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07/23/16 04:12 PM
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I can't really justify testing for environmental allergies at this point, but gosh am I ever tired of watching Z licking and seeing the irritation it causes. Seems the older he gets, the more sensitive he is. So I am contemplating giving him some Benedryl to see if it helps but can't remember if it is safe for dogs, what kind and how much....

I know the vet has given him a shot in the past to relieve the itchies and it worked great, and I know it is basically a waste of time and effort to apply anything topical because he will lick it off. I know it isn't fleas because I treated him after coming back from WA and because of the heat.

Poor guy is just plain itchy.


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Re: possible allergies [Re: Zisso] #341257
07/23/16 09:00 PM
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Allergies can be very tricky to identify - I did my best with Cara to go the non- steriod route but eventually had to admit defeat. That said she is only on one low dose tablet every two days which keeps the scratching down and does not cost a fortune in vet bills. I get her bloods done every six months to make sure it is not affecting her liver - so far so good

Questions to ask yourself - any changes in food, household cleaning products, washing powder, garden chemicals?

Keep immune system as strong as possible - avoid over vaccinating, give supplements - vitamin c in high doses is good,as is Vitamin E, salmon oil is excellent as well.

Monica Segal ( canine dietician) has a really good book on allergies which really helped me and her supplements are reasonably priced - also lots of info on her web site

Re: possible allergies [Re: anniej] #341258
07/23/16 09:57 PM
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Thanks Anniej smile Only thing different is the house itself, and the yard of course. Different bushes, etc. This kind of leaves me open to the unknown. Z has always been sensitive anyway, so the new environment is likely the trigger.

I picked up a pack of Benadryl (well, off brand but same ingredients/dosage) and he hasn't been licking since I gave him one. Crossing fingers it's all he needs to get through the season.


Bev~mom to:
Zisso-DOB 09/16/07
Gypsy Breeze-DOB 10/26/18

R.I.P. Kiki, Nadia, Pepe, and all my other loves from years gone by.
R.I.P. Zisso May 2, 2020
Re: possible allergies [Re: Zisso] #341259
07/23/16 11:34 PM
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Bev, how about putting some plain, unflavored kefir (not yogurt) in Zisso's food bowl?
Grimm was on a probiotic pill, apple cider vinegar, and even yogurt. No luck.
A police officer friend had allergies with his dog, and said after adding kefir, he saw much improvement, and fur growing back in after 4 days. I tried kefir for Grimm, and it helped hugely!

Try 4 tablespoons each day in Zisso's food bowl, along with his morning meal.

Best of luck! cheers


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Re: possible allergies [Re: Braverhund] #341298
07/26/16 02:38 AM
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Great idea Patti! Thanks smile


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Zisso-DOB 09/16/07
Gypsy Breeze-DOB 10/26/18

R.I.P. Kiki, Nadia, Pepe, and all my other loves from years gone by.
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Re: possible allergies [Re: Zisso] #341726
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If you are going to use an antihistamine frequently or long term, you will want to use one that is less known for blocking acetylcholine, so you might try something like zyrtec. For a GSD, I would be comfortable with a human dosage, but you should ask your vet for sure.

Frequent bathing would be very important, and increasing things with vit C and quercitin, if tolerated.


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