Thursday, August 19, 2010

Allergies

Well, it's that time of the year!  Gibson's allergies are flaring up like crazy.  He was fine up until two days ago when started licking his feet.. and then, the scratching, the running eyes and nose and the crazy rubbing of his head on the carpet started.   Ugh.

This happened at the exact same time last year and he ended up looking like this:

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And soon after this, his head had all these little bald spots on it where he scratched himself to death and his feet were bald from chewing.  He had no more eyeliner on his eyes until winter.  He even ripped some whiskers out and would be bleeding from his face :(

I'm trying to be proactive and scratching him gently myself when I see he has an itch and getting a kleenex for him when he wants to blow his nose so he doesn't get rug burns on his face (I'm sure this sounds ridiculous).   I picked him up some benedryl  and have been giving him small doses of it.

I just hope having been through this before will help so he isn't as miserable this year :(

Does your dog have seasonal allergies?   Do you have any tips or natural remedies for them?  I really hate to be giving him benedryl :(

19 comments:

Amy said...

Winnie has a bad reaction to her Bordatila shot. Our vet says she can have half a children's benedryl per 12lbs of dog. So at 25lbs. we give her one pill before she goes to the vet.

You're doing exactly what I would do in your shoes. I wouldn't feel bad about it at all! You're helping the little guy out. :-) Maybe call/email your vet to see if they have any suggestions. You and your vet know Gibson's health best.

GretchenH said...

My Ginger gets an itchy rash on her tummy every spring. I dose her with benedryl which helps but not enough. I got betagen spray from the vet and it is wonderful. While it doesn't stop all the itch it sure makes her more comfortable. I also give her baths a couple times a week with a mild oatmeal shampoo.

Benhur Xobile said...

Hey there, you could try bathing them in cool/cold water. It would help although temporary and also wiping with baby wipes after a walk.
Mummy wipes my eyes, snout, nose and paws after everywalk and she doesn't let me lie down on the ground if I'm itchy. =P

Hope you recover soon Gibson. Unfortunately for my mum, she gets worse allergies than I do.

Meg B. said...

Scratching just irritates it and causes further itchiness. Scratching is trying to replace the itch with pain! Cold baths or ice packs are a better solution.

My dog who passed away last year had bad allergies too -- the benadryl helped with no side effects -- but it stopped working after awhile. She was on a drug trial for a year, but that vet left the practice. I can't remember the name of it, but it worked.

Sarah @ CreatingHealth said...

Paw licking is almost always connected with food allergy. Even when allergies show up in a seasonal pattern, food can definitely be a factor. If you are feeding any dry or canned food, I recommend switching immediately to a whole food diet. This has done my little Corgi a world of good. http://creatinghealthfordogsandcats.com/home

DSS said...

Louis has recently started rubbing his head all over the carpet and sneezing quite a bit. I was planning to try to Benadryl for him, as that is what the vet suggested.

Laurie said...

Sadie apparently has seasonal allergies, too! The vet gave us an antihistamine, but like you, I don't really like giving it to her. They want me to give it to her twice a day, but I am definitely not doing that. It seems to help her a little bit...but she is still scratching and licking. I feel so bad for her :( Would love to know a better way to help as well!

Daniela said...

In the spring Peanut has been scratching his chin and rubbing it in between sofas and then later his chin was bald so I took him to the vet and the vet said just to give him some benedryl each time he starts scratching himself so that's what I did but most of the time I forgot to give him some benedryl so no matter what, the benedryl wouldn't help so what I did was, every time I saw him scratching I simply said "Peanut" and he stopped scratching himself and I taught him to not to scratch himself until all the fur that he rubbed and scratched off grew back and that was all I had to do. But he has never had a runny nose or anything maybe you should take Gibson to the vet and check if he has something more than just allergies.

Aj said...

Poor Gibson :(

I don't think Ein and Brian has seasonal allergies, but I know a corgi friend who swears by apple cider vinegar.

http://www.natural-dog-health-remedies.com/apple-cider-vinegar-for-dogs.html

Monica said...

I use oatmeal soap to shampoo my girls, but just a cool rinse off once or twice a week keeps the itchies under control - gets rid of any dander and plant particles they might be harboring!

Lois said...

Benadryl is better than prednisone or Timaryl(sp ?)...I haven't had any problems so far, but too many baths could create other issues..I'd sure give that vinegar a try...and perhaps a few drops of olive oil..Notice any fleas ? Just one can wreck havoc...

Karen said...

butters has the same problem just not a severe.....both benny and butters have really bad eye allergies and they constantly have nasty stuff in their eye especially after sleeping.

The Bee Charmer said...

Lola has allergies. The vet prescribed benadryl three times per day. And if he's not on a flea preventative, that may help, too.

Smoochies to Gibson!

Jenny said...

Aww, poor Gibson! I wish I had some advice for you. My vet always recc. benedryl too. You're a good mommy for giving him scratchies and tissues.

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Kelly said...

Thanks everyone! We will be keeping up w/the Benadryl, since that is what our vet recommended.. but I'll be adding more Omega 3's to his diet and also washing off his head and feet daily til the allergies go away :)

Taryn said...

Another natural remedy I have heard suggested is to give a small dose of local raw honey every day. It has to be from your area so it contains all the local pollens. Supposedly, it gradually builds up a resistance in your dog to the local allergens. It is recommended for people with hay fever as well. Luckily my Cardis are allergy free so I haven't needed to try it. But my boys do love to lick the honey spoon ;-)

Ivy@PaperElixir said...

Poor Gibson :( Have you tried any alternative therapy? I'm thinking about taking Bryson to a pet homeopath... I know, sounds a little hocus pocus but with his Addison's, we feel like traditional medicine is only remedying the symptoms but not the root cause, which is believed to be something haywire in his immune system. In the meantime, oatmeal baths seem to help. Good luck!

J said...

Raw food. You can buy it frozen at many pet and grocery stores. My awesome vet recommended Natures Variety. He also had our dog on some probiotics and such from Standard Process for a short time, to restore the digestive process. My dog had itchy sores all over his back; after we switched his food and he finished the probiotics he was good as new; very few allergy reactions after that.

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