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Breed: Bernese Mountain Dog
Age: 6 years old
Sex: Female (spayed)
Eden’s mom suspected she mostly had seasonal, skin sensitivities as she appeared itch-free during the winter months. Hot spots were also common during heavy environmentally agitating seasons. She would frequently get crusty bumps that pulled off and leave raw areas. In fact, Eden sometimes chewed at her forepaws till they develop lick granulomas. For this condition, Eden has had punch biopsies of her lesions and they have come back as reactive inflammation. Her mom wanted to eliminate food as a possible agent or see how she could mitigate the seasonal inflammation with dietary changes.
At the time of the test, Eden was eating a grain-free lamb diet.
Eden has food sensitivities to beef, chicken, corn, duck, cow’s milk, pork, soy, turkey, venison, wheat, white fish, barley, egg, lentil, millet, peanut, oatmeal, potato, quinoa, rabbit, rice, salmon and sweet potato.
Eden’s mom decided to keep her on her current diet since lamb did not show up as reactive on the NutriScan test. However, she is now extra vigilant not to give her treats or food toppers that NutriScan proved to be reactive. Her mom is also now supplementing with quercetin. Overall, Eden has not experienced any more hot spots. Her other symptoms that would lead to hot spots and lesions have also definitely lessened. Her mom believes that food and seasonal sensitivities created a compound problem. However, she can more easily manage the seasonal with the dietary changes.