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Here we go again... Allergies...

Discussion in 'Diseases & Illnesses' started by ghggp, Jul 5, 2020.

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  1. ghggp

    ghggp Moderator

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    Ok, many of you may remember that Liam had a problem with allergies last year. As I don't want a repeat occurrence I am watching him like a hawk for any signs of itching... Last year his poor paws were a mess!

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    He started itching a few weeks ago, so I am treating him with a medicated bath 3x a week
    https://www.amazon.com/Douxo-Chlorhexidine-Shampoo-16-9-oz/dp/B000O1HEJ0 and Benadryl once a day.

    So far so good... he started scratching today so in the bath, he went...

    I have two large crab apple snowdrift trees in my backyard that are really beautiful but always seem to get Apple Scab. They are magnificent in the spring but the leaves this time of year start to show signs of the apple scab fungus!

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    By the time the end of July hits the leaves are almost gone from the trees!
    "The apple scab fungus spends the winter in the fallen leaves, and in the spring it produces spores that can infect the new crop of leaves."

    This makes me suspect that this might be the cause of Liam's allergy!
    I swear if I can determine that is the cause I would cut those trees down in a heartbeat.
    I hate to cut down any tree but the alternative is a dog that can be miserable for years.

    He is such a trooper and will stay calm in the tub for the 10 minutes for the shampoo to work.

    Got some lovely pictures of him today after air drying in the yard!
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  2. Sandy in CT

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    So sweet - just love the expression in that last photo!!!!! He looks so good, it makes me think Brodie needs a bath tomorrow! WoW!!!


    Poor guy - and if you are spot on about the trees, why not try to treat the trees? A quick google search shows Bonide or Dr. Earth both have treatments.
     
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    Yes, I have had them professionally treated three times a season at $75 per treatment. I have been doing that for 5 years. Each year the problem comes back. So, not an option since I lost my job due to Covid19.
     
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    He's so handsome Gloria. I wonder if you are onto something. It would be a shame to cut down two beautiful trees if you're not sure though. I would look into the treatment Sandy suggests, if it's not toxic then maybe you can fix two problems at once! What a champ he is being so good for his foot soaks.
     
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    When I was at the vet last week she told me to check for wandering jew, as that's got a high allergy rate in dogs (along with grass). Della's got bad hayfever atm. Sure enough I checked under the trees and found some of the purple kind.

    Not sure if I mentioned, Tully's internal medicine specialist said Zyrtec (cetirizine) was the best antihistamine for dogs but it has to be given regularly during allergy season to get best results. Tully (and now Della) get half a human tablet).
     
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    Poor Liam! At least your on top of it this year, he sure looks good after the bath...beautiful!
    What about getting him allergy tested? I know things must be tight when you don't have a job but I imagine it's easier to treat the cause than the symptoms.
     
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    I will try Zyrtec, Caro! Thanks
     
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    I was planning to get him tested last year but it eventually resolved so I didn’t. With Covid19 I am not really interested in going to the vet and leaving him alone while he they do tests on him. He is skittish and shy I would hate to traumatize him.
     
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  9. Piper's mom

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    Your right of course Gloria. I forget about the changes at the vet clinics and such (plus we're almost back to normal here, or rather a new normal). I was fortunate that Piper is such a social butterfly and didn't bother him going in without me. Finnie, while he's come a long way I'm not so sure how he'd handle it. Fortunately he saw the vet in beginning of March for his hock so he's good for awhile.
     
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  10. Darren

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    Wow Gloria, Liam looks amazing you've done a great job! He has such a playful expression.
    I can only imagine how hard it is to work out what is actually causing he allergies, by the looks of it though you may be on to something with the trees.
     
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