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    Quote Originally Posted by laurasaur25 View Post
    Good to know! I'll definitely look into it.
    Here's a link http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/pro-...stomer-reviews

    Their food is good too. My Lucky had constant digestive issues until we found The Honest Kitchen (we refer to it as THK), and my dear Sparky, a puppy mill rescue is thriving on it at 9 years old (no heart murmur either). Anyway, just some options for you but I highly recommend them. You can also call them if you have a dog with a special needs diet and their staff will talk with you or make recommendations. Good luck.
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    well yesterday was a bad day and it looks like today will be worse. I'm not sure if he's having a bad reaction to the goat's milk or the allergens are worse. We had quite a bit of rain over the weekend and the weather finally cleared up on Sunday. I held off on the goat's milk with his breakfast and I'm going to give him a bath this morning. I'm starting to think I'm going to have to go ahead and try the steroids but the vet has me a little wary since she said it make affect his heart. I also am stressed that he has undiagnosed SM but since the antihistamines seemed to work well for a week then it surely has to be allergies, at least with the main itching. I'm just really at a loss on what else to do

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    I gave him a bath using my usual all natural oatmeal/aloe shampoo and mixed in a little bit of my vitamin E oil. It did seem to moisturize a little since my own hands feel a little less dry and his fur felt a little silkier as I washed. I did find a single flea at the base of his tail. I believe it was almost dead so it's possible it got on him yesterday and hadn't been killed by the Advantix yet. I feel like I'm failing massively at finding fleas on him but hopefully now that I got it off the anti-histamines can fight the reaction.

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    I just read this article in case it helps you: http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com...r-dog-itching/
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    Could your house be infested with fleas? Even the best housekeeper can have an infestation from one flea carried in on a dog. I doubt this has happened, because you would have little flea bites on your ankles, and you would notice them, but it is something to consider. Is the dog's bed washable?

    If the K9AdvantixII is not working, perhaps try another product?

    I also give him coconut oil once a day hoping that it will help prevent his skin from getting as irritated.
    For what it's worth, the dog might be allergic to the coconut oil. A few years ago, our Sophie had horrible itching. Even the Rx antihistamines were no help. I finally asked myself, "What has changed in her routine or diet recently?" I had started adding a very good grade of olive oil to her diet, hoping to help her coat and skin. Duh! Once I stopped the olive oil, the massive itching stopped. One just never knows what the trigger is. So, our dog is allergic to EVOO, of all things. Well, she's allergic to a lot of other foods and such, but, really, olive oil? Gah......

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    I'm pretty sure I've given him coconut oil in the past without him having any sort of reaction but it is worth a shot to discontinue it for now. I don't think there are fleas in our apartment and if there are, there's not very many. When he first started itching and I found the fleas then I totally swept the apartment and washed all of our bedding. Then I gave him a bath. I was even overly paranoid and progressively moved him room to room so that he was never in a clean room before I gave him the bath. That did seem to help until we outside again. Then the itching started back up again.

    I'm just so stressed out trying to discern an allergy from SM and am starting to think that I should go to a neurologist just for my sanity. I can't stand the thought of him continuing to be in pain, especially since I likely missed symptoms for quite some time. I just don't think his symptoms are severe enough to judge SM without an MRI and we don't have insurance for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laurasaur25 View Post
    I'm just so stressed out trying to discern an allergy from SM and am starting to think that I should go to a neurologist just for my sanity. I can't stand the thought of him continuing to be in pain, especially since I likely missed symptoms for quite some time. I just don't think his symptoms are severe enough to judge SM without an MRI and we don't have insurance for him.
    It might be worth it to have him checked. From time to time, Sophie will yelp when touched around the ears or neck. I finally had our vet refer us to a local neurologist, for my own peace of mind. They did a complete check of her and said they truly doubted she had PSOM or SM/CM. They said they could do an MRI if I really really wanted one, but they didn't think it was necessary. We did not get the MRI, as those answers were enough for me. And Sophie has been fine since then, too. We worry so much about the possible problems that, as my mother said, it's worth spending the money just for peace of mind.

    Some dogs are highly allergic to flea bites, and perhaps yours is one of them. Let's hope it is that and nothing more serious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laurasaur25 View Post
    I'm just so stressed out trying to discern an allergy from SM and am starting to think that I should go to a neurologist just for my sanity. I can't stand the thought of him continuing to be in pain, especially since I likely missed symptoms for quite some time. I just don't think his symptoms are severe enough to judge SM without an MRI and we don't have insurance for him.
    I think that may be the way you want to go. You may end up in a situation like Waldor where you don't need an MRI, but if that's the case great.

    I always suspected that something was wrong with my Lucky, but the signs seem so subtle and good friends who knew him well and know Cavaliers assured me they really didn't think he had anything wrong with him. Then seeming out of nowhere he developed mystery symptoms of drooling and dry eye that turned out to be linked to PSOM. He never had any major symptoms. A yelp occasionally if I touched his ear the wrong way but I just didn't think anything of it. He was also a very quiet reserved dog which also had me think something wasn't right as most Cavaliers are so social and friendly.

    If there is one thing I have learned about Cavaliers is you have to advocate for them. See a specialist if your normal vet can't solve something. and see a different specialist if things just don't seem right with the diagnosis of the Neurologist. (my Lucky was MRI'd with an ear full of something and the neurologist sent us home with antibiotics for an ear infection, not even mentioning PSOM!)

    Anyway, my advice is go with your gut. Good luck.
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    We just made it back from the vet. She was very confident that we aren't dealing with SM because she couldn't find any painful spots on him anywhere. She also found a super itchy spot at his lower back that she said it common in dogs with a flea allergy. I know that vets aren't the greatest at detecting SM so my plan for now is to make it past the next month or so when the seasonal allergies with dissipate and then watch for anything worrisome. I am confident that it's allergies and think I may have freaked a little over SM since I'm still coming to grips with his MVD diagnosis. She did switch his flea and tick to Bravecto since I heard that Advantix is troublesome for neurological problems, just in case.

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