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post #1 of 6 Old 11-08-2013, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Food allergy rash or something else?

So I've recently found how sensitive pitbulls are when it comes to food allergies and such. My girl seems to always have a rash on her chest and belly, as I had assumed it was her running through something in the woods since she's always getting into stuff. Now I'm thinking it could be a food allergy? She's been on Purina for a while now.

I've attached a picture but I don't know how well you can see it. It's little pink/red dots. They don't bother her, but it seems to stay. I've put hydrocortisone cream on her before and it's helped some but not much. She is also sometimes more itchy than she should be for having no fleas or anything, so I don't know if that could be part of an allergy or not?
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Definitely an allergy of some sort. My black lab mix gets the same thing along with ear infections. Purina is not good for pets with allergies.

Try diamond. It is not too expensive and worked well for my dog. He has other allergies though so he also gets benadryl on days where he is itchy.
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Hm. I've never heard of that. I'll see if I can find that brand around town, we're somewhat limited here. Are there any other good recommended brands that aren't too expensive? This is a college student's budget here. Lol
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Alright, so I went by Petsmart this afternoon. Diamond is not something we have here, but I looked all around what we had available. I ended up getting her some better dog food that's more "organic" yet affordable as well as some oatmeal and aloe shampoo. The girl told me that actually many dogs have wheat allergies, so we're gonna try this feed and see how she does on it.

She also got her nails filed down and ears cleaned, and the girls loved her despite her quivering the whole time not sure what to think about everything going on!
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I have our pitbull on Natural Balance Limited Ingredient diet. I've found that a lot of dogs with food allergies are actually allergic to chicken, so we have our dog on a completely chicken free and grain free diet and it's definitely helped. She does have other allergies too though, has the stuff on her belly, we got GNC medicated shampoo per vets advice because she's got some funky stuff on the ends of her ears, and I didn't see the point in using two different shampoos. The shampoo helps significantly, its anti bacterial and anti fungal, and on her worst days we just give her some benadryl per vets advice as well. She also has no fleas, etc, but just has bad allergies. Found out our cats have allergies too, they've been on a grain free diet since we adopted them two years ago, but a year ago I switched them off of chicken, and they've made huge progress, but again, on their really bad days I give them allergy pills the vet gave us. It's hard work having animals with allergies lol.
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That's really interesting. I'll see how does on the food I just got, I believe it does have chicken in it so I'll see. I don't have it in front of me now to see exactly. I wish I'd found out sooner how sensitive they were- I'd assumed her rash was from other stuff and not an allergy I was giving her :( I've paid more attention to my horse's feed and now I need to do the same with hers!
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