Dog…Strange behavior lately

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

@1inthechamber:  What kind of flea prevention are you using? He sounds like he could have a flea allergy. I had a dog that had one. I also wonder about an ear infection? But I’d think even a mediocre vet would catch that. The first thing I thought about when you mentioned bad breath was infection or possibly a metabolic disorder. Has he had any labs done? 

Your poor guy 🙁 I hope its nothing serious. It would be so much easier if furbabies could just talk and tell us whats wrong.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Food allergy? That could cause itchiness and the bad breath. Are you feeding him table food? Research the quality of his dog food too,you’d be surprised. Good luck though. Hope the fella feels better soon

Post # 5
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Busy bee

It sounds like either a tooth problem (admittedly rare in a dog this young), or a food allergy. Have you changed his food recently? What type of food is he on? Some dogs can develop food allergies as they reach maturity.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Could be an allergy to something in his food. That can cause itching even deep in their joints. Does your food have grains or byproducts in it? I can’t speak for the waking you up unless the food is also contributing to needing to go to the bathroom 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

That last paragraph made me giggle a little bit. It definitely sounds like it could be allergies. My dog is allergic to fleas I believe. He would scratch himself until he made open wounds. He got an allergy shot and has been kept on flea meds, and we haven’t had a problem. He is a pom-yorkie-onlyGodknowswhatelse mix.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

So my dog got a type of yeast infection all over his skin! It made him itchy and lick everywhere. His breath smelled really bad too from licking it and he DID. NOT. SLEEP.  I had never heard of a dog getting a yeast infection but my guy has horrible allergies and really sensitive skin and my vet said it was due to the high pollen count this year. I can’t say that’s what it is but it sure sounds similar. It was a quick fix though so if your baby has that he will feel better very soon. We just gave him these pills for a week or so and we got a prescription shampoo and gave him a bath once or twice a week, every week for about 2 months.  We could tell he felt better after the first shampoo.  He’s all better now but for good measure we use the shampoo when we bathe him because of his delicate skin.  Good luck! 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

In food, stay away from corn and wheat. Chicken is the most common allergy aside from those grains. Dog food allergies are incredibly common. In my recommendation, don’t buy from the grocery store or PetSmart. Nutro is an alright food. It’s called a ‘super premium’ food. Above things like Beneful, but not holistic or grain-free. 

Also, just for the sake of quality and health, check for byproducts to avoid if possible, and check the position of items on the ingredient list. You may find five different components of rice (rice, rice hull, etc) separated on the list, but if you combine them, they could be number one on the sheet. Also, if the number one ingredient is a meat, keep in mind that they list the ingredients by weight before they cook the food. Therefore if chicken is the number 1 ingredient, it loses weight when cooked — it’d drop 5 positions or so on the list. Chicken meal, however, would not. Does that make sense?

(Edited for clarity!)

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It is super common for dogs to have allergies and only be able to tolerate certain foods. Look at the top 3 or 4 ingredients in the current food and compare them to the puppy food. See if you can find something that has similar ingredients to the puppy food. Alternatively, you can choose a food with completely novel proteins, ie. ingredients your dog has never eaten and hopefully won’t react to. Keep in mind if you are doing diet trials, ideally you should not give table scraps or treats because it may confuse your results. It may take several weeks, possibly even months to improve. If you see no improvement with diet change your dog may be allergic to something in the air/environment such as grass or pollen. In that case your vet should be able to help with antihistamines, shampoos and other meds. Regardless of the cause I’ve had great results feeding itchy dogs salmon oil. The omegas are great for reducing inflammation an promoting a healthy coat.  I love lifeline salmon oil on Amazon. I have no affiliation with them,  their product just works great. Good luck with your pooch.  

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@1inthechamber:  $1000?! Well I have no idea what kind of allergy shots he is talking about. The ones for my dogs were probably $10-$20. I suggest taking him to another vet! It never hurts to have a second opinion anyway.

Post # 15
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Busy bee

It really depends on what you’re looking for. What’s important when switching foods is to do it slowly (or else diarrhea and vomit, yayy!!) and to not expect instant results. Food allergy symptoms can take up to 6 weeks to disappear, even if all allergens are completely eliminated. It’s a frustrating process but rewarding when you find the solution.

I’m from Canada, so some brands I know you may not. Some of the best ones are found more locally so take a look in some specialty stores. Brands that are VERY well known are less likely to be quality, because they spend more money on advertising than on actual food development. For example, Blue Buffalo is alright, but nothing amazing, despite what their commercials make it seem.

I would look for a food with no corn or wheat, and no chicken. Don’t go straight to grain free from nutro, it’ll be too ruch for poor puppy’s stomach to handle right away! Maybe try a holistic food — they will tend to say holistic on the packaging.  If you have access to Natural Balance, try them. They’re specifically designed with limited ingredients for dog allergies, and have a huge variety of flavours, from chicken to venison to bison to vegetarian.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I went round and round with my dog’s food allergies and I agree with PP that it sounds like that could be the issue. You could start by checking the protein source. If the new food has a different meat base than the old, switch to a food with the old meat source, preferably one that’s limited ingredient, or grain free. You could also compare the two labels, to see what the key differences are. 

 

As far as not eating it, gradually mix the new food in with the old, increasing the ratio until he’s eating only the new food. If he’s still picky, you can use something to enhance the flavor for awhile, like one of those dog gravy additives, or shredded chicken breast (unless that’s the protein in the new food. Could be chicken allergy). At the end of the day, a dog won’t starve itself. If you hold out, he will eat eventually.  

 

For immediate relief of the licking and itching, Benadryl works great. The dosage is 1mg per pound. 

 

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