Since we have tried everything under the sun for Mandy's allergies, we decided to try just plain ole' olive oil. I have been givning her children's benedryl twice a day and rubbing her down all over with the oil and I believe it is actually going to help. She smells like olives but what the heck. I had rather her smell than listen to the scratch, scratch, scratch. And now she has gotten where she moans when she scratches. This is just wonderful when you are trying to go to sleep. Keep the fingers crossed, maybe we have hit on something that will help. Yessssssss!!!!
The olive oil certainly won't hurt her, and it will be wonderful for her skin, just ask any Italian out there. I'm curious, I can't remember what the allergies are? Just wondering if you might try or have tried a corticosteroid short term, to really knock the itching on it's a&%. What breed is she?
She is a mini schnauzer with really sensitive skin. I can just clip her and she will razor burn so easy. We are pretty sure she is allergic to grass because after she comes back in from outside she constantly scratches and chews on her legs. We have tried the shots ever summer but my vet said she did not want to give her the shot. She has just been diagnosed with kidney disease too. Poor baby, she is just going through it right now. She just turned 12 this month and I just try to keep her as comfortable as possible.
Damn, well at that age I would'nt advise drugs especially with the kidney problem. Have you tried colloidal oatmeal lotion shampoo or cream, or pure aloe vera gel, golden seal root powder mixed with vitamin E oil. A diet free of wheat rye oats barley - all gluten free?
I have a 16 year old Maltese/Poodle mix. He is also allergic to grass and licks his paws. He has kidney and heart disease and therefore we try to stay with topical remedies. Like you I have tried everything under the sun to make him as comfortable as possible. What works best for Toby is the ItchStick. You can find it in WalMart or on the www.petkin.com site. I also have a spray from the vet called Genesis http://www.1800petmeds.com/pdetail.asp?SK=10681&SP=&WT=&MG=&PT=&AFFID=GG&ID=18956608 , but I find the ItchStick works much better for Toby. He actually comes over and hands me his paw when he wants it applied.
BTW - I make all of Toby's food (rice, vegetables, meat and olive oil) for his kidney disease. He was diagnosed 4 years ago and is still going strong, the vets (I have 3 that follow him) are amazed that his kidney values are so good. Make sure you leave your dog with lots of water at all times - especially with kidney disease.
I have tried witch hazel, apple cidar vingar , tea tree oil. I usually bath her in a shampoo for allergies. I would like to know about the itchstick. I have never seen it at Walmart. I'm sure our Walmart would probably have it. I have had her on the k/d and Welliness. Tonite I fed her people food. She has had her benedryl and her rub down with the olive oil and believe it or not she is not scratching like she was. Chewing on her feet just alittle but nothing like she was. I went to the doctor today and he has a schnauzer with cancer. He has started feeding her people food and he said it was amazing how she is doing. He thinks all dog food is bad. I think I am just alittle prone to agree.
I'm so glad you found something that may be working. What is the product to put in the water bowl? Chloe' has been licking on one foot for most of the summer, and I've tired the benedryl 2 times a day, changed her food, to natures variety, but she still licks her food every evening. I've tried some cortizone spray, but don't want her to lick it so I have to wrap her foot. I'd like to try a more natural product, but can't find anything.
You can go to the GNC store or any kind of nutritional store and buy acidolphius. Not sure on spelling. My cousin's schnauzer had those bumps and it helped her. She did not get them as bad on it. It is acne for schnauzers.
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It is put out by Natural Pet Pharmaceuticals and is just simply called Allergies. I bought it at Canine Commissary for $14.00. You put about 1/2 capful in their drinking water. Like I said I am giving them filtered water. It may take alittle time to see a differance because I have just started using it.
Thanks again...I don't got to Petco or Petsmart. I have a high end petstore and will talk to them about he product. They usually will order stuff for me if I have a name and they have a supplier for it.