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30 September 2008 @ 07:20 pm
Gambit's paws are really really red. I feel terrible. They look so sore. The vet suspects it's allergies. He also itches at his ears a lot, so he is balding around his ears. I don't know what he's allergic to. It's been since we moved to our new house, so about a year now, although he has always had red eyes. Even when we lived at the apartment the vet was saying he had allergies. We have tried him on a different food (kangaroo - the idea being it is totally alien to his system) and he hated it, refused to eat, and we didn't notice a change. This summer, the vet put him on steroids but it just made him sleepy and grouchy and a bit sick to his stomach.

I don't know what to do, he seems so uncomfortable. I know bostons are often allergic, any idea what might be troubling my boy?
trexphile on September 30th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
Could be skin allergies. The vet has decided that's what's going on with our Daisy -- she scratches at her ears a lot, sometimes 'til they're bloody. She chews at her paws so much that they're pretty much hairless now.

We get her the occasional cortisone shot, which helps but makes her sleepy and drink more water. We're going to try giving her a little Benadryl in pill form every other day and see if that helps.
Tiffanyiftherainstops on October 1st, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
When my boston was around a year or so old, he had the same thing. The vet narrowed it down to his food. He was on canidae that had multiple kinds of meat in it. He said that many smaller dogs have poultry issues. We switched him to a different food that had just 1 kind of meat in it, and he is fine. So now he is on innova
Jennylittlesunflower on October 1st, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
I wonder if it is his food. He has been on a few different foods in his lifetime. We started him out on Natural Balance, but he hated it so much that after about 6 months he totally refused to eat it and would even throw up after eating it. So we switched to Iams, which he loved, but I know it's not a healthy choice. Now he is on Orijen, which the breeder reccomended for him and for Daisy. She's very strong about all natural foods where the first ingredients are meats, not grains. The kangaroo food didn't make a difference either, although the vet was convinced it would as it is a totally different kind of meat. So I dunno... I'm hoping it's that simple cos he looks so sad. :( The saddest thing is first thing in the morning when he rubs and rubs and rubs his eyes with his wee red paws. :(
stacyleigh_1999stacyleigh_1999 on October 1st, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
My boston has allergies too. She gets red and gets itchy. The best relief for the itchies is a bath. It soothes the skin and gets the allergens off. It only lasts about a week though. My vet told me to give her half a benedryl tablet if she gets red and that works wonders. No side effects at all and the redness goes away. It helps for the itchyness too.
i'm terrified.ce_soir on October 1st, 2008 06:41 am (UTC)
woofy was going bald, reverse sneezing, getting scabs! from itching so much and his face and eyes were constantly red. after 3 weeks on supplements that did him no good i brought him to the vet. she changed his food and he has been fine ever since. he eats limited ingredient dick van patten duck and potato food. the idea behind that being that it's organic, no grains or additives. you can only get it at petco and it's kind of expensive but it worked for him. he has NO allergies anymore. still some seasonal if we are outside going for a long walk but otherwise he is very healthy. his fur and skin are healthy and he doesn't throw up left and right like he used to either.
i didn't think it would work but now i feed all of my dogs this stuff.
Jennylittlesunflower on October 1st, 2008 11:35 am (UTC)
Natural Balance, that's what we fed Gambit when he was a puppy but he hated it. HATED it. By 6 months he wouldn't touch the stuff. I wonder if I could try going back on it and see if his tastes have changed, but the nearest pet store that sells it is really far; but I'll try anything for my babies.
i'm terrified.ce_soir on October 1st, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
Maybe you could go online and see if they have any samples they could send you. They have a lot of different kinds of natural balance, the limited ingredient comes in duck or venicin. I can't believe he is so picky! My dogs eat that stuff like they have never been fed when its dinner time and then they try to break into the food container when they are done.
I hope you figure something out for the little guy.
Jennylittlesunflower on October 1st, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Daisy is a hoover; she'll eat anything in her bowl and his bowl, too. Gambit always looks at me like "and where is my menu this evening? I shall choose what I most desire."

yellekennayellekenna on October 1st, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
Oz has allergies too and I haven't been able to narrow it down so in the meantime I wash his paws every night before bed in case it's the grass that's bothering him.
librababielibrababie on October 2nd, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
My pit has allergies with some of the same symptoms as others here. Licking her paws is the worst, followed by itchy ears that get an overgrowth of yeast cells and smell all gross.

Our vet put her on a Tavist D, an antihistamine, (human version, generic at wal mart is like $4 for 100 pills. She gets 1 1/2 of those 2x a day and in addition is on a medication we can only get online, I get it all allivet.com the cheapest. It is Clemastine fumarate, and has 100pills for like $10, she gets one of those 2x a day. When given consistently, she really does well.

The vet suggested to begin giving her these as soon as we see her start any of the symptoms and continue from there. If things improve in a few weeks, we can take her off a few days and see how she does. It really does seem seasonal.

I don't know if all this ranting helps, I just wanted to add my experience here because it took forever for 3 vets to accurately give me something that would work for her so I was excited!!

Good luck!
know all your enemieskelliee on October 3rd, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
if he is 2 years old or older, you might be better off forking over a wad of cash to get him allergy tested. i think it costs between 200-400 for the test, but its worth it so you don't have to stress out and play guessing games. i mean, what if he's allergic to potatoes or rice or something? or if he's allergic to a bunch of different things? it would take forever to figure it out.

in the mean time, you could try this... its grain free (which is what dogs are usually allergic to) and has no meat in it so if you think he's allergic to chicken, maybe you can add your own duck, venison or salmon (or some other kind of fish) to it.

i know you said he hated the natural balance, but did you try the fish and sweet potato flavor? from my experience, picky dogs seem to really like the stinky food and that one stinks pretty good.
tini_smomtini_smom on October 7th, 2008 11:44 am (UTC)
I know your message is a few weeks old but I rarely (actually hardly ever) get on here anymore. One of my bostons (Martini) has EXTREMELY bad allergies. Here's some of the things that have helped her...First off we did take her to an allergy vet (big bucks). He said that food allergies are the easiest to eliminate but rarely the real problem. Tini is allergic to no foods but tons of environmental things. I feed her Verus fish and potato food and I put fish oil on her food. This is supposed to be good for their coat and replenish the oil in the skin. My dogs hate dry dog food so in order to make them eat it, I also make some homemade dog food in the crock pot. My regular vet is holistic and he said homemade is the second best for them (raw being the best). You use equal parts of protein, vegetable and grain if you'd like to try that. I give Tini a bath once a week and I use an antibacterial and antifungal shampoo since all the scratching can cause secondary infections. Since over bathing can cause dry skin/itching I put a leave in Oatmeal conditioner on her after her bath. I use baby wipes on her paws when she comes in from outside. I would recommend getting him tested if you can afford it because it's hard to fix without knowing what the problem is. One of Tini's worst allergies is dust. I am a neat freak but everyone has dust. She used to love getting under the beds so I had to block them all off. Constantly washing dog bedding is a pain so I figured out an easier way. I cover her cushion with a pillow case and use a baby blanket on top of that. This is much easier to strip and wash weekly. There is also a very good and safe drug for allergies called Atopica. Tini is on this too but it's really expensive (about $4.00 a pill). She only takes one every other day and it helps a lot and has no bad side affects. I am also trying the allergy shots which I give her every other week. She's been doing this for over a year and I have my doubts that it is working but I'm keeping this up for now. Sometimes, even with all this stuff she still itches and then I'll give her a Benadryl. She weighs 23 lbs and the vet said she can take one pill twice a day but they really only make her sleepy so she can quit itching long enough to go to sleep. Anyways sorry for going on and on, it's just that I know what a pain this can all be and if it's allergies it'll only get worse without doing something. My #1 recommendation would be to get him allergy tested if he doesn't soon improve and you can afford it. Good luck!