Probably shouldn't bring this up but flu is peaking in King County right now. You and your parents had that flu shot, right?... Sibling sounds like crud, hacking up a lung; something's sitting in her lungs. (She has not had her boosters or her flu shot, incidentally.) ...
Da lab mix wavers between 75-80 lbs, which the internet says is on the lower end of "large" but we think of her more as a medium. But yeah, the vet informed us of the grain-free problem. Would've liked to know that sooner... She also feels that, as there are no other symptoms besides the lip/chin rawness and swelling, this is contact dermatitis rather than a food allergy. So, she wants da lab mix back on food with grains and suggested some brands that are quality with good science behind them. One brand she suggested is one that we used with our big rottie/shepherd mix when he was around and it gave him new life in his latter years, so we're happy to go back to that. She also gave da pup steroids and antibiotics to get her lips and chin cleared up and it already looks WAAAAAAY better.)-: Poor doggo!
Check in with your vet, if you can, though; grain free foods have been implicated in serious heart problems/deaths in larger dogs, though I'm not sure what constitutes "large" as my 2yo pupper is north of 150 lbs and still feels kinda medium... But definitely grain-free is a no-no for giant breeds, just dunno where labs fall.
Try running it through the laundry (washer/dryer, or washer and dry on clothesline) before letting her try it again. Stuffed animals/soft toys handle being laundered very well.The hedgehog has polyester fur. I swear she's had polyester stuffed animals before, but it's also possible this particular toy has some random fabric chemical on it that she's reacting to. We took that away for the time being. *If* we give it back, we'll wait until the meds are done, she's been introduced to the better food, etc, so that we can make sure we know what and if she reacts to anything. But honestly, it may just go in the trash for extreme safety.
Whoo boy, that is striking close to home alright.And more diesel tank topping, because that's my life now, topping diesel tanks while Mom dithers and puts off ordering the new oil tank. (She's not the one who has to keep hauling diesel in her car... and climbing the stairs multiple times a day to make sure we're not running low... mergh. I mean, yeah, could be worse, could be we had no heat at all, but still... come on, Mom.)
Good call on the grout because that is exactly our problem with the chimney bit that pokes out on the roof (chimney stack? or whatever it is called. Yeah, it can never be just one issue, is it?) But luckily the thing has like three layers of brinks and only the inside is affected.Boo for chimney leaks and soot stoppers! (Did you check the grout when you were cleaning the chimney? Old grout gets porous and soft and needs repointing - as we learned with our chimney... and, yes, specialty job, but in ours you could feel the soft grout and scrape it out with your fingernail and not much effort. At least, the really bad stuff, you could... more of it was going bad. Hence, porous, and hence, leakage...)