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Old 11-04-2013, 10:19 PM   #1
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I am new to the forum and have found many people helpful on here. I have a dilemma and can I figure out what to do!

My 6 year old Pomchi Benny is my world and I have had to watch him suffer relentlessly since June of this year. He started just scratching and itching like CRAZY to the point of actually gnawing at his skin. Not just licking. His first get had us jus put him in a cone but nothing worked because then he just scratched with his back foot.

We went to a new highly recommended vet and he found his leg to be "loose" in his wrist joint so he was in a case for 6 weeks and he also believes he now started suffering with allergies since his skin was very red and his ears as well as them closing slightly, classic allergy signs and symptoms.

He did well on steroids and with the cast, no more licking and scratching! We of he cast off and he still held the leg up which we figured was him used to the cast.

We tried to ween him off the steroids since he was doing well, but then after about 2 weeks the scratching began and licking and gnawing. Not only does he scratch, but he cries out in pain during the scratching and gets extremely aggressive when we stop him. He doesn't sleep at night even with a mild sedative. The steroids were started and the allergy symptoms subsided again, but he must wear a cone because he will still night his leg, and we must put socks on his back feet because he scratches and cries so much. He is still weak on is left leg that was previously casted.

If anyone could even help in the slightest it would be extremely helpful seeing as I don't know what to do for him! There is no soothing him. Is this a possible nerve injury? I just can't put my finger on what this scratching ordeal is, and clearly the vets he's seen can't either! Sorry for the novel.

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Hello Samantha, welcome to the forum and I am so sorry to hear of your poor dog's problems. He must be going crazy with all that itching. Did your vet do give you any idea as to what he might be allergic to? Did he give you a referral to a specialist who can do testing to help identify what is causing the allergy? Were other tests done to rule out any immune disorders? If not, I think it might be time for you to ask for a referral or even locate one yourself. Steroids will help, they did when one of my dog had very uncomfortable summer skin issues but since poor Benny's problem is ongoing I think the specialist is your best bet.
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Samantha, welcome to the Forum! JGLI gave excellent advise. In the mean time, I would suggest you go to the drug store and purchase a saline solution. It will be the same as prescribed for people that have open wounds. It's not expensive at all. Take the saline solution and rub it into your pups wounds. This will help with the healing process. In some instances it will clear up the problem. We have had collies for quite a few years. They are prone to allergies. When our White Collie developed allergies, I decided to use my left over solution from one of my operations, and it worked like a charm.

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Thank you both so much! My heart just aches for him because nothing soothes him. I will definitely try the saline and will talk to the vet about a specialist! Ca they perform a test for finding out what exactly the allergy is? And I forgot to mention his X-rays were clear before the cast. He limps on that left leg but out bet thinks it may be due to his allergy pain since it seems to get him the most in the insides of his legs and by his chest. He seems to trip a lot on that leg too. What sort of specialist would you suggest? Are there allergists for dogs? Sorry I've never dealt with a dog with allergies, as you can see by my cluelessness haha! Thanks to you both!

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In your area, there are several veterinary specialist centers. I would try to locate one that has a specialist in veterinary dermatology such as this one:

Chicago Veterinary Specialty Group

Chicago, IL - Veterinary Specialty Center

They can do testing to rule out specific allergens and hopefully to identify the one that is troubling Benny so. A specialty center would be a good choice for you as well because most of them have specialists in surgery, orthopedics, internal medicine, etc. on staff as well. These specialists can all work together as a team to treat Benny's allergy issues and his limp together. They do tend to be a bit more expensive but in the long run it is often more cost effective that going back to the same vet over and over when no improvement is seen.
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Yes. You can have your dog allergy tested. I did with both of my dogs. It can be expensive, but both had seasonal allergies, so I knew that twice a year, both would have issues. The saline solution I found by accident.
I've been in and out of the hospital 6 times in the last year and a half. I've had 3 open wound surgeries. What that means is, the operations I have had, were never closed. They were "open" wounds. I had to clean them with a saline solution that was provided by my in home health care provider. Over time, the saline helped with closing the wounds, and I had the wounds closed with sutures. I had so much left over, that I decided to try the solution on my Collie. It made all the difference! No more going to the vet. It cleared him up completely. I am not saying this will heal your dog, but it will help.

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Thanks you both so much! I will do the saline for sure. We are seeing the vet again Monday so I will see about seeing a specialist! Thanks again, you are both wonderful!!!

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We all hope that Benny is feeling better soon, do keep us updated. And we'd love to see some pictures of him soon :-)
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