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Old 06-26-2008, 04:44 PM   #1
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Default My poor dog is scratching like crazy...anyone else with dogs with allergies?

Im not even sure it is allergies...all I know is that it is not fleas. For about a week my dog has been biting at her rear end and feet which I know if common in allergies. Now she has a bright red rash on her lower abdomen. She is so uncomfortable can cant rest well without scratching. I did take her to the vet today and gave me Termeril P and didnt really give me any ideas what it was. I know I should have asked more questions. Anyways, she has had one dose of the Temeril p and is has not helped at all. She sleeps with me at night and I know she will not be restful tonight. I hate to see her so uncomfortable...is there anything else I can do for her?
I think it is either a food allergy (I did switch their food recently) or an allergy from plants (maybe poison ivy)...we walk in a field everyday, next to a stream and they love to walk right against the bank where there is poison ivy and other stuff. I changed the food back today to what I was using before which they werent eating that well but didnt have any itching problems with. I guess when I walk them now I will make them stay away from the bank, but for the meantime is there anything I can do to make her more comfortable? Thanks
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Oh...poor baby. Maybe you could try giving her a warm bath with oatmeal shampoo or something to sooth the itching!!!
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[QUOTE=cinnamonmon;2074664]Im not even sure it is allergies...all I know is that it is not fleas. For about a week my dog has been biting at her rear end and feet which I know if common in allergies. Now she has a bright red rash on her lower abdomen. She is so uncomfortable can cant rest well without scratching. I did take her to the vet today and gave me Termeril P and didnt really give me any ideas what it was. I know I should have asked more questions. Anyways, she has had one dose of the Temeril p and is has not helped at all. She sleeps with me at night and I know she will not be restful tonight. I hate to see her so uncomfortable...is there anything else I can do for her?
I think it is either a food allergy (I did switch their food recently) or an allergy from plants (maybe poison ivy)...we walk in a field everyday, next to a stream and they love to walk right against the bank where there is poison ivy and other stuff. I changed the food back today to what I was using before which they werent eating that well but didnt have any itching problems with. I guess when I walk them now I will make them stay away from the bank, but for the meantime is there anything I can do to make her more comfortable? Thanks[/QUOTE
a vet visit is needed.. i have found some soothing shampoo at petsmart called earthbath.. my dogs feel better now..
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I don't really know what to tell you since that medication is a antihistamine/steriod....did he just put her on the med today?
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AHHHHH I TOTALLY FEEL YOUR PAIN!!

My baby has aweful allergies. We had an environmental allegry test done and i dont know how accurate those are because it came back positive for soooooo many things... 5 different types of grass, 2 trees, cockroaches, house flys, dust, mold and the list goes on... The highest allergy is grass (June Grass- not sure what that is).

I changed her food to rabbit and stopped giving her most human food. About two weeks ago she also got a rash... hers are like scabs under her armits and into her belly. We went to the doc yesterday and he gave her a cortisone shot because she was licking and itching like a maniac!!! He also gave me Otomax.. which is really for ears but he said it should do the job... it is an antibiotic but with some antihistamine also. It seems to be helping the scabs a bit already.If you thing that its food allergies try putting her on a protien shes never had... Chicken and duck are the same protein and beef and lamb are the same... so if shes had either of those... try Rabbit or what my dermatilogist recomended... Kangaroo... I figured it would be kind of hard to find kangaroo in nyc so i stuck with the rabbit.
It has really helped Chewy the last month or 2... until this outbreak.
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Cali has bad allergies and I had the food and environmental testing done and she came back not allergic to anything they tested for. Tried all the antihistimines, they didn't work. She was put on steroids for dermatitis a few months ago and got relief but as soon as I started weaning her from them she started back scratching bad. She has now been on Atopica for the past 30 days and it has helped some but she still scratches a little. It is 2.00 a pill so we hope to get her to a pill every other day. I did the whole eliimination diet, that didn't help. It is so frustrating to see them be so miserable and not be able to help them.
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Thanks she did just start the medication today, but I think it should work right away...especially the anti histamine part...Im a nurse and in humans this type of medication works right away. She cant have another dose till tomorrow morning so it may be a long night. I just pray it isnt so bad I need to take her to the er vet...I cant afford another vet visit like that. (of course I will if I have to)
I dont think it is really a food allergy because we have tried several different foods and she has never had this problem before. I think it is more likely something enviornmental but before I go though all the testing I am going to wait and see if it clears up. Its not like it happens all the time.
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Miko had an allergic reaction to a new blanket that I bought awhile back, and it was horrible...Check and see if you've bought any new material, rugs, blankets, furniture, etc.
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Mimi has allergies but has been getting better since I've changed her food to Canidae lamb & rice and followed what the vet prescribed and also my vet recommended that her treats must be from the same maker of her food so I buy her Canidae lamb & rice biscuits. My vet is not big on prescribing steriods so he gave me a list of pills to buy over the counter. He did recommend giving her benedryl when needed.

1 capsule - Fresh water fish oil -daily. What I do is pop the gel pill and put it in her food.
1 capsule - Acidophilus - daily. I normally break the capsule and sprinkle the powder in her food.
1/2 pill- Zinc - twice a week These are 50mg pills so I break them in half to give her 25mg



You can find this anywhere in the vitamin section. Its been working for my girl. My girl use to scratch herself until she made herself bleed and I just felt so bad for her. My vet said you will never get rid of the itching but this helps her from feeling itchy all the time....and it has.

I also bathe her in a special shampoo once a week. The only bad part is that I have to leave the shampoo on her for 10 mins.
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Latte has terrible allergies this time of year. Today, she was scratching like mad and she'd already had her dose of the cortisone she's on now. Tiny dose and it's been working well. But all this scratching today and she was hot and panting. I looked on her belly and it looked like hives this evening. So I gave her a dose of Benedryl children's liquid and rubbed some OTC hydrocortisone cream on her itchy spots. It seems to have helped a bit. She licks her feet a lot and I just do everything I can. I switched her food to fresh fish and sweet potatoes. When I tried the canned varieties of the same she itched more. I began to think it was the preservatives in the food or something. It's a continuing mystery. It's a good thing she's so cute!
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Yup here too - my poor Roxy. She would scratch her armpits raw, this went on for 1.5 yrs. I could heal it and then 2 weeks later the cycled continued. She has liver issues, so we are limited to what we can do. I will tell you that she is the best now that she has been since this started.

I feed her a home cooked meal and hardly give her any grains. She eats dried cranberries and dried blueberries daily.

I had to feed her 1/2 Children's chewable benedryl in her AM and PM food for about 2months now, but I needed to control the scratching while I was trying to heal her skin. I successfully put a big break in the cycle. For 1 month staright, b/c I read it takes 30 days for the skin to rejuvinate and heal, I feed her 1/4 teaspoon of Braggs apple cider vinegar in her AM food. I fed 1/4 teaspoon of Lily of the Dessert Aloe Vera Gel in her PM food, and 1/4 teaspoon of Orgainc Coconut oil in her PM food. She got bathed in a special microbacterial shampoo weekly and now bi-weekly. But it has been night and day how she is.

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Do you think the Benadryl works better than the Temeril P...it doesnt seem to be doing anything and it cost me $50 for the vet visit. I could have saved myself alot of money if I had just given her Benadryl, though I know the Temeril has a steriod in it also
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Do you think the Benadryl works better than the Temeril P...it doesnt seem to be doing anything and it cost me $50 for the vet visit. I could have saved myself alot of money if I had just given her Benadryl, though I know the Temeril has a steriod in it also
I can not answer that for you, as I can not give Roxy many options b/c of her liver issues. The benedryl isn't the greatest for her either, but right now it's really our best option
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try giving a bath with earth bath shampoo available at petsmart
there might be a natural product like an herbal supplement available to help also...??????? my dogs stopped itching after one bath.. there are specuial conditioners in it all natural..
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One of my girls does that if she eats food with high amounts of corn in it. Keep a close eye on her ears--excessive scratching like that often leads to ear infections.Make sure to keep the hair pulled out of her ears too.)
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