9 year old lab with allergies - food help!
Hello to all! I am posting out of sheer desperation! My poor dog is in need of some relief. We have had Piper (yellow lab) since she was three months old and she just turned nine this month. She is the best dog ever and we just love her so much.
She was diagnosed as hypothyroid several years ago and takes levoxyl for that currently 1 pill a day. But we've been having problems with her for the last couple of years that the vet was saying was because of her thyroid. Based on the research I've done online, it seems more like an allergy.
She itches constantly and her belly has turned blackish/brown when it was once a nice pink color. She has several "hot spots" on her sides which we are treating with histacalm cream, but only gives temporary relief. She has also over the past month, developed a HUGE cyst on her left side which they tested and told us was not cancer - thank God.
My question is this - is this all allergy related?? Has anyone else gone through this with their pet?? We've just started her on 'Taste of the Wild' grain free diet and we're actually giving her benedryl for her itching. I just want to give her some relief. She acts like she wants to crawl out of her skin and the vets don't have much to offer. Is grain free the way to go??? If it is, how soon can we expect to see improvement?? Thanks in advance for any help you can give!!!!