Archive for October, 2010

Question by Em: Please help! How can I stop my dog from scratching until she’s bloody?
Background- Six months ago, I moved and my dogs seemed to get fleas at the same time. I had to treat my new house for fleas. I am 100% we don’t have fleas anymore, they’ve been gone for months.
Unfortunately, from six months to 1 year old (since the move), my chorkie WILL NOT STOP SCRATCHING. She scratches her armpits, behind her ears, her face, and her neck until it’s bloody.
-tried changing diet…don’t think it helped
-only bathe once a month or less (could bathe more with medicated shampoo?)
-old house didn’t have carpet, new house does…allergy in carpet?
What can I DO? It tears me up to see her rip open her skin like this. I have no idea how to help her, and cannot afford to take her to an allergist.
I have another dog, and she never scratches.
I have taken her to the vet. She said without taking her to the allergist, she can’t really help me.

Best answer:

Answer by CC
Call your vet and explain her symptoms, they may ask you to take her in, but if not they will perscribe some medications., How ever which food are you feeding her? If you feed her low quality grocery store food, pedigree, purina, ol’roy…etc this could be the reason she has her breakouts.

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What is a better dog food… Purina One or Iams?

Question by lil_bit810: What is a better dog food… Purina One or Iams?
I know that Science Diet is one of the best dog foods, but I am currently in a financial slump and must buy grocery store dog food. My dog has bad skin allergies and I normally buy her Lamb and Rice . I was just wondering if either one of these brands was better than the other.

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Answer by Teresa V
Purina is better than Iams although neither is great but they will do the trick of getting the dog fed. I hope you get out of your slump soon :)

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Question by Suzi?B?u: Does anyone have any suggestions on how to relieve dog allergies in a Jack Russell Terrier?
My little Jack Russell Terrier suffers every spring with skin allergies, especially on her paws.

My vet told me to give her a 25 mg Benedryl capsule every four hours. I also wipe her paws down with a warm wash cloth after she’s been outside.

However, nothing seems to work and it tares me up to watch her suffer. She acts as if she is going to naw a paw off. She’s normally a very friendly and playful dog, but she’s jumpy and wants to be left alone.

I know the allergies will pass in another week or two, but does anyone have any suggestions on how to keep her comfortable in the meantime?

Thanks in advance for your responses!!

Best answer:

Answer by Tash H
Hmm tough question… Id maybe invest in some dog booties for when she goes outside then you dont have to wipe her down.

I also read somewhere (Im 99% certain it was on here!) yoghurt is good with dog allergies – a table spoon of uncultured yoghurt… dont quote me but maybe someone else has some more information on that.

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Cleaning schedule for a dog with allergies?

Question by Bordeaux: Cleaning schedule for a dog with allergies?
My dog was diagnosed with environmental allergies about a month ago. He also exhibits symptoms of food allergies, although my vet will not agree with me about that. He itches himself terribly in the morning, he chews his back paws and legs, he has itchy ears that smell a little off, he rubs his snout in the carpet, he had a bad episode of eye discharges, and he had an episode of vomiting a little while back.

In an effort to minimize his itching, I switched him gradually from home-cooked food (prescribed to him after his vomiting episode) to California Natural lamb meal and rice. He’s been eating the dry food only for the past 3 days, but the itching has not stopped or subsided yet.

I bought a new vacuum cleaner yesterday with a sealed HEPA filtration system and bags from Arm and Hammer that are supposed to trap 99.7% of all allergens. So, after cleaning the house throughly from top to bottom, I washed his bed in hot water and dried it in the highest temp possible.

My questions for owners of allergic dogs are: 1) how long until I see some improvement in his itching? and 2) how often should I vacuum the house to keep it allergen free or at least allergy friendly?

I have no kids, so it is a household of two adults, 1 dog and 2 cats that shed moderately but not too much.

Thank you!

Best answer:

Answer by Alvin
As in humans, allergies are caused by an immune system that overreacts to an everyday substance, such as fleas, pollen, or a certain food. Most common culprits are atopic dermatitis, flea or food allergy.

Here’s a link that can help you get more information about dog allergies and how to treat them. good luck!

http://dogtime.com/allergies-dog.html

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Possible causes for my dog’s skin problem?

Question by Bryanna B: Possible causes for my dog’s skin problem?
My dog seems to get a seasonal itching and hair loss problem. It starts up in May and then stops in the fall. I really doubt it is fleas because we put Frontline on him monthly. I think the hair loss is caused from all his itching. I have taken him to the vet and he said it might be some kind of allergies to fleas, but if he doesn’t have fleas this shouldn’t be a problem. Has anyone else had this problem with their dog and found a solution? The vet gave me pills to give to my dog, but the pills didn’t seem to help enough.
Someone suggest Benadryl… do you just give him Benadryl for humans or what? And how much? He is 60 pounds.

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Answer by threedogmomma
The dog probably has seasonal, airborne allergies. Generally the only way to treat it is with Benedryl during the months that she has problems.

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