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my dog smells like dirty socks and is red from scratching I

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my dog smells like dirty socks and is red from scratching I have been using hydrocortizonespray twice a day and it helps not so red but if I miss a day she is really irratated again I know she has some sort of grain allergy is there a all natural dog food grain free I can feed her or is it something more?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

How was the grain allergy diagnosed?

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
by her vet he prescribed her steroids and antibiotics but when she finished them he said she couldn't stay on them forever and suggested to put her on a grain free food
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
These signs are very consistent with allergies in dogs, otherwise known as generalized atopy:
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/atopy-in-dogs/page1.aspx

While there can be food allergies - most often it is the protein - not the grain.

There are prescription diets used for situations of food allergies. These would need to be prescribed by a veterinarian. The basis of this hypersensitivity is that there is an allergy to the protein

So...our options would be:

- Novel protein such as duck, lamb, rabbit, etc. The goal of these diets is to have a protein not in typical food such as chicken or beef

- Hydrolyzed diet - although the protein is chicken or beef or something more common, the protein is "chopped up" so small that the intestine does not reconize it as a normal protein.

Other options would be:

1) Hills Z/D (LINK HERE)

or

2) Purina HA (LINK HERE)

These are dermatologist recommended for situations just like this!

Supplements such as Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids may also help:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=20677
http://www.1800petmeds.com/Omega+3-cat60014.html

 

Aside from steroids, antihistamines and even other medications such as Atopica (cyclosporine) are recommended for severe atopy cases.

I hope this information is helpful. PLEASE let me know if this answers your question or if you need more information!
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I have been feeding her a lamb and rice dog food but if I don't spray her with the hydrocortizone spray she just continually chews herself or scratches till she bleeds do you think her overdosing on baclofin when she was a puppy may have caused this condition she was treated for mange and it wasn't mange either type
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
No that would not have caused this.
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Please click "ACCEPT" if the information I have provided has been of help so I receive credit for my work. Bonuses are always welcome and appreciated. Thank you.

The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
so why does the hydrocortizone spray help when nothing else has?
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
Because there is an allergy as discussed above.
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