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Could it be an allergy?!

So my baby Cobalt, as some of you have stayed updated on was adopted (by me) from a local animal shelter at about 6-7 weeks old in terrible condition. He was severely dehydrated and was suffering from congestion and green runny nose. He was so lethargic and wouldn't eat or drink; we almost lost him but he made a come back and has been doing great ever since! We love him so much!

After being on antibiotics for three weeks for his respiratory issues he still had some coughing and sneezing and some drainage but not as bad as originally. This was 10 days ago. When he was out of that antibiotic and was still having problems we took him back to the vet and she gave him a different antibiotic for 10 days (took his last one two nights ago) but he still is sneezing and coughing some and has some drainage. This is WAY better than it was but it is still there...

I've noticed him scratching A LOT lately. To the point where he cries and pulls out hair. Not sure what to think of it paired with the failed attempts by the vet and I to get him respiratory issue free. Until last night he was on Diamond Chicken and Rice Dry Food Grain Free but I heard some dogs have issues with Chicken so I'm switching him to Pro Plan Focus Lamb and Rice...hope it helps.

Thoughts on this? Oh and here are some pictures :-) Cobalt and Big Yukon are quite the pair. They are buddies!
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The chicken could be the problem, chicken is something like #2 on the list of common igredients that cause sensitivity.

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Could it be the second antibiotic? What were the two antibiotics?
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I've also heard that corn can be a problem, causing extreme itchiness. Check the bag/can for corn in the food.

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Clavamox was the first one and then the other one started with a "D" I can't remember it. They were both geared toward to respiratory infections.

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He is still itchy. Maybe not as bad though...

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Doxycycline? I think thats how you spell it. Did they do a chest x ray at all? I would want to see if were dealing with a cold/kennel cough or possibly something more serious like pneumonia
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No, I'm familiar with that one and it wasn't that. Wish i saved the darn bottle. He's been off of it for over a week though and still itchy :-(

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I'm not sure where you live in Texas, but the DFW pollen count has been sky high for the last couple of months. Let me tell you about the Tree (T), Weed (W), Grass (G) and Mold (M) count for the last three days.
T - mod, absent, high (the highest mountain cedar ever recorded in theis was last Wednesday_
W - absent, mod, absent
G - high, absent, absent
M - low, low, low (never absent)

Bennett, RIP, was highly allergic to grass.
Bronchitis and sinus infections are more common than flu right now.
Desensitization therapy could be an option - it can be life changing when it works. And you usually know pretty quick.
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Hmm yeah I live just north of Dallas lol he is itchy and was couching a lot this morning. Runny nose a little too! Don't know what to do!

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