Our 13 year old, 60 lbs, retreiver/chow is itching and licking constantly. She also has a blown out knee. So she is on Prednisone (spelling?) for the swelling and the allergies. She was panting alot at the last vet apt. and they said to try cutting back the Pred. to 1/4 pill every other day from 1 pill every other day to see if the panting would improve.
Her pain seems managable at this dosage, but her poor allergies have her chewing and licking herself like crazy. She was licking and scratching while on the whole pill, but not this much.
I was wondering if anyone knows if I could give our baby benadryl while on prednisone.
My vet told me there was no point to giving prednisone and benadryl at the same time, because prednisone suppresses the effects of the benadryl.. or is it benadryl suprresses the effect of the prednisone..
Have you been able to determine what it is she's allergic to, or is it more that she's been scratching so long she has a devleoped neurosis, an obsessive compulsive behavior?
What are you feeding? Are you using a topcial flea medication to make sure she doesn't have fleas?
We are positive there are no fleas. We use our Frontline faithfully and check her often. Yes she has been scratching and itching most of her life. We have eliminated food allergies as a cause (We did the lamb and rice home made for a month then turkey and sweet potato, but never had any relief. (But currently she is on IAMS Senior or adult...dry food ...).
I do believe she has an actual allergy to something like grass or carpet (when we moved up north she seemed to be a bit better), but I also think you are right about the neurosis. She has very limited exercise and activity throughout the day. Sometimes she will lick, just to lick, but other times she is going after that itch!!
THank you for the input on the benadryl. Sometimes I wonder if the swelling in her leg would really be worse than the itching....
I've heard that frontline has lost a lot of it's effectiveness in regards to preventing fleas. I love hte product, but it no longer works on my pets. I'd suggest you try Advantage or Advantix just to give it a whirl.
IAMS really isnt a good food at all for allergy suffering dogs. WIth that in mind, have yo uconsidered trying an excellent high quality food with all natural ingredients like Chicken Soup for hte Dog Lover's soul, Canidae, Wellness, Innova, Natural Balance, or something like that?
Finally, try adding a teaspoon of fish oil, flax seed oil, or even olive oil to her food on a daily basis. This helps condition the skin naturally, increasing the oils and makig the coat really put on a shine that may also help with the itching.
As for her knee. It kills me not to fix it, but the Dr. Considering her age said she would not recommend it. She would have to go to a specialist. And they thought rehab would be hard on her. She claims it would be a $2500 surgery... Also a factor. Still I feel aweful.
As for the Frontline, I actually just used the last one this month and picked up advantix from the Vet for her next dose in June... Can't wait to try it since we have tons of Misquitoes here.
I should also mention she is on glucosamine, flaxseed oil and Thyroxine (she has a thyroid problem too). My poor baby is getting old. :(
But she is the sweetest little old puppy and quite a trooper!
We did a diet of homemade rice and Lamb followed by a diet of Turkey and sweet potato... Homemade too...
2 months of this did not help her allergies, so food can pretty much be ruled out... with the exception that anyfood containing RED 40 gives her ceisures.
I really thought about putting her back on Beef 'n More because when we did her geriatric blood work a year ago that is what she had been on for a significant amount of time. All her tests came back great with the exception of the potassium, which the Vet claimed wasn't even an issue.
Is that true?
Since then we have been ruling out this and that and messing with her diet. I have to say I am very pleased with how the IAMS works with Habers digestive system... Much less gas... Allthough the vet reccomends Innova... and once we finish the IAMs we may give it a try.
Thank you again... I was just hoping there was a way to give Haber some immediate relief from her itching.
Oh the poor baby. Can she still get around with her knee?
I know of a little one that just had it done at 14. The rehab is a little tough. Your Vet is the best one to decide if it's a good idea or not. As long as you trust her, then I would surely not consider the surgery.
We have a 10-year old basset hound who has had allergies since day one, and is on a twice-daily regimen of antihistamine timed release meds (Rx only) along with fish oil capsules (available at Costco or any natural foods store) plus 1/2 tablet of prednizone every other day. I also give him an allergy shot every 21 days. His kibble is Solid Gold Hund-n-Flochen, which is wheat free, and that pretty well cleared up his runny stools. I also feed him a little Max wet dog food each day. I bathe him with a medicated shampoo once a week, as well.
All of this keeps the scratching and licking down to a minimum, but does increase his water intake and urination. A lot of work, but worth it to give him better quality of life. Our vet has warned us against increasing the prednizone, as it just increases his susceptibility to infection. We are at the lowest effective dose that seems to help, and I wish we could get it even lower.
Good luck with your dog, and keep trying different things until something works!
iams and 'beef n more' are two really low quality foods, with many of the ingredients that are common causes of allergies. It can take up to 6 months after a switch to get the allergic component out of a dog's system. So the dog could very well be allergic to a common meat source, or a common filler like corn- And wasn't on any food long enough to see a result.
Wow thats a tough one. Even the Innova has "meal" in it... Chicken and flaxsee. Perhaps it is just easier to roast a turkey and cook a batch of sweet potatoes than to find a food with no "meal", rice or corn...
Oh, And I am still open to any immediate relief for poor Haber's itching symptoms.