I have a 9 year old pit bull that I have had since he was a puppy.
He has very bad allergies to something. And I mean very bad. He is losing fur everywhere, his paws are swollen and red, his stomach has red spots where it looks irritated, and one side of his face and chin are extremely swollen and red. He scratches so much that his neck skin has stretched to look like a chicken giblet and is scabbed over. His paws are losing fur, his eyes are red; he is miserable.
I love him and would do anything to fix this. Unfortunately I have taken him to the vet 3 times trying to solve this. I got him an allergy test, paid 500 bucks for it and they told me he had some minor allergies but nothing major. I isolated him from his minor allergies and things are still getting worse. So that means its something uncommon that people don't normally test for.
After talking to my sister we are starting to think it may be something in the carpet, like polypropylene, because its primarily present on the parts of him that might come into contact with the floor. I just don't know what to do. When I take him to the vet now, I basically am paying money because they have no idea what to do either, "Oh let's see if it's bacterial"... it's obviously not an infection and the antibiotics did nothing... thanks.
I constantly worry about this and like to inspect him for new marks or swollen spots to try and to gain understanding. Now it appears he is afraid of me. He shakes when I lay down with him to snuggle, is reluctant to play with me, and is reluctant to take treats from me (I imagine this is all because my constant inspections make him nervous).
Any ideas on how to treat him and how to gain his trust back? I am desperate at this point.