Skip to comments.Help with dog allergies!
Posted on 05/06/2008 11:03:20 AM PDT by Michelle Chandler
I have a 3 year old Pug with skin allergies. I have removed all plants from the yard, tried all of the antihistamines, Atopica, bathing her, and special foods. I don't want to use steroids all the time because of all the damage it can do internally.
Daphne(my pug) and I would welcome any helpful information.
I give my dog Benadryl.
Mmmm... sexy lady with an itchy dog!
My little dog has allergies and my vet recommended fish oil capsules mixed in his food.
Unless you go through a series of tests to determine what your pet’s allergic to, you many never solve it. I’m sure your vet told you the same thing.
My pet is on Benadryl and Prednazone. Has been for 2 years. It’s a fact of life.
It may be a food allergy. Try switching to California Natural. It is the only one I have found that solves that problem. You can find a place that sells it at naturapet.com
You first need to know what she’s allergic to before you can fix the problem. Have the vet give her a scratch test.
There are topical solutions you can get at your vet to help with the skin. Resicort is a nice one and my previous dog, Daisy, did well on it. Also think about giving your dog fish oil pills. My new puppy has been itching a lot (not fleas or ticks) and the fish oil pill idea from the vet has worked well. Also, brush your dog every day. The brushing will stimulate the oil glands on your dogs skin. Lastly, try a dog food that is formulated for sensitive skin- and make sure you use hypoallergenic doggie shampoo as well.
She has been known to be mischievous.
Be careful with some of the foods that say for sensitive skin on them. A lot of them are not much better than the rest of the junk. Even the commonly prescribed Hills Prescription Diets won’t fix the problem, and will set you back quite a few dollars. As I mentioned above, California Natural is a good one for testing the food allergy theory. Pugs often have sensitive skin and allergy issues, and food allergies are really common. Also, make sure he is getting enough water, and pugs can be susceptible to heat more than other breeds.
You can use benadryl, but ask your vet for the recommended dosage.
Also, of course check for ticks and fleas. They can also leave bumps.
Fish oil is a good idea too.
You beat me to the punch. First thing I would check is the thyroid. In fact, it would be the thing I would hope for, since it’s much easier to control than allergies.
As for the allergies, there are specialists out there and if you have the $$ that’s where I would go next. I have had dogs with allergies, and it’s not a pleasant thing. You can help with the special diet, shampoos, benedryl, etc, but nothing cures it. I also don’t like to do the pred long term, altho some dogs get relief for a long period of time one an injection, so it might be worth trying.
Last but not least, when I fed raw food to my dogs none had itchy skin or ear infections. It can be a bit of a pain in the neck, but they were healthier and had the most beautiful, clean teeth (even my old girl).
Oooops! Sorry 'bout that. I thought I had flushed out a liberal sleeper cell trying to establish itself. Please accept my apology.
Check out the web page of Timberwolforganics.com. I have been feeding their food for almost all the time they have been in business. Their food is expensive, but it is well worth it. I have a 16 year old Jack Russell who still can catch squirrels, and this food is all he gets. They also have a line of canned dog food as well as salmon oil. Check out the web site. You’ll be glad you did.
Now he follows me and barks at me the whole time I'm on the mower. It drives me nuts.
He thinks he's a stuffed animal that's alive.
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Make sure it is the right kind of Bendryl. Our vet told us to use Walgreen’s brand of Benedryl when our mix breed ate a bee. Apparently there are some additional chemicals in the others.
This may be unrelated to your issue, but, my lab had summer skin allergies. By mid-summer she would have scratched off most of her back hair and had many hot spots. Since then she’s started swimming in a pond in the warm months and doesn’t lose her hair or have the hot spots. Good luck!
Yes to the person who feeds their dog California Natural. My Bichon had bad skin and they suggested Benedryl but I didn’t want my dog all lethargic so I switched to the Calif chix & rice Calif Natural and the bumps etc went away. I had also ordered the Dynovite online but he didn’t like it so I don’t know if it would have helped.
That breed is known to go nearly blind at a young age and many go deaf as well.
They are known for the allergies. Neighbors of mine had put for a short time the animal on a steroid and the pooch did fine.
Just give the medicine over the week or more with food and they should be fine.
You would be ending all the itching, rashes and suffering.
Been there, done that. Didn't help.
I've used benadryl in the past with a topical hydrocortisone spray with very good effect.
As a p.s. do not feed your dog the Calif Natural that is sweet potato/can’t remember if herring or salmon but it made problem worse-just feed the Calif Natural Chix & Rice. Some dog person had me use the sweet potato one and didn’t help so I switched to the chix and rice and it cleared right up.
Looks like a lot of helpful doggie peeps are here already.
I’ll second (or 5th) the fish oil to help the skin overall. You can get veterinary formulas at a pet store; get one with both omega 3 & 6 oils.
Before you try possibly expensive food, you may as well ask your vet for a scratch test so you know exactly what is triggering your pug’s allergies.
Until then, you can feed people-food quality cooked meat - beef, poultry, low-sodium canned fish - with plain brown or white rice. (I know a lot of peeps feed raw, but it seems like you have enough unknown factors w/o adding that right away.)
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