. Finally, after months of repeated treatments he was cured, and I ended up putting him on a Grain-Free dog food formula which i thought would be better for him. I recall the ER VET recommending liquid Childrens Benadryl for him - once she was able to calculate the correct dosage, I did give the Benadryl to him, but noticed it made him sleepy and dopey.

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    For the allergy these are readily available brands which should use in Allergy with medical remedies .

    Dog food brands :
    Grain Free,
    Natural Choice,
    Innove Canned adult food.
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    What causes allergies? How do you know if your dog is allergic to something? I don't know if my dog has allergies but sometimes she scratches a lot when he eats something.

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    The term “allergy” is a general reference to an overreaction by the immune system to an allergen, which is any substance that is capable of inducing that specific hypersensitivity reaction in that particular animal. For example, if a person is allergic to chocolate, chocolate is the allergen. The allergen can be almost anything, but it commonly is an ingredient in the dog’s food, a grass, weed or other plant in the environment, flea saliva or dust mites, a chemical cleaner or other household product, or any number of other things. A more specific definition of “allergy” is an altered reaction to something (the allergen), following a second or subsequent exposure to it. The allergic reaction can be triggered by physical contact, inhalation, injection or ingestion of the inciting allergen.


    Pinpointing symptoms In bulldogs is not very difficult. If a bulldog is allergic to something it comes in contact with it's often followed by excessive licking/chewing of the paws/feet, runny nose and excessive tearing in the eyes, redness and inflammation around the facial folds, ears, tail, belly, etc.. Rubbing of the face, hotspots (chronic, raw lesions/sores of the skin from digging and rubbing) hair loss and in severe cases hives/rashes on the under belly, back and swollen airway and trachea with difficulty breathing.. Being more visual-ant of your pet's behavior after coming in from outside, feeding time, giving treats, etc, will help you diagnose possible allergies. Your vet can help you chose a hypo-allergenic dog food that best fits your pets needs to do a trial and see if this helps eliminate the digging, etc and some of the symptoms.. If you choose to put your pet on a different type of food without your vets help you should look for a grain free, wheat free, hypo-allergenic, limited ingredient food. Introduce the food slowly to your pet starting off with 1 part new food x 3 parts regular food for at least a week and gradually build up from there over a few weeks. Monitor your pets actions and bowel movements during this transition to make sure there is no diarrhea or vomiting OR reactions worse then before (such has increase in the digging, itchiness).. You should at least ALWAYS consult your vet prior to making any changes in your pet's diet and care just so they are aware and prepared for any complications mild or severe... You can never be too prepared with a bulldog!!
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    Hey, I came across this on my search for info on Dexamethasone. I have 9 dogs, 4 are boxer/american bulldog pups (1 yr) and they have systematically had an allergic reaction to something this past week. I just wanted to get some info on Dex. Anyway, that's not why I'm responding. I trust my vet wholeheartedly, he's fantastic. When I first came down from NY my American Bulldog, Brooklyn, broke out in staph infection that covered her whole body. It was horrible. It started with a swollen eye and some pus pockets around her eye that one dumb vet told me was ant bites. So when I went to my vet he knew immediately what her problem was and where to start. We did a round of antibiotics and blah blah blah. But when it came down to it, I did the allergy test. It probably helps that he doesn't charge me an arm and a leg. So I got an entire booklet of her allergies and severity to each allergen.
    Now, I think you have a misconception of dog food allergies, because just because your dog food is grain free, does not mean it doesn't contain something your dog is allergic too. A lot of dogs have poultry allergies and almost ALL dog foods have some form of poultry. Even lamb and rice foods have poultry fat. There's also a benzoyle peroxide shampoo that I use that I like it's by VET. Long-term use of pred is going to shorten your dog's life span. It's hard on the heart and a number of other organs. For some things it's a must and a wonderful drug, but if you can figure out what's going on and help alleviate his symptoms more naturally, you're better off. Also, start putting fish oil into your dog's food. This helps greatly build their immune system and helps with any type of allergy. I also like to use bee pollen, it helps with outdoor airborne allergens. Honestly, within a month I had Brook's skin completely healed and she's maybe had one pimple on her chin since and that was more than a year and a half ago. And she was covered from head to toe in blood blisters. And I honestly will also give her small doses of things on her allergy list and she does fine with it. But not if I give her enough to overload her system. I know this post is a few months old, so I would be curious to know where you are in your process. Hope all is well.

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    Im not sure if its been mentioned in any of the posts above, but......Grain allergies are not the only food allergies. 2 of my bullies have protein allergies and they are horrible! Hitch turns bright red (from head to toe) and itches like crazy if he eats red meat. Winston brakes out in horrible hives (all over his body) with 1 bite of chicken. I do use Zyrtec during the spring and summer because it seems to work better on their season allergies. I have 3 bullies with allergies so I even have to go as far as using gentle detergents and cleaning products along with the limited food, and allergy meds.
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    P.S. My bullies collectively are allergic to grains, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, chicken, lamb, beef, venison and they can all eat (and do well on) Nature's Variety Instinct Salmon. A raw diet is also great for bullies with allergies.
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    annie has been allergic to something shes comming into contact with for 4 months ,ive tried 4 types of antihistamine ,started her on chlorpenamine maleate chemists own brand ,half the price of piriton,im giving 30mg am,30mg pm and its the only one that helps,plus i raw feed which i know isnt stopping the itching but at least i know its not what im feeding her,just elimminating what she in contact with and for the last 2 days have seen a massive improvement ,just have to figure out which surface it is lol,my money is on the grass,karen

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    @karenben are you still having those issues with Annie? Have you tried going back to just chicken and then adding stuff in slowly on the diet? It isn't likely it is her food but at this point, I would probably do some trials. It won't hurt her in any way to do that and you might actually find a culprit!

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    GatorRay its very strange,at the weekend she was at her worst i mean constant scratching,blood,whelts all over her belly and i must admit i thought whats the point of having a dog who has to wear a tshirt all the time ,creamed 3 times a day throwing antihistamines down her throat like she was a drug addict ,so on monday i thought RIGHT im sick of this i cannot enjoy my dog,so i have taken her completly off grass/carpet and i meant it this time lol no feeling sorry for her and letting her on both,i purchased some of the best acv i could get ,its really cloudy and organic,i put a couple of drops in each ear and the muck that came out was unbeleivable,i stopped chicken also,i got a different antihistamine and started giving her 30mg am and 30mg pm,and also putting 2 deseartspoons of acv in her morning meal,and its now friday and her belly is almost CLEAR!!!!!,i have also seen putting suralan on her belly and pits its for ear infections i got it from the vet its steroid based ,i thought what the heck if it works on her ears then it will work on her belly lol,i also bathed her in sporalD on the monday ,if she stays this way for 1 more week then i will try her on the grass ,if she is ok then i will try her in the lounge on the carpets,im dreading reintroducing these things but its the only way,i took her off chicken just in case its enhanced ,i know its not what im feeding,it would be so easy if it were food related as raw will always clear food allergy up lol,thanks for asking ,karen

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    @karenben good luck with the re-introductions. I would only try to the grass first and give it a week to make sure she isn't going to break out (unless she does right away of course) then move on. It is so frustrating! I know you took her off of chicken....that is something else to re-introduce. I would probably start with that since I know you like to give her backs/frames for the bone. Then move on to grass. Boy, you really have to go slow with these situations don't you?? It must be so frustrating! I am glad that she is starting to clear up. She is probably glad too.

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    its great to see her not scratching ,ive probably cursed myself by talking too soon lol,she is my 5th bulldog and i have never had so many problems!!!!,i got her to show but found out i had to have back surgery!!!!so couldnt even attend ring classes,i was also hoping to let her have a litter in the hope she threw a show dog but im going to get her speyed as i would hate any pup go through she goes through or the pup owner come to that!!everything went boobie up lol,im going to introduce the grass first but not till next week ,perhaps her immune system has finally got strong ive been raw feeding her 4 months now ,she hasnt had any bone content since monday and done really well as her poops are still really firm,very black though lol,ive also found her urine isnt as strong with giving her the acv,karen

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