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So capote's allergies are getting a bit extreme. He's chewing on his feet all the time and even after changing his food he's still not any better.

I asked the vet what we could do and he said we could try childrens benedryl for now and if it doesn't get any better than we may go perscription. So I've had him on benedryl for the past week.. Haven't noticed MUCH of a change.. I think when it's kicked in he doesn't chew on his feet as much but when it's worn off he's right back to chewing and licking away.

Does anyone have their dogs on prescription allergy meds? If so has it helped much? Did you try benedryl before?

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Mindy - Maybe try another food?? What are you feeding him now?

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We had him on pro plan small breed which was chicken and rice. We switched him to lamb and rice and it's helped a lil with his tear stains but he's still licking his paws. I've tried Iams lamb and rice with no change and eukenuba with no change. I'm starting to think maybe it's not a food allergy. He WON'T go in the grass anymore.. not unless he's being walked in it.. but in the back yard he just lounges around on the patio or sticks to the edges..even as Taylor bounds around him as if she's never had a problem with grass. Can dogs have grass allergies??

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Goldie and her mom Cory both chew and lick their feet. It may not be allergies.. it could be compulsiveness.

I think Joan put vinegar and something on Corys feet and it stopped. Let me ask her.
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Have you changed shampoos or anything else "new and improved"?
Oliver's brother has a habit of chewing one paw.

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Been using coat handler for about a year..just changed to perfect coat that smells coconut-y that's supposed to help whiten his coat this last week. I did notice a DRASTIC whitening of his coat..not really his paws though.. He's only had one bath since then with that shampoo.. the chewing/licking started way before that though..

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Foot licking

I know this can be food - but I also think it might be grass. I started spraying Cory's feet with ACV (apple cidar vinegar) when she comes in from outside.
I keep it in a spray bottle on the counter (full strength) and spray her several time a day.
We are also putting it on their food. ACV is good for many things and is a natural flea deterrent.
Check out this link:
http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/acvfordogs.html

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allergies and sensitive havs

Mine takes temaril P. Also has a shot from time to time of cortisone, I think when it gets super bad.

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Allergies

I have one of mine on Temaril P also - sometimes it helps and sometimes not so much. Vinegar does work - and I put it on their food also.
I hate them being on drugs all the time - but I can't stand all the scratching. It goes away if we go on vacation - and in the winter time it is non existent.
It always happens when the grass is out.

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We had a dog who was allergic to grass, cats!, fleas, and many pollens. Dogs can have allergies just like people. When you start sneezing, they might also (or scratching/licking).

It can take a long time to find the allergen. If the scratching/licking is constant all year long, it is usually a food allergy. If it is periodic, it is an inhalant or seasonal allergy. The easiest is to rule out flea allergy.

Our allergy specialist told us NOT to start switching food while the dog is experiencing a rise in histamine. If you do, the dog could develop an allergy to substances they are exposed to while in this allergic state. Keep the food the same and eliminate other sources first--this is what we have been told. Of course, if your animal is experiencing clear food allergy signs of vomiting, diarrhea, mucousy stools, etc. then definitely change the food.

I hope this helps.
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