Joey:The Dog Who Is Allergic To Cats And Can Only Eat Potatoes And Porridge


For most dogs the idea of chasing the neighbourhood cat followed by a relaxing hour or three chewing on a bone is heaven.But not for Joey, a five-year-old Alsatian-Collie who is allergic to almost everything – including cats.Joey’s allergies are so bad he can’t even go bounding around in a grassy field or enjoy a dip in a river.

And there’s no Pedigree Chum for poor Joey either – he’s allergic to meat.That means he has to survive on a diet of potatoes and porridge provided by his loving owners Lisa McCormack, 25, and Scott Muirhead, 36, from Hamilton, Lanarkshire.Mr Muirhead said: ‘Joey was consistently 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.’His owners now hope a new type of antibiotic and specialised dog food will give Joey a new lease of life.’He’s looking much better,’ said Miss McCormack, a nursery worker.’He’s coming around all right now and his skin condition is improving. We hope it continues and he can live life like a normal dog.’


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. julia
    Feb 13, 2010 @ 20:50:09

    Bless his heart! That must be awful, but thank god he has such loving and caring owners!


  2. hellen
    Feb 13, 2010 @ 20:50:38

    I was just thinking that he looks like a Belgian Shepherd!


  3. maria
    Feb 13, 2010 @ 20:52:14

    He looks adorable, bless him. Thrilled the owners are so caring. They are lucky to have each other!


  4. tuna
    Feb 13, 2010 @ 20:52:51



  5. Deena
    Feb 13, 2010 @ 20:53:15

    Poor, poor Joey!. On a happy note , he is lucky to have such caring owner, i hope they keep each other happy for the rest of their lives. Joey, you are one good looking dog!


  6. KC
    Feb 13, 2010 @ 20:55:04

    What fantastic owners he has .. every credit to them for doing so much for this beautiful dog… thats truly what being a pet owner is all about .. it really is for life and im quite sure Joey adores them and gives so much in return..:)


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