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Old 09-03-2012, 12:10 AM   #1
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Default New member. Seeking advice about dogs with allergy

Dear dog lovers,

I have just joined this forum and I am writing to you seeking advice about one of my two 'daughters'. My name is Jose and I am a Spanish national living in Thailand and have a 7-year old cross-breed Bangkeaw Thai dog. Lucky (her name) was diagnosed with 14 types of allergy including dustmite, pollen, mold etc. Vaccines might help her but there do not seem to be available in Thailand yet. She is eating Royal Canin Skin Support, as well as taking steroids, antihistamine, Fish oil etc and Malaseb and dermapet shampoos (twice a week). She lives indoors and I have bought anti-dustmite covers for the sofas and try to keep the house as clean as possible. The hardest part is that she needs to keep her cone collar on most of the time to prevent her from biting and scratching herself. Last Saturday when I took her to her follow-up appointment with the Dermatologist Specialist Vet I heard there is a new Royal Canin food namely SKIN CARE. Could anybody tell me the main differences between ROYAL CANIN SKIN SUPPORT and SKIN CARE? I have bought a new oatmeal with tea tree shampoo which I have already started using and I will change from two to three baths per week. It hurts me deeply not being able to remove her cone collar all the time as in the past she scratched (alto bite) herself and the wounds got infected so badly that she had necrosis, although (thank God) she got better with antibiotics and daily cures. Any advice of how to improve the quality of life of my dog? Many thanks. Jose

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Old 09-03-2012, 10:52 AM   #2
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I can't answer your questions but want to welcome you to df. Maybe our resident dog food expert Vagreys will see your question and help you with the answer. He will probably need a list of ingredients on both to determine an answer.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:17 PM   #3
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cotrina, welcome to the forum! It sounds like you are doing everything possible for Lucky. I have a dog that has severe indoor and outdoor allergies too. I do bath him 3 times a week, and it really does help. I also use a "leave on" conditioner that prevents his skin from drying out. As far as the food goes, I can't answer that either. I'm sure vagreys will be along with an answer, and questions too.

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Old 09-03-2012, 03:55 PM   #4
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Hi cortrina and :welcome; aboard to Df can't really give any advice apart from don't over bath Luckyas you may strip the natrual oils in her skin even though you are using oat/tea tree shampoos!
( which should help!) And over the skin care food
Vagreys is a expert in food nutrition for dogs and will be a great help to you
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:56 PM   #5
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Thank you guys (Techie, Bigboy and Deelind7) for your help and comments. I will try to do all I can to improve Lucky´s quality of life. I know steroids can be damaging in the long term so I would prefer to buy any equipment to get rid of dust mites at home as well as to try to find the most suitable shampoo and food for her. I hope to become an active participant in the forum.

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Old 09-03-2012, 11:58 PM   #6
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Sometimes finding the right food can help. my opinion it can.

Our black lab got some really bad allergic reactions when we moved to Louisiana. He lost patches of fur, and the vet gave us a spray and steroids. It went away from about month before coming back. We struggled with it for a while before we started switching food. We found him a grain-free food that helped him quite a bit. We never saw the skin problems again, and he looked like a completely different dog. Became leaner, and his coat stayed soft and clean longer.
I'm seeing the same thing in my current dogs now that I've got them back on a grain-free diet. Although, I don't know if it's the grain-free, or just switching them to a higher quality food.

Royal Canin is pretty expensive as it is, and even more when you get into the specialized diets, I think there are a better foods out there for the same price or less.

Of course, like everyone else is saying, Vagreys can give you the best answer when he comes around.

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