Post # 1
So I adopted my little puppy through a rescue organization, she’s about 12 weeks old now. When they found her at 6 weeks, she had scabs on her skin. On her first check-up they did a skin scrape and test, and said it was bacterial.
The vet prescribed antibiotics, which she has finished now and an oatmeal bath weekly. The first bath went fine, I used a dog shampoo with oatmeal for sensitive skin, and she handled it ok. The scabs started looking better and healing.
I gave her a bath tonight (this is only her second one within about a week and a half) and about 10 minutes after I got her out of the bath and dried off–I see these red bumps all over her belly!!!! AHHH I feel terrible, this didn’t happen the first time, could it be an allergic reaction??
I’ll be making another vet appt of course, but I just wanted to know what experiences anyone has had with sensitive skin/dog allergies and tips for a nervous owner!!
Post # 3
My dog has a severe flea allergy, as well as allergies to grass and things. This is doubly unfortunate because he is a basset mix so his belly always hits tall grass.
Honestly, you fall into a routine. I did so so so much initially to get it under control. We went to the vet, put him on steroids and antibiotics, did some manner of food elimination, and so many creams and so forth.
Now our routine is simple. Try our darndest to make sure he doesn’t get fleas to start. He has a medicated shampoo, as well as a natural anti-itch one, and cortisone cream for after the bath. He has a cone so he doesn’t eat all his flesh when he’s inflammed.
He’s fine. He just got over a major allergic reaction, so he’s patchy and stupid looking, but it’s a lot easier now to know the routine.
Post # 4
My dog used to react to corn in his food when he was a puppy but doesn’t react EVER now that he’s an adult. If your poor pup is having allergies it might take you quite a while to figure out exactly what he’s allergic to but it can be done! Remember that if you aren’t happy with what your vet is doing/not doing, there are other options. How I wish I had known that I could just run to a different vet! I was too scared and shy to go somewhere else for a second opinion. Good luck!
Post # 5
My dog has allergies to almost everything. Grass, fleas, her own saliva. We sometimes give her antihistamine to stop the itching, but have also found that having her wear a baby singlet really helps her skin and stops it from flaring up. Her allergies are really bad and after trying all the vets in our area we have no other answers. I hope your pups allergies aren’t as bad! But it sounds like you’ve got a good routine atm.
Post # 6
My dog has allergies to chicken, duck, and corn in his food. So we feed a grain free Salmon based food. It took almost 6 months of itching and liquid poos to figure out exactly what was the problem. As PP said it may take you a while to figure out what exactly is causing the allergic reaction, but hang in there, it’ll be okay!
Post # 7
Thanks everyone!! Her skin is better this morning, but I guess we have a journey to take to find out what’s going on…thanks for all your help!
Post # 8
Just checked her out–the vet thinks she might have mange… :/ Gave her steroid shot for itching and antibiotic shot plus flea/mange protection–needless to say she is curled up next to me sleeping now haha.
Hopefully she gets better soon!