Hello everyone, glad to be your newest forum member. Here is already my first question: We have chickens for a year now. Our Labrador is very friendly with them, eats the chicken poo - eww...Even though my vet says it is not the chickens and $2000 later in different tests without any results, I have the suspision that she has developed an allergie since last fall against the chickens. She has itchy skin with outbreaks. We cannot do an allergie test, because she gets Prednisone. Devils circle: because the Pred suppresses the immune system she gets staph infections once in a while and that means Antibiotics...Hope I do not have to choose between chickens or dog. Anybody had a similar problem and suggestions what to do? Dec.9, 2008 Update: I followed all your suggestions. Kept her away from the chickens, fenced the chickens in (99.9 %), Natural Balance Food, Zymox, Allergie Test and shots. She was better for a while, got worse a month ago. Staph infections again. This time antibiotic did not do anything. Skin biopsies were performed and she was diagnosed with pemphigus foliaceus. Does anybody have any experience with that? Back she is on immune suppressive meds like Prednisone, Azathioprine and antibiotic Ciprofloxacin. She is slowly getting better and the vet wants to lower the dose soon. However, she probably has to stay on that for the rest of her life (she is only 6 ys old). I am extremely concerned, because of all the possible side effects of long term use. Is there a holistic approach? One holistic vet in my area charges $2.50 per minute for the initial phone call after reviewing prior doctors notes and after that $160 for the first initial visit. Odd or shall I go for it? Any other ideas?