Joey the dog who is allergic to cats and many food products
The Alsatian collie dog unfortunately cannot live a life like most other dogs – he cannot run around in the garden or the park, he cannot go in the river for a dip and cannot even enjoy some tasty meat for tea. His owners, Lisa McCormack and Scott Muirhead from Hamilton in Lanarkshire have to feed Joey a diet of porridge and potatoes.
Mr Muirhead said ‘Joey was constantly breaking out in boils and sores and we were scratching our heads over why. He can’t even chase a cat or he’ll break out in a rash. We couldn’t believe it. After a year of trips to the vets we finally got a special blood test performed to see what was going on. The results said it all and our local vets were baffled. They had never seen anything like it in a dog before. There are two columns on the results sheet and you need a zero on both to show there is no allergy. Joey had this for practically nothing. Some of the only things he got zeros for food-wise was potatoes, barley and oats.”
Miss McCormack is a nursery worker and said “He’s looking much better. He’s coming around all right now and his skin condition is improving. We hope it continues and he can live like a normal dog.” Joey is an exceptional dog, his owners care and love him even though it makes it much harder to care and look after him. Let’s hope that the owners have pet insurance in place in order to cover the veterinary bills. E&L Insurance offer up to Â£6,000 vet fees cover in order for pets to receive the very best veterinary care. To find out more information visit www.eandl.co.uk/dog.
Source: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1249882/The-dog-allergic-cats-eats-potatoes-porridge.html, 10th February 2010