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My 5 year old Golden has been suffering from allergies most of his life. We have been to the vet frequently for treatment without any relief. They told us it was a food allergy, but it is hard to determine the exact food. We have changed his food some many times that I don't remember what we have tried or not. His symptoms are a severe yeast problem in his ear and black spots on his belly. Last night, he was so bad that we had trouble calming him down. He was shaking his ear and was in much distress. We cleaned his ear and gave him a Benadryl which helps calm him down and gives him a little relief.

We have eliminated chicken and potatoes from his diet which we thought was the problem. He is currently on venison and sweet potatoes. Can anyone help us as the vet is removing the problem just masking it?

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This old thread might help. Have you seen a vet specialist? (What I learned about allergies)
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I would take him to a dermatologist and have him allergy tested. I would have them do the skin test, not the blood. My dog Cruiser has been a walking ear infection since he was 8 weeks old(he is now 4) to the point that his ears were closing up. The tested him and it wasnt food, it was all environmental, he was allergic to 28 out of 50 things...Grass, dust, flies, fleas etc We started allergy shots in March and hes ears are clean and hasnt had any flare ups./

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Has he been checked for thyroid issues?

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I would also say that he may need to be checked for thyroids.
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I would definitely check the thyroid.

I always had good luck with the blood allergy tests, though dermatologists and many vets seem to not like it.
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My golden also has allergies and after many trips to the vet and meds like the rest, we finally did the allergy test and came up with the fact that she is allergic to everything common outside from Oak,grass, corn, and several other common items outside. She is constantly itching and licking her paws and always smells dut to the skin irritation and gets a dandruff. She gets a bath once a week but still smells and itches badly. Do allergy shots really work? How long does it take to start giving releif? How much do allergy shots cost roughly? Any guidance on this would be appreciated.
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I would also have the thyroid looked at and send the blood to Dr Dodds. Its likely not a food allergy. Food allergies only account for 10% of all allergies found in dogs and typically they do not respond to steroid treatment. Ive been through this with mine and am still dealing with it. If its year round allergies does not mean its food as dogs can be allergic to dust mites, mold and yes, even cats and humans.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-03-2012, 08:28 AM
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Search for "Apple Cider Vinegar" here on the Forum. EXCELLENT for allergies. Read what other people have said about it.

And, please read in full this link ("Apple Cider Vinegar" is usually called "ACV")

Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs

Very Important: If you decide to get it, ONLY get the ORGANIC "Apple Cider Vinegar". This organic ACV contains the nutrient-rich sediment, which is called "the Mother". The popular brand to get is
Braggs sold at the Health Food store, e.g., Whole Foods, or the health food section of your local supermarket.

Here's one of this forum's links with info about how to treat hot spots and allergies, etc.:

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