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post #31 of 37 Old 06-16-2014, 11:32 PM
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): I hope this turns out for the best...

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post #32 of 37 Old 06-18-2014, 02:24 PM
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When Jackson was really bad with his allergies, he was crated he wore an elizabethan collar (cone) when I wasn't able to supervise him, to keep him from chewing on his legs. He probably hated it but... eh, what can ya do.
Also, according to my vet, it takes up to three months for a severe allergic reaction to clear the system, so I'm not surprised that 10 days didn't have much effect. I do strongly suggest getting your vet involved with this though, they're going to be the only ones who know for sure what's going on.
Though the allergy testing was expensive, for me it was worth it, if only so my dog healed faster. Good luck, I hope your pooch is feeling better soon.

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When Jackson was really bad with his allergies, he was crated he wore an elizabethan collar (cone) when I wasn't able to supervise him, to keep him from chewing on his legs. He probably hated it but... eh, what can ya do.
Also, according to my vet, it takes up to three months for a severe allergic reaction to clear the system, so I'm not surprised that 10 days didn't have much effect. I do strongly suggest getting your vet involved with this though, they're going to be the only ones who know for sure what's going on.
Though the allergy testing was expensive, for me it was worth it, if only so my dog healed faster. Good luck, I hope your pooch is feeling better soon.

Post number 29 explains my recent vet visit from Monday I figured out she had a flea allergy and all that tearing herself up she was doing was due to three measly fleas because our flea preventative (Frontline) was not working like it was supposed to so we switched to Vectra.

UPDATE: After applying the Vectra and giving her the Prednisone I can happily say my dog is ITCH FREE! She has not scratched, chewed, bit, rubbed muzzle, or anything! She can relax, she's so happy, and I am a happy dog mama. We shall see as time goes on how everything pans out but so far good signs.
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post #34 of 37 Old 06-18-2014, 06:19 PM
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If she remains on Prednisone, there's a good chance she'll become overweight. We are feeding our dogs grain based food yet dogs are meat eaters. Anything with soy in it has been know to cause excessive scratching. A friend's small dog went thro this and was on Prednisone and tubby. When I suggested putting her on more of a meat diet and no soy the dog was able to get taper off the Pred in about a month. The scratching ceased and the dog's weight returned to normal.
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If she remains on Prednisone, there's a good chance she'll become overweight. We are feeding our dogs grain based food yet dogs are meat eaters. Anything with soy in it has been know to cause excessive scratching. A friend's small dog went thro this and was on Prednisone and tubby. When I suggested putting her on more of a meat diet and no soy the dog was able to get taper off the Pred in about a month. The scratching ceased and the dog's weight returned to normal.
Good to know! I had done a little research on Prednisone side effects and didn't find weight gain so I'm glad you mentioned it so I can keep an eye. I've struggled with Jetta's weight for a while(due to my dad feeding her table scraps without me knowing ) and finally got her to drop 5lbs. She needs to go down 5 more to be where she should. I'm the big meanie who won't let anyone feed her junk, but I can live with that title haha.

We're going to be keeping her on the Blue Buffalo even though it seems it wasn't the food causing the issue. She was only prescribed 20 2.5mg tablets of the Prednisone and I was told to give her two a day for 5 days, then one a day for 5 days, and finally one every other day till gone.

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Sometimes you have to put the allergy fire out with steroids like prednisone to give the skin a chance to heal properly before other changes you put into place (food, flea meds, bathing, etc) can do much for you. I am glad that both you and your pup are feeling better and getting a chance to relax now! Hopefully the flea meds and other stuff keep the itch from coming back!
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That's what I'm hoping Sharpie.

I'm all "eagle-eye" on her skin now. I'm guessing the reason I never saw the fleas before was because I didn't SEARCH just kind of looked. And once we combed her over completely we only found three of the ugly buggers. I'm still upset the vet didn't believe me and kind of blew me off. My friend who came with me got a bad vibe as well. Going to be trying my friend's vet next time. They've been going to them for years and have nothing but good things to say.

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