History: Tippy is a male neutered
Border Collie/Beagle mix black and white dog. He was 4 years
old when we first met him. He came to us for chronic skin allergies
of 2 years duration, which bothered him throughout the year.
Yearly vaccinations caused him to have hot spots. He had severe
flea allergy dermatitis, was obese, and had been limping on his
left rear leg for 2 ½ years.
Tippy had been treated with prednisone and topical monthly flea
treatments as needed. Tippy’s owner had started feeding
a dry natural food 3 months prior to this visit.
Physical Exam: weight 70#, normal weight 50#, limping left rear
leg, painful left knee, hair loss over rump, tail, and rear legs.
Diagnosis: Atopy/Allergies-fleas, environment
had resulted in hot spots on skin
injury left knee-suspect partial ACL tear
Diet-decrease natural dry food, add meat or
fish, veggies, liver.
antioxidants, flaxseed oil, digestive enzymes, and
and joint nutraceutical.
Stop yearly DHLPP vaccinations-do antibody titer testing instead
Weight loss program
Use monthly flea spot on treatment all year around
Try antihistamines instead of prednisone.
Outcome: In just 2 months Tippy was feeling better. He had more
energy and his hair was growing back. He was now able to raise
his leg to urinate instead of having to squat. Over the next
year he was still obese and still itched and scratched from time
to time. At that point we started a homemade diet and within
5 months Tippy had lost 11 pounds. He still needed to lose 10-15
pounds to reach his goal weight. He was more energetic and was
not limping as much. He was able to walk more and was doing a
slow treadmill 10-15 minutes daily. His skin was doing well at
this point. Two and half years after his initial visit, Tippy
is enjoying a very healthy life. He is now eating a raw food
diet and weighs 46#. He still takes his supplements daily, has
much energy, no longer limps, and is no longer itching and scratching.
His skin and hair are very healthy.