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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.

Thank you.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: allergies; dog; doggieping

1 posted on 05/06/2008 11:03:22 AM PDT by Michelle Chandler
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To: Michelle Chandler

I give my dog Benadryl.


2 posted on 05/06/2008 11:04:53 AM PDT by HAL9000 ("No one made you run for president, girl."- Bill Clinton)
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To: Michelle Chandler

Mmmm... sexy lady with an itchy dog!


3 posted on 05/06/2008 11:05:12 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (It takes a father to raise a child.)
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To: Michelle Chandler

My little dog has allergies and my vet recommended fish oil capsules mixed in his food.


4 posted on 05/06/2008 11:09:03 AM PDT by bigred41 (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: Michelle Chandler

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.


5 posted on 05/06/2008 11:11:28 AM PDT by bcsco (To heck with a third party. We need a second one....)
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To: bigred41

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


6 posted on 05/06/2008 11:11:35 AM PDT by tearlenb
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To: Michelle Chandler

You first need to know what she’s allergic to before you can fix the problem. Have the vet give her a scratch test.


7 posted on 05/06/2008 11:12:03 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn
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To: Michelle Chandler
First of all, always consult a vet first. Skin allergies / itching can be a sign of hypothyroidism ( as well as tripping up the stairs, dragging feet, etc. )

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.

8 posted on 05/06/2008 11:13:54 AM PDT by rintense (McCain can pound sand.)
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To: avacado
This new member "Michelle Chandler" is a Democrat sleeper cell trying to establish itself for later mischief.

She has been known to be mischievous.

10 posted on 05/06/2008 11:17:26 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (It takes a father to raise a child.)
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To: rintense

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.


11 posted on 05/06/2008 11:18:31 AM PDT by tearlenb
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To: rintense

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).

susie


12 posted on 05/06/2008 11:18:55 AM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: Jeff Chandler
"She has been known to be mischievous."

Oooops! Sorry 'bout that. I thought I had flushed out a liberal sleeper cell trying to establish itself. Please accept my apology.

13 posted on 05/06/2008 11:20:25 AM PDT by avacado
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To: Michelle Chandler
Sorry about the pug and I have no advice other than to make the allergy medication the non-drowsy sort.


14 posted on 05/06/2008 11:21:53 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Michelle Chandler
Maybe it was the wig?


15 posted on 05/06/2008 11:26:45 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: Michelle Chandler

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.


16 posted on 05/06/2008 11:26:55 AM PDT by Max Monroe (Now taking care of 11 Thoroughbreds with 5 pregnant ones. Whew!!!!)
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To: Michelle Chandler
We have a Srpinger. He has allergies to cut grass. We found out because the first time I got a riding mower he walked in front of it the whole time. We thought it was funny till he got his skin condition. Since then he's grown out of it. We had to clean the sores and give him some medication. I don't remember what it was.

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.


17 posted on 05/06/2008 11:33:44 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: Michelle Chandler
My dog has seasonal skin allergies -- he chews on and scratches his paws and legs from spring to late fall. I like to avoid heavy medication too, so I hit on several lesser fronts: Benadryl (generic works just as well), occasional allergy shampoos, an oil supplement for his food (he also has somewhat dry skin, which aggravates the allergies), and in the summer I rinse his legs every now and then with water from the garden hose -- no shampoo, just a rinse (it helps for about 24 hours). Good luck.
18 posted on 05/06/2008 11:35:15 AM PDT by Glenmerle
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To: Michelle Chandler
My daughter had a dog with the same problems for several years. She finally got a cat, and it was "his" cat and his skin problems cleared up. He and the cat both lived long and happy lives. You might also try putting some brewers' yeast (powdered) in the food. It's good for their skin and dogs love it.

carolyn

19 posted on 05/06/2008 11:38:43 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: Michelle Chandler

Brewers Yeast tabs


20 posted on 05/06/2008 11:48:07 AM PDT by gilor (Pull the wool over your own eyes!)
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To: HAL9000

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.


21 posted on 05/06/2008 12:31:15 PM PDT by misharu (US Congress = children without adult supervision)
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To: Michelle Chandler

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!


22 posted on 05/06/2008 12:37:21 PM PDT by girlscout
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To: girlscout

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.


23 posted on 05/06/2008 12:40:04 PM PDT by LYSandra
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To: Michelle Chandler

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.


24 posted on 05/06/2008 12:40:14 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: bcsco
The dog is usually sensitive to what they eat, so getting a non allergenic dog food helps.
25 posted on 05/06/2008 12:41:35 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: mnehrling
Is this Barbara Walters from THE VIEW?


26 posted on 05/06/2008 12:43:02 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: A CA Guy
The dog is usually sensitive to what they eat, so getting a non allergenic dog food helps.

Been there, done that. Didn't help.

27 posted on 05/06/2008 12:43:50 PM PDT by bcsco (To heck with a third party. We need a second one....)
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To: Michelle Chandler
As others here have said, work closely with your vet. If it appears seasonal, it may be foliage in your area, or it may be fleas...while they are an annoyance for most dogs, some dogs are actually allergic to their bites and have extreme reactions. I'm not really familiar with pugs, but Shepherds tend to have a very alkaline skin which can also encourage infections...a little bit of vinegar in their bathwater can be helpful but if she's suffering from really bad dermatitis, I wouldn't bathe her too often.

I've used benadryl in the past with a topical hydrocortisone spray with very good effect.

Good luck!!

28 posted on 05/06/2008 12:44:32 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: LYSandra

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.


29 posted on 05/06/2008 12:48:35 PM PDT by LYSandra
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To: Michelle Chandler

30 posted on 05/06/2008 1:26:48 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Michelle Chandler; HairOfTheDog

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.)


31 posted on 05/06/2008 4:19:41 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne ("Shorn, dumb and bleating is no way to go through life, son." Yeah, close enough.)
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To: Michelle Chandler; vetvetdoug

Meet VVD, one of FR’s resident docs.


32 posted on 05/06/2008 5:04:01 PM PDT by grellis (By order of the Ingham County Sheriff this tag has been seized for nonpayment of taxes)
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To: Michelle Chandler

dinovite.com


33 posted on 05/07/2008 4:47:13 AM PDT by MountainDad
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To: Michelle Chandler
itchnot.com website has valuable information about how to manage your dog's allergies. Go back to using a novel protein in the dog's diet...it may take a year before one finds the allergen. Skin testing used to be the standard, however the results vary from company to company and currently the procedure is under review because there is no consistency in results. The RAST tests using the blood are totally unreliable (recent findings).

Sorry for the delay in reply...my Internet service was down this morning.

34 posted on 05/07/2008 8:43:09 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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