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01 May 2003 @ 01:13 am
How many of you have dogs with sensitive skin and stomachs? It seems like Oreo is always biting or licking some part of her (and she doesn't have fleas!) or else grazing on grass and throwing up. The brat takes more Benedryl for her allergies than I do!

For the skin problem, my stepmom (who's a groomer and sells holistic dog foods and products) suggested getting her special (re: expensive) dog food that doesn't have chemicals and dyes in it. She started telling me about all the crap they put in commercial dog foods (Like BHA/BHT and Propolyne Glycol, an ingredient also used in such things as hair gel!) and I got her some good natural dog food. (If you'd like to learn more, go to this website that explains it all and gives examples of good foods.) In the 2 months I've had her on this new food, she's a lot better behaved and eating better. Take a good look at what is on the label for your dog's food and treats and it's a real eye opener.

As for the skin......well.....it has improved somewhat, but she's still itchy. Does anyone have any good remedies or suggestions? She's chewed the hair off the backs of her back legs and on her butt. I've tried bathing her with oatmeal shampoo, not bathing her, using Lidocaine spray, using Hydrocortisone spray, Skin so Soft, anything I can think of. But she's still biting. Hmm.
Mele: lilostitchmele on May 1st, 2003 10:52 pm (UTC)
You probably should take her to your vet. She might need something stronger than benadryl(if you are certain it isn't fleas) such as a prescription medication (hydroxyzine) or regular allergy injections. And allergies can flair up seasonally or can just be ongoing just like people. I work at a vet hospital and we have several patients that come in to get allergy injections - one in fact is a verry verry cute brindle BT! Also - if that's not what it is - it could be something totally different such as nerves...then another medication or course of action can be determined by your doctor.
Your mom was right on about the food allergies. Unfortunately a lot of people learn too late that the very food they're feeding their pets is causing them allergies. Hill's Prescription Diet (another vet recommend) has a low/ultra low allergen food.
Good luck!! Keep us updated! Oreo is such a cutie!!!
Tamdelusions on May 5th, 2003 03:35 am (UTC)
I don't think it's nerves causing her problems, as she calmed down quite a bit after I started kenneling her while I was at work. I made it quite comfortable in there and I make sure I don't use that as a punishment, so that she always considers it her safe place, not her bad girl place. Plus the change to natural food is helping quite a bit with her digestive problems, she's not grazing quite as much. Her itching was getting better until a few weeks ago, when the tree pollen started coming out, so I'm thinking that's what her problem is. One of these days I'll get her to the vet to be checked out. But for now the occasional benedryl and lidocaine spray help out enough.