My baby dog Ruffin (3 years in feb.) i believe has atopic dermatitis or commonly known as skin allergies. I was wondering if anyone else out there is experiencing this with their dog. Poor ruffin ever since he was a pup he would bite, naw ,lick and lick and lick and lick his little paws sooooo mcuh it would drive me crazy. Its gotten a bit better he got an antihistamine shot a year ago and it seems to have curbed it a bit but now hes scratching his face!! his beautiful huge face lol his big cheeks are getting torn up and he bleeds sometimes i hate it it makes me soo sad. His eyes (around them) are dry and his skin has a lil pink tinge to it because of the allergies. can anyone share some experiences and possible solutions.
My husband had a hunting dog that would lick its forelegs untill they were raw and our vet said to give her benadryl and gave us some hot spot spray to help dry it up and keep infection out and she healed just fine. but since yours is on his face I would probally get it an allergy shot from the vet.
We're still having issues with Baxter (bichon frise) licking/chewing his back feet. We've done the vet thing--cortisons and then prednisone, neither did a thing for him. Right now I am reading a holistic animal healing book and considering seriously the holistoc veterinarian. The more I think about it, and the more I read the more I wonder what we're thinking pumping all these poisons into them. --For example I didn't know that (according to this book) a vaccine dosage for a chi is the same as for a rotweiler, they don't go by weight in most cases. Just seems odd doesn't it? Anyway....I'm hoping to find some "magic" natural solution. I'll post when we find the answer. --BTW, my vet now wants to do a scraping to check for mites. <sigh> it's really only on his back toes....wouldnt mites have spread?
I assume you already changed the food. Sometimes it becomes habit. My friend's bichon licks the same spot all the time. The only thing she can do is put a elizabethian collar on for awhile until the dog forgets to do it and the spots heal up fine.
Benedryl works at this house, and I also put a little olive oil in the food every day...I changed to metal bowls as my springer had problems in the mouth area. Peanut butter is also okay or fish oil tablets. One of my collies had the same thing with chewing his skin raw and dry peeling skin. It took a while but it has stopped now. The other thing is honey produced near the area where you live....sometimes pollen can cause that too
hey i heard of fish oil tablets on a website because their fatty acids which help block the allergens from entering...yeah i think i might try that. should i talk to me vet first? well der right? i just want him to quite chewing itsdriving me crazy and makes me feel bad for him alright thanks guys ill check into the benodryl too thanks again. bye.
Ah Nikki, I hope your vet is wrong! I have tried benadryl, didnt do anything, then we tried cortisone shot (nothing) prednisone (nothing) switching foods, switching shampoos, more baths. less baths. LOL, you get the idea. Now yesterday it hit me, the one constant that I've continued giving him through all this has been baby carrots...so now I'm thinking...could it be? We'll see, I've been avoiding giving them to him so we shall see. I know allergies can suddenly show up and I know vaccines can bring them on too, but then I think the kennel had him on PUPPY CHOW and he was fine, I put him on better food and we have issues? We're hoping it's the carrots!
Kristen--what about a combo of just plain antibiotics like amoxicillin or cephilixen along with the anti-allergy (benadryl)? They is how they have treat boxers with food allergies. I also had a full allergy panel ran on an allergy boxer I had. Blood test, full work-up was only about $116 and my vet sent it to I believe the university of Nevada, and they came back with a BOOKLET of things she was allergic to do different degrees. They also specifically listed foods and dog food brands, wet, dry and treats that she could or couldn't have. It may be worth it to do something like that.