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30 August 2009 @ 12:30 pm

Well, I've had a helluva couple days and it's been even worse for the dogs.

Three days ago, Bebo started running at both ends, throwing up 10 times in two days all because of a bone he stole. A 500$ vet visit later -fecal test, two x-rays, two perscriptions, the appointment, a shot, and a claw trimming - and Bebo was cleared for home. I was told to keep him on a bland diet of Rice with the possibility of boiled chicken or drained hamburger. So, because Darcy refuses to eat anything but what Bebo does, she was put on the diet, too.

Guess what?

Darcy's allergic to rice.

So, today she's all swollen up with red itchy splotches all over and entirely miserable, but I don't have the funds to take her to the vet because I just paid for this semester's college tuition and my father just paid for his, and we barely scrapped up enough to haul Beeb's in. I've given her a dose of benadryl - against vet's recommendation, but I did it before I called and plenty of vets suggest it anyway. It's made things a little less awful for her, so they can shove it. - and wrap her in a damp cool towel when she'll let me. I've removed her collar to decrease irritation, but besides that, I'm at a loss.

Does anyone here have anything else that might help ease her symptoms? Is there a lotion or something I can rub into her skin to help alleviate the itchy? She's not allergic to anything else that we know of and the vet refuses to give us any further help without seeing her.

I have my camera charging, I'll post pictures of the reaction in just a bit.

Nancieeicnan on August 30th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
Maybe try the hydrocortisone sprays they sell for itching relief? They worked for my saint bernard when she'd get red allergy spots and itch away.
SMGriffinsmgriffin on August 30th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
Good idea! I'll look and see if I can find some.
trailer park jesuscharnels on August 30th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
i'd be more worried about her throat closing up / insides reacting to the allergy. :(
SMGriffin: BeboDarcysmgriffin on August 30th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
Luckily, other than her skin she hasn't had any major reactions. She's still breathing fine and I've got her and the big boy curled up with me. He keeps nudging her to make she's alright.
Kieranwalklikethunder on August 30th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
My aunt who does rescue for German Short Haired Pointers and sometimes other doggies swears by baby Benadryl. My Dexter has a pretty insane grass allergy. Giving him a baby one before we know we are going to the dog park decreases his symptoms ten fold.
He used to fuss with us over wiping him down with a nice warm wet cloth afterward but has since decided he loves it. He doesn't move an inch when I do it now. :)
SMGriffin: BeboDarcysmgriffin on August 30th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
Darcy's a bit bigger than most bostons, so following the measurements I was given I gave her an adult pill. However, hearing that several people use and have had no ill effects with the baby-benadryl means I'll go pick up a box to keep on hand from here on out, just in case. My family eats rice enough that all the little bugger has to do is steal a plate when someone goes to the bathroom to be back in this mess.

Luckily, the worst is over now. Still has pink patches all over, but the swelling's down and it looks like the itching is gone, too.
Kieranwalklikethunder on August 30th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
awwwww. i'd be doing nothing but spoiling her now.

dex is actually smaller then most bostons. he's only 15 lbs!
SMGriffin: BeboDarcysmgriffin on August 30th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
lol, well, I'm juggling both the sickies. Right now, we're all puppy piled on the sofa. Bebo is ridiculously smart so he noticed the rice made Darcy sick. That means, of course, he now refuses to touch his rice. I may have to feed him straight boiled chicked/drained hamburger for the duration if he won't change his mind.

Darcy just wants to curl up, be warm, and sleep until all the awful has gone away. So far, it's been working pretty well for her.
Kieranwalklikethunder on August 30th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
haha. sometimes they are just too smart!
SMGriffin: BeboDarcysmgriffin on August 31st, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
Its obvious he often thinks I'm a complete idiot. Like when I tried to feed him his pills as treats like the vet said. He blatantly gave me a 'How stupid do you think I am? Are you on CRACK?' look.

Darcy's not the sharpest tool in the shed. Very pretty, very sweet, doesn't understand a word humans say, but understands Bebo perfectly so he translates. 'Stay in the Yard' = 'Tackle Darcy to the ground shake her by the neck and growl'. First time he did that we had a heart attack, but as fearsome as it looks, he's veeeery careful not to hurt her and, well, she understood. She's not afraid of him at all, she just HAS to have thing taught to her in dog or it just doesn't compute.

He did that with the rice, too. She kept trying to eat his bowl that he was ignoring and he snapped and her and hauled her off. She's been completely uninterested ever since.
greymalkini: cutegreymalkini on August 31st, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
Another good, bland diet is oatmeal and yogurt (plain). Even after Violet got better, she loves to have some yogurt with her food.
SMGriffinsmgriffin on August 31st, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
Oh thank you. I was just talking to someone about how Bebo won't touch the rice because he knows that's what made Darcy sick. Hopefully he'll respond to the oatmeal and yogurt much better. I know he loves yogurt.
greymalkinigreymalkini on August 31st, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
We use water.
SMGriffin: BeboDarcysmgriffin on August 31st, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
Oh, do you make your oatmeal with water or milk?
know all your enemieskelliee on August 31st, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
you can also use white potatoes or sweet potatoes instead of rice.
SMGriffinsmgriffin on August 31st, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
You guys are fantastic. The vet closed a couple hours ago so I haven't been able to get dietary options from them. It's good to know I've got awesome resources right here!
Jennylittlesunflower on August 31st, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
Daisy was just out of the hospital herself with stomach inflammation and internal bleeding. I too gave her rice, and she hated it. She does love soft boiled chicken. Not a lot, so I can stretch a breast to about 6 or even 8 servings. I cut it up into very tiny pieces and mix it with her food. If you are feeding wet food, no prob. If dry, I put in about an eighth of a cup of water. I zap it in the micro for about 15 to 17 seconds and stir it up, and presto - chicken soup for sick bellies. Hopefully you will find a menu that works, and good luck with the reaction. I've been told benedryl from my vet, so you did the right thing. Maybe get some of that baby aveeno they make for kids with chicken pox, maybe a mild bath with that or just a little on a washcloth to help keep the skin moist and less itchy? Sending you positive thoughts!
SMGriffinsmgriffin on August 31st, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
Things have gotten much better in the last hour and a half. I'll probably get her something for her skin, just to help with the red blotchy patches, but the swelling is gone and she's stopped scratching. Not only that, but I managed to get both Bebo and Darcy to eat oatmeal(made with water, just in case) with yogurt. I didn't want to toss her straight back onto kibble after having such a hard day, particularly since she ingested her allergy and I didn't need a second puking puppy.