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i have a 7 year old male chocolate lab. for over a year we have been battling what the vets are telling me is staph. his symptoms do match the symptoms on your website. he has been on cephalexin antibiotics over and over. but then it comes back. the latest is we are using apoquel but that is very pricey and we have to keep him on it. they did thyroid testing and it came back fine. i can't afford the 600.00+ for the skin testing and food allergy food they want me to try. what do you recommend i was thinking of trying just chicken and rice diet for a few weeks. testing and there
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Hi.

Dr. Paul Brazzell here.

These cases can be very challenging for sure.

There is no doubt that the skin infections are secondary to an underlying problem.

Is he itchy?

The chicken and rice diet is probably not going to work as this is a pretty common ingredient in most dog foods. You would need to go to lamb or mutton or venison or something like that.

I would tno do the skin testing as we already know or are pretty sure he has allergies.

BUt let me hear about the itching questions before I go on and on

Any ear infections? Chewing feet? Anal gland problems?

Paul

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