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J.C./NC    Posted 07-23-2001 at 09:29:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey everybody,I need some help.My poor little Jack Russell is scratching herself to death.My wife and I tried almost everything.No fleas,no ticks.The vet said allergies.The vet put her on prednesone(sp)no help.Saturday I went and got the Hills Sen.Skin.I can't see any improvement yet.I know it may take a while for the new dog food to take affect.But do 'yall have any suggestions to help her out?Thanks J.C.

Nathan(GA)    Posted 07-24-2001 at 11:59:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We had the same problem with my wife's poodle. The first vet treated her as you describe. It wasn't working and she was beginning to look bad. The second vet said she was about to die from all the shots. He said to try different food. We bought some Science Diet and it cleared up. Her coat got thicker and more shiny. 5 years later she's ok other than being more spoiled than my kids.

Dreamweaver    Posted 07-24-2001 at 12:19:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Funny you mentioned about your poodle being spoiled. My pom actually "pouts" if I don't bring her a toy or prize home from the store. She knows exactly when I bring the bags in from the car that there will be something in there for her. Of course, she has me trained very, very well......heehee......

Nathan(GA)    Posted 07-24-2001 at 13:19:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
They definately are smarter than people think. I was always against dogs in the house. This was a package deal that came with the wife. I learned to adjust. It slept with us for a few years, until we got one of those high scroll beds. Too far to jump up and down.

Ole Cuss    Posted 07-23-2001 at 14:40:53       [Reply]  [No Email]

Some dogs with skin allergies do not respond well to oral prednisolone, and an injectable cortisone gives them better relief. Some dogs needs a larger dose or longer course of oral prednisone for relief. Use of an oral antihistamine may also add a dimension of relief. All these measures are within the jurisdiction of your own vet, of course; I don't seek step on anyone's corns, and he's seeing your dog with his own eyes. Giving a hypoallergenic diet like Hill's, if it has any effect at all, will not show any effects in less than a month of feeding it; takes time. Skin allergies in dogs tend to be seasonal (spring=trees, summer=grass, fall=weeds) and you can think of it as hay fever of the skin; while some are due to direct contact with the vegetation, most are actually due to the inhalation of microscopic pollen particles, which are abosrbed into the body and cause the release of chemical substances by the dog's immune system that "fix" into the skin and cause the itching. Bottom line: if your pooch hasn't had satisfactory relief of symptoms from the initial round of treatment, return to the vet and let him reassess the situation.

Dreamweaver    Posted 07-23-2001 at 10:11:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
JC - I posed this very question to Ole Cuss, our resident vet, the other day. My pom was scratching herself to death! No fleas, ticks, no hot spots, etc. He also suggested it could be grass allergies, and on retrospect, she had been rolling on the freshly mowed lawn the other day while out for a potty walk. He suggested I apply corticosteroid creams, and I applied some Cort-Aid I had on hand. The scratching stopped almost immediately. Good luck to you. I know how upsetting it is to have your little loved one in agony. Let us know how it turns out.

Dreamweaver    Posted 07-23-2001 at 10:13:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey - Im in NC too. Wonder if there is any correlation?

J.C./NC    Posted 07-23-2001 at 12:04:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks I'll give it a shot and let y'all know.

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