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Sissy & Allergies

Sissy is not feeling very well. I gave her a bath on Sunday (our groomer could not get her in) and I used Oatmeal shampoo. She started itching on Tuesday.

So on Thursday I rinsed her off and did a little Eqyss shampoo. Her itching was better but still she was acting funny. She refused her treat last night and just wanted to sleep in her crate.

This morning she went outside and threw up twice. I immediately took her to the vet. He said just allergies. She got two shots. One for allergies and another for the nausea. He really didn't think it had anything to do with the shampoo just allergies in the air, etc. (springtime)

We have had problems with her allergies before which cause ear infections and between her toes get raw and scaly. Then she starts to lick them, etc.
I have a medicated shampoo I use on her toes.

Anyways, she has been sleeping ever since we got home from the vet. But stirred a little while ago and I think she is feeling better.

Anybody else have allergy problems like this?

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awww, poor baby, she looks miserable. So far Tessa doesn't seem to have allergies but my kids have terrible allergies. My DS took allergy shots for years and now we control both kids with Claritin D or Zyrtec. Not sure if those can be given to dogs though, you might check with your vet.

Did the vet give her an antihistamine? If so that may be why she is sleeping.

If it's allergens in the air making her miserable then keeping her inside as much as possible until plants, flowers, and trees are done blooming will help. Also, as hard as it is because it's tempting to open windows to let the fresh Spring air in, keep windows and doors closed as much as possible. And for the same reason giving fairly frequent baths will help. Maybe use diluted shampoo and air dry so as to not dry her hair and skin out too much? And wash her bedding frequently as the offending agents can get trapped in her bedding from her hair, then she snuggles her face in it causing problems.

Good luck. Allergies are difficult to completely treat but there are things that can help make her more comfortable.

And give her an extra
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I didn't know that allergies could make a dog throw up.. My Aussie (that we just lost last October) had terrible allergies and was a very high maintenance dog for 13 years..
Walking on grass even bothered her feet!

If I had her on Prednisone she was fine, but once I took her off she reverted right back ..
Hopefully Sissy will do well on something over the counter..

Poor girl

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Awww, poor Sissy girl. Ollie has allergies, but I think his are mostly food based. How frustrating for you and for her. Sending her and hope she feels better soon.


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Oh Marie, I'm so sorry to hear Sissy isn't feeling well. Hope whatever it is, it will be gone and forgotten VERY soon.

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Awww, poor Sissy, I am sorry she suffers from allergies. I hope she feels better soon, give her an extra belly rub.

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Tell Sissy that Tess says she's sorry she's feeling so rotten. Allergies suck!!! The antihistamine could definitely be making her sleepy.
Tess has terrible allergies - food & environment - normally she doesn't vomit, but did 3 times yesterday. Her allergies have been really bad over the past few weeks due to the pollens, tree buds, etc. Tess spends most over her day scratching her face or chwing on her feet. Fortunately she hasn't developed any hot spots yet and it doesn't see to affect her coat/skin. I started giving her allergy shots about 6-7 weeks ago but they said I may not see improvement for almost a year. In the meantime she gets 1/2 a Benadryl once or twice a day.

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when you say allergies, did the vet say if they were food or airborne? my vet has told me that most itching, etc. are allergy related but it's to food. is she on a wheat or beef free diet? those seem to be the 2 major allergies, i have eliminated them in my dogs diet (the wheat, he went off beef years ago) and his eyes have cleared up, etc. the throwing up might be food again or empty stomache. my pup throws up when his belly is empty. look at what you are feeding her, my vet told me which was the first time anyone said this is you can treat the allergy symptom but you need to get to the root of what's causing the problem. my dogs eyes were so full of gross goop, she told me to remove wheat from his diet, i did and his eyes are great, no more antibiotic ointment. anyways, food for thought,i hope your pup gets better, there's nothing worse than a dog that doesn't feel good. give her lots of belly rubs, that's sometimes the best medicine!
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I sure hope you can figure out what's wrong with Sissy and if it is allergies that you can figure out to what. We've fought allergies with our lab for 11's not fun!

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Poor Sissy! I hope she feels better soon, I have terrible allergies to food and airborne and what a drag that is.

Have you thought about trying a neutrogena shampoo and conditioner? Or the baby shampoo/cond that is frag. free? If the allergies are really making her drag alot, I'd talk to the vet about an occasional medicine, like benadryl or something.

I hope she feels better soon! WE send our kisses!

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