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December 05, 2008


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My favorite "mystery" cause of itching in pets has been the food allergy. When I have had itchy pets that did not have an easily identified cause on exam, and have not responded well to antihistamines, I have learned to give a 4-6 week trial of the prescription allergy food. For some of the itchy pets, this has been quite helpful.



There are lots of undiagnosed food allergy patients out there, primarily due to the logistical problem of dietary elimination trials. When it can take as long as twelve weeks to show results (though, thankfully, often not as long), and you can't eat ANYTHING ELSE, and you have a multiple pet household, lots of folks just can't make the effort needed to get it done.


After a year of trying, we've finally stopped our dog's hotspots (and itching) by putting him on a rice, vegetables and raw chicken frame diet. It sucks that I have to cook for him, but it has been a huge relief for his health - doesn't sound like diet is the problem with itching nerve fibres tho! Nasty :)


This is fascinating, I'm doing my internship right now and will be sure bring it up with the doctors. Thanks for the tip, cant wait to read the article!

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