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Wish I had answers for you! Any improvements? Our shih tzu all of the sudden experienced the same issues on Jan 1. Thankfully she never needed hospitalization and is now doing well, but it was rough. We got fluids, Cerenia injection. Sent home with Cerenia tabs and tramadol for pain and she turned around fairly quickly.
Low fat diet is apparently the key and we’re working on that… Unfortunately we knew she was allergic to chicken and now we are adding pork to the list! She is allowed her food only, i’m very strict after all she went through.
Wishing you the best of luck.Laura DMember
We have a shih tzu who is sensitive to chicken and we’ve learned pork. We had a terrible time a few years ago with her itching. Vet thought environmental, but the winter didn’t bring any relief. Read up and at the time sensicare precise was said to be a good choice for allergy prone dogs. Put her on it and noticed that we weren’t at the vet all the time for itching!! I then tried to give her a little of what I thought a better quality food and the minute I added it in, she was itching. So the culprit in my opinion was chicken.
About the same time we were adding a shih tzu/bichon to the family and the breeder warned us that sometimes her dogs have chicken allergies. She was feeding venison a the time. So we found that both could eat lamb and venison with no issues. I don’t thing 2nd pup has ever had chicken to know if he has any issues with it.
Recently the shih tzu had pancreatitis so we’re experimenting with vet prescribed foods and she’s back to itching – pork this time. Hoping the newest that we are weaning her onto will do the trick – it’s fish based.
My recommendation is limited ingredient foods. If one doesn’t work compare ingredients and you may be able to figure out the sensitivities.