I've a 22 months old golden and he is very prone to food allergies. He is neutered by the way.
When he was 6 months old I cooked for him instead of feeding him kibbles. But he wasn't doing well as he kept breaking out in rashes and hotspots. At that time I gave him cooked chicken/liver/gizzard/eggs and ACV. I suspect he might be allergic to chicken be it cooked form or kibble form. So, I stopped feeding him cooked chicken and fed him raw ground beef and raw eggs instead. Oh boy! His hotspots were even worse off. So, I stopped giving him raw ground beef and eggs and switched him back to chicken but in raw form. Nope! didn't do well. Ear infection sets in as well. So I could safely confirm he was definitely allergic to chicken in any form. Then I put him on raw lamb/mutton. Seems to be doing ok but his ears infection was still there despite putting him on Surolan ear drop and he was still licking his paws though not as much as when he was on chicken/beef/eggs. Then this February I went to visit my mum. My mum's place don't have a big fridge or freezer and no place to store his raw lamb/mutton. So instead of giving him raw I've no choice but to cook his food. One and a half weeks later we went back to my place and back he went on raw again. Then two days later he broke out in hotspots. It was bad. So, off we went to the vet and as usual prescribe him with antibiotics. After 2 days on antibiotics his hotspots and rashes didn't subside and we went back again to the vet where this time he was being put on Prednisolene steroids. Ok, it cleared up but he wasn't doing great still. Then in April, he was down once again with hotspots and rashes and off we went again to the vet. This time the vet suggest that I do an IGE serological test on him to determine exactly what food he could and could not eat. So, I did. When the result came back I got a shock! It was like he cannot tolerate almost any protein except turkey and sardines!.
Well, in my country, raw turkey is hard to find not to mention is super expensive. Also the sardines here are local sardines. Not the real thing. (I googled that). Luckily or unluckily I worked in the next country (only separated by a small Straits) where there are frozen raw turkey for sale and at decent price. So, I switched him to raw turkey - Norbest Young Turkey from USA or Butterball - which although is raw but has some natural seasoning and broth (I don't know what which wasn't properly label). He was like doing ok until late June when he suddenly come down with Malassezia in both ears and his testicles was red. Immediately I took him to the vet and was put on Pred again. This time round the steroids don't seems to be working on him and I took him to another vet.
This vet checked him over and said he could be probably allergic to the grass as well and asked me why wasn't my boy's testicles completely removed by the other vet. I told him I've no idea but the other vet did mention eventually my boy's testicles will shrink to almost nothing. So this vet said my boy might need to go for another surgery to completely removed his testicles in order not to let his testicles to have any contact with the grass and also suggest that I let my boy wear shoes! which seriously sounds very silly as my boy is a golden. It's a big dog and letting him wear shoes is kinda weird. Anyway, this vet put my boy on Ospexin, an antibiotics for his rashes and Ketanozole for his Malassezia. Diligently I fed my boy the meds and after a week later when the meds ran out my boy still wasn't any better. The hotspots/rashes and Malassezia came back in full force with immediate effect. Off we went back to the vet again. The vet that said my boy needed another surgery for his testicles wasn't in so was looked over by yet another vet but in the same clinic. This vet gave him more Ospexin, more Ketanozole and additionally steroids too. I told her that my boy was on steroids just two weeks ago and didn't do well that was why we came to this clinic. This vet said maybe my boy wasn't on high enough dosage and that was why his infection still persisted. So she upped his dosage.
So home we went and I put him again on the prescribed steroids but I really really don't like it as he drank too much water and was constantly going to relieve himself. I have to go to work and I don't let him outside the house compound for fear of people poisoning him. My poor boy wouldn't dare to drink much water while I wasn't at home despite he was super thirsty and for fearing of peeing inside the house. The moment I reached home he will run to his water bowl and guzzled up all the water! It was very sad seeing him like that.
I was so upset with this situation that I decided to stop giving him steroids and even the antibiotics. I searched the internet and came upon coconut oil which said could help with infections and good for the overall being. So I went out to buy the organic coconut virgin oil for him. I started feeding him just last Sunday afternoon a teaspoon and even rubbed some on his rashes. I'm not sure if it was my imagination or because I desperately want it to work but that whole afternoon he didn't seem to lick or scratch himself that much. Also, I pat his ears and his groin area with organic ACV by Solana and his Malassezia did seems to subside.
Fast forward to today. Although his redness in his ears are still there but not so angry and his groin area was way much better than before, I think the coconut oil really doing something good to my boy.
Another pet forum which I was visited suggested I do a full panel thyroid test for my boy. Also I visited this website greatdanelady.com where this author also encourage dog owners to do a full panel thyroid test for our dogs. Anything that is just borderline is not really that good for our dogs. Previously I did mention to the vet that we use to frequent to do a thyroid test but she was not keen saying that my boy is far too young to have any form of thyroid problem be it hyper or hypo. Besides, he doesn't seems to be exhibiting any symptoms that pinned him to be suffering from thyroidism. Instead she made me do a Multiple biochem on my boy which she said will determine if my boy really needed to do a thyroid test. The other pet forum then suggested why not I get the vet to just draw his blood and send the sample to USA to this place hemopet for a testing? I told them even if the vet in my country will draw the blood (which I sincerely doubt they would be willing to) the price of sending it to USA would cost me a bomb. I couldn't afford that. Guess I'll just have to persuade another vet to do a full panel thyroid test on my boy. I've also read up on Leaky Gut Syndrome or Dysbiosis by Dr. Karen Becker. The symptom she mentioned sounds very much like what my boy is having.
Does anyone else here share similar problems with me whereby their dogs keep having skin allergies despite on raw? Care to share with me your experience and solution to battle my boy's problem. Does anyone else use coconut oil as supplement? What else can I do for my boy so he won't have to suffer?
I'm really vexed by my boy's health and it's stressing me out. I hope to find a solution to end his problem.