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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 03-30-2012, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Well, Gabby is home. I took her to our vet this morning. He said it was allergies. Funny, there was a girl ahead of me that was in there with the same issues, chewing on feet and itching. He gave her a shot and said it should last 3 or 4 weeks. He gave me some pills to give her if she starts scratching again. Predizones. I dont want to give her those, so, hopefully it gets better. I also changed her food to a better food.. I was told food with grains was a big offender. I bought some oatmeal bath stuff too. I will keep yall updated. Thanks for all the advice yall have given me.
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If your area is anything like mine, the trees are blooming and it makes for high pollen count. If Gabby is walking around on grass, you might want to wash her feet off when she come in. She most likely would have pollen on them and it may help to get it off. Just a thought. Poor thing..hope she is more comfortable now.

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We gave maddie that medication. It helped because the more they scratch the worse it gets. Any way she wasn't on it very long and she did get better. It is a good idea to try the grain free food. My vet also did a skin test under the scope did yours?

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No skin test. Our vet is old school, lol. Gabby isnt going outside at all. She pottys on a ugodog. But, I am told she still gets it from the air, and being tracked in. I hope she doesnt have to be on the meds much, as I know it isnt good for her. But, I couldnt take the scratching any longer. Her skin was getting red and irritated. Seems like the shot is working. I have seen her scratch a little, but, not much. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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Poor Gabby! Hope she stops itching soon!
We used to have to get cortizone shots for our austrailian shepard. Made sure to eliminate corn from her diet.


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Did the vet tell you what was in the shot given? If not, could you ask?

Prednisone isn't always great to give a dog, but if it helps with the itchy skin, it's not that bad an idea, if it's just a short course of prednisone. But it would really be a good idea to know what was in the shot that's to last 3 or 4 weeks. Knowing that could help you decide what to do about the prednisone.

My Camellia has allergies; quite severe ones, but we're keeping the the itching - and worse, reverse-sneezing - under control by giving Benadryl three times daily, and baths once-weekly, and sprays twice weekly, with special shampoo and spray.

If the allergies result from a missing skin barrier, which sounds like a possibility (same as Camellia has), then this particular shampoo and spray might help a lot:

http://www.douxo.us/dermatology/doux...s-shampoo.html

When you go to that link, there are various other links included on the page, that give you more information.

While it's true that food with grains can be a big offender, if the dog's allergies are largely environmental, as Camellia's are, this other approach of replacing the missing skin barrier might help especially well.

If you do start the Prednisone, you need to follow through and do exactly as the vet says, to wean her off it little by little, because doing anything else is dangerous. If it's really going to help, I recommend doing it!

How old is Gabby?

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Where is he allergic? You may try putting a little warm compress on the allergies to eliminate a little bit of the itch.

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No skin test. Our vet is old school, lol. Gabby isnt going outside at all. She pottys on a ugodog. But, I am told she still gets it from the air, and being tracked in. I hope she doesnt have to be on the meds much, as I know it isnt good for her. But, I couldnt take the scratching any longer. Her skin was getting red and irritated. Seems like the shot is working. I have seen her scratch a little, but, not much. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Thats funny because my vet said they always look easy treatable things first and allergies last. They test for skin mites . Maddie did have a bunch of flacking so maybe that is why. It lasted awhile and right when I was making an appointment with a specialist it all went away. Hope Gabby gets better soon

Maddie at 5mo old
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Carol, Gabby is 7 months on the 4th. Shame on me, but, the vet just said allergy shot. I am going to call him Monday and ask what it was. The shot may have helped a little, but she is still scratching and chewing on herself. I will ck out the link you gave me. This is driving us both crazy.
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