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    Unhappy Bobby at Vet Again

    We brought Bobby to the vet again last Friday as his scratching seems to be getting worse. If he's not scatching at his ears, he's shaking his head from side to side. (He has already visited the vets about this problem and was prescribed ear drops for five days). I went to the vets armed with knowledge on SM however the vet wouldn't even entertain the idea. She made me feel a little foolish for bringing it up. She's convinced its allergies. His ears are inflamed but there are no signs of mites or infection. She gave him a shot of anti-inflammatory and said if he didn't improve they would have to allergy test him (He hasn't improved at all). She said this half laughing because in the history of the practice they've only allergy tested two dogs. I think she was implying that myself and Bobby are hypochondriacs!

    Have people allergy tested their dogs? We know he's allergic to chicken and that has sorted his tummy out but we've no evidence of other food allergies. I'm assuming the vet is correct in saying this is the next logical step to figure out what is causing the scratching. Any advise?
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    Firstly, I'm sorry Bobby is unwell. There's obviously SOMETHING bothering him enough to make him shake his head constantly. It saddens me to read that your vet did not listen to your concerns

    I would take Bobby to another vet and get a second opinion.
    Perhaps someone on here can recommend a vet close to you who is more experienced with Cavaliers or small animals in general.

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    First I'd look for a different vet. You are paying them for a service and the service includes taking client concerns seriously at least to their face.

    That said she is probably right about there being some other reason for his scratching if his ears are inflamed. It also would be very rare for puppies to show symptoms of SM already at his age.

    Nonetheless she cannot know much about SM or keep up with the literature on it if she so laughingly dismisses the idea out of hand. Also if she is boasting that they've 'only' ever tested two dogs for allergies there are a lot of their client's pets that must be pretty darn uncomfortable. While allergies are not rampant they do come up regularly and I'd certainly expect a practice to have seen a bit more than that. Not least because vets themselves are happy to push Hill's on their clients and the regular food has a lot of the ingredients often implicated in allergies! Chicken, grains, additives etc.

    I'd switch practices.
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    I'd certainly look for another vet.They're expensive enough and should take your concerns seriously.Even my local vet who has a small village practice in the middle of nowhere has agreed that SM has become a concern in recent years.
    However it may well be likely that your pup has an ear inflammation and this needs to be treated.Once he's sorted, then move on.
    As for the food...the breeder I got Daisy from feels that a small breed pup should be fed on a hypoallergenic diet for the first few months at least.
    She'd been started on Arden grange which is dairy free, gluten free,soya free and red meat free.
    I chose chicken as the puppy food but there are others like lamb and rice or salmon which are poultry free.They also contain chondrioton and glucosamine supplements.
    It's hard to get but not expensive and I have a healthy girl with a lovely glossy coat.I'd be wary of chopping and changing foods though,try and find one which suits and settle for that.To change brands of food, imagine you're changing a baby's bottle formula,mix quarter new food and three quarters old food for a few days,then go half and half and increase portion of new food over about a week until puppy is totally eating new food.
    I can only imagine how frustrating it must be and costly to have a pup in this situation.
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    Thanks for the replies. I'm seriously thinking of finding a new vet, however our current clinic has come highly recommended by lots of people. I am starting to become more and more convinced that it is allergies however. Should a cavaliers nose be pinkish in colour. Bobby's nose and the area around this is quite pink the last few days. I'm not sure is this usual, or is it as a result of scratching.
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    I'd get a second opinion. Hey even if it is allergies.... your vet should not make you feel stupid for asking them to consider other possibilities. You are the customer and it is up to them to reassure you and compassionately & intelligently address any concerns you have.

    On the note of the red ears & nose... there was someone else on the forum (quite a while back) who said she always knew when her dog was allergic to something because the insides of his ears would go red almost as soon as eating something he was allergic to.
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