Pets and allergies
My folks' pug, Malone, had been "not right" for about 2 weeks, and Mom was thinking it might be his teeth. Pugs are famous for having bad teeth later on in life. He was bringing up tiny bits of food and foam a while after eating, poops were strange colored, small bouts of what seemed to be confusion or dementia, gas (yummy!).
Anyway, she took him to the vet, and they tested him for everything reasonable, kept him for 3 nights, no solid foods (he was tubular, dudes! LOL). Nothing could be found.
On a whim, I told Mom to be proactive and try eliminating certain grains from his diet, since my Clyde had suddenly come up with a rice allergy after we'd owned him for many years. Clyde had had the same symptoms (his dementia was actually a lot worse), so I ended up feeding him only Hill's Prescription Diet k/d food, and he LOVED it.
Sure enough, after Mom took rice out of Malone's diet, it was like night and day! He wasn't gaseous, no foamy bits, no problems breathing or pooping, more energy.
I wonder how many others go through this before allergies are considered by the pet's doctor. I was lucky to have a GREAT vet taking care of my Clyde then - not the same one who said there was no way he could be allergic to the topical flea treatment, saying there were no reported cases of such a thing....hmmmmm.
I did a quick search online, and since our days with Cly-Cly, there are tons more sites addressing allergies in pugs...and all pets. I can only imagine how many others might be struggling to find out what's wrong with their little darlings. I also told Mom to make sure and let the vet's office know what happened, so maybe others can be helped in the future. I hope she follows through with it.