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dutchworld posted:

I have a male Jack Russell cross Shih Tzu who will be turning 2 years old at the end of June. As a young puppy he had some health issues that we found out was caused by allergies. He is allergic to all fish. He is also sensitive to corn, beet pulp fiber and wheat gluten. He has always been a very picky eatter as well. Right now he is eating Taste of the Wild and has been doing well on it.

Lately though he has been vomiting a yellow foamy liquid, has been very itchy all over, has had a bit looser then normal stool that is smelly and the whites of his eyes go red. The stool and the eyes are a common occurance but the vomiting comes and goes and doesn't last more then a day. But when he is vomiting he is very lethargic and doesn't want to eat anything and just sleeps on the couch. At this point his weight is good and when he isn't vomiting his engery level is that of a normal Jack Russell.

Could this be a sign that he is allergic to something else that I am not aware of or could this be a sign he has another medical condition going on?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you
Bonnie Beaver, BS, DVM, MS responded:
When you said Shih Tzu, you might just as well have said multiple allergies. Food allergies are common causes of itching and for some, vomiting. The ONLY true hypoallergenic diets are the special formulation diets available through your veterinarian or special recipe home cooked ones. That includes treats, heartworm medications, and rawhides as potential sources of allergic proteins. (Most food allergies are to protein sources rather than to grains.)

Because it is Spring, there are a lot of pollens in the air. People with allergies are suffering and so are the allergic pets. Because multiple allergies are common, it can be difficult to get a good handle on what is causing the problem without doing skin testing (blood tests are not as reliable) to determine specific causes. Food allergies need carefully controlled food plans. Then you can address the cause once it is known.

Work closely with your veterinarian to get control of these and if concerned enough, he/she can refer you to a dermatology specialist for an extensive workup.


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