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Old 09-11-2012, 11:40 PM   #11
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Hi Fostermom,

Sorry to hear that she is experiencing a reaction of some sort. We are going through this with our 14 month old Bulldog right now. He has always had slight pinkish irritation on his front legs and it comes and goes. We started him on Grain free Blue Buffalo a few months back and it seemed to help a little bit. We stopped giving him any treats that had grain as an ingredient but it still came back every few weeks and he was licking. We switched him to Orijen food about 2 months ago and that seemed to work well. We found that Orijen was one of the very few dog foods using human-grade ingredients and not rendered meat. I supplement his food with 10% steamed & mashed veggies and boiled chicken, kidneys etc.

Very recently though he has had a bad breakout on his legs, neck and chest where lesions and crusty sores formed within a day. His hair was stiff in patches and falling out. He was obviously itchy and I had to wait 3 days for our vet. I bought hypo-allergenic pet shampoo from petco. The ingredients are limited and natural. Oatmeal protein which soothes, baking soda which neutralises odorous and aloe vera which hydrates the skin. Any brand is OK just make sure it has no added fragrances etc. It made his fur feel soft
and stopped the itching.

Our vet told us it could be anything but typically the allergies most commonly seen are contact or inhalant related and not food related. So this could be pollen, dust, dust mites, grass, a reaction to floor cleaner, her blanket material etc

He told us to give our dog Benadryl to relieve him until we can do allergy testing. He just had his neuter so that was first priority and needs to heal.

The Benadryl wont stop the allergies it just relieves the symptoms. What works well is also making sure I towel Bronx off every single time he has been outside. Head to foot! To help get rid of any pollen etc. Its been a week and his lesions have dried up and cleared. His skin isn't so pink either.

Unfortunately if a dog is allergic, its not something that can be cured:, just managed. It would help if you could do some testing to figure out what it is. Good luck!

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I forgot to mention that ive started buying only things that are organic or hypoallergenic for the house like floor cleaner, laundry detergent, counter and bathroom cleaner etc. Hoping that helps too!

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For the brief three weeks that I had Casey, he had several "hot spots" that were supposedly an allergic reaction from being flea-infested. My vet told me that white dogs are more prone to skin issues. Hmmmm??? I sprung for some of that soapless shampoo (Virbac; it's costly, but if you dilute it, it will last a several months for twice a month baths). It really did help him a lot, and it made his coat really soft. He wasn't nearly so itchy.

When (if!) I get my Sadie, I am going to try 1/2 raw and 1/2 grain-free kibble to see if she does well on it. I've heard that the raw food will help with those brown tear stains show up on white dogs. Anyway, good luck with Missy, Milli. She sure is a doll!

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I now have to add to this post that I just spotted 2 fleas on her. And it's quarter past 6 and I cannot get to a vet for an anti flea thing...

Is there perhaps a non poiseness way to get rid of fleas??
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Try giving her a bath in some of the oatmeal shampoo. At least you can drown them!
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Good point techie. Fleas can't swim. FosterMom, what you can do, is fill the tub with water and put her in the tub. Make sure only her head is out of the water. Give her an oatmeal bath and rinse with the water in the tub. Stand by with a flea comb. All the fleas will try to escape the water and run to her head. Take the flea comb and grab the fleas. It's important to clean any bedding that she sleeps on, the carpeting, hardwood floors, everything. Flea eggs can drop off and lay dormant for months in carpeting. Kenzie'sMom had an excellent idea with the boric acid. Srpinkle on the carpet, furniture and leave on for about a half hour or longer. Then vacuum up and discard the bag right away.

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Old 09-14-2012, 05:07 PM   #17
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If you mean if there is a shampoo to prevent or block allergies: No.
There are shampoos that are soothing to an itchy pet, but it does not address the underlying cause of the itch. Most over the counter shampoos are fairly mild and if you wanted something beyond that, please consult your veterinarian for a prescription shampoo, but even a prescription shampoo will not resolve the cause if it is an allergy.
If you believe that it is a food allergy (and there are not as many food allergic dogs as people think there are) you would have to do a food trial which takes discipline and time. Weeks of the diet to see you have identified the allergen. No treats or table scraps. Make sure that it is a novel protein and a novel carbohydrate. Again consult your veterinarian to make sure it is a balanced diet.
All pets are unique just like snowflakes, and just because one owner found relief by a treatment doesn't mean that your pet will succeed.
Best of luck to you and your pet.

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Fleas... this year was bad in CA. We tried so many things, even the Borax. Nothing worked longer than a week. You need to kill the fleas on her and treat your entire house or they will just jump right on her again. We finally got rid of the fleas with Comfortis (prescription) and sprinkling diatemaceous earth everywhere. Must buy human grade stuff though. Its 100% natural. On phone so cant type too much but google it. I got mine off Amazon. Then vacuum 2-3times a week. Wash dog bedding 1 a week.

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