GSD has allergies...any advice? (long)
Hi all, I don't post here very often. I am usually on the cooking or daylily forums but have visited here on occasion.
Here's my dilemna. I have an 11 year old German Shepherd who is one of the joys of my life. He has had allergies for years, At one point I was giving him shots twice a week. After we moved to the country, we weaned him off the shots and his allergies seemed to be in remission. That was 7 years ago, and now they have returned big time.
I have had him in to the vet and they think this one might be food related. He had a rash on his back that left scabby areas and looked like he had terrible dandruff. We changed his food to a salmon-based, but I noticed no difference. I rubbed peroxide and then coconut oil into his skin and that seemed to make the rash disappear.
Then I read that corn, soy and wheat are often part of the problem. So on the advice of the woman at the local pet shop/feed mill, I tried a food without any of those ingredients. She also recommended a teaspoon of sardine oil each day to help his skin and give him the fatty acids he needs.
That was 2-1/2 weeks ago. Now he has huge scaly patches that almost look like psoriasis on his back and hips, and he is scratching/chewing big raw spots where they are.
I think I should immediately change back to the salmon-based food and eliminate the fish oil. Do you agree? Could it be the coconut oil that is irritating him? I am lost for answers and I think the vet is too. They want to put him on Prednisone, 1. that drug scares the bejeebers out of me and 2.they would need to wean him off Rimadyl which is not an option as he has terrible arthritis.
Sorry to be so long winded, but I just don't know what to do for my baby.