(Closed) Dog has Allergies/Won’t leave his sitches alone?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Do you use a cone on him (e-collar) when you cannot constantly watch him?

Our one dog had an FHO last January (and is having his other leg done next week), and we used a cone on him constantly. He chewed up 3-4 cones during his recovery – I found the vet was actually cheaper to purchased them from then Petco/Petsmart. I purchased a BiteNot collar this time around, hopefully it will be a better experience.

Stitches/staples are uncomfortable, and a dog will lick as they do not know better.

If he still has an open incision, it could be more stress induced. I’d get some sort cone or BiteNot (cervical collar type) to stop the licking of the incision, then once it’s heeled go from there.

Both my dogs wanted to lick their incisions to death. My lab also chewed his carpal pad raw on both pads at one point.

Does your dog do it when your home, or just when he’s alone? If he’s doing it when he’s alone it definitely could be some sort of aniexty.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I don’t know why they said no to a cone, you can just buy one at a pet store.  Wouldn’t that prevent him from chewing on the stitches? 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree with just going to a local pet store and getting him a cone. The also make soft cones that prevent them from licking. Like this one:

http://www.petco.com/product/108491/All-Four-Paws-Black-Comfy-Cone.aspx?CoreCat=OnSiteSearch

As for the allergies, how long did  you try the grain free or prescription foods? It can take weeks to months of a new diet to see results.

Also, what kind of surfaces does your dog walk on at your place vs your parent’s place? Some dogs are allergic to grass or other plants. If it’s mostly his feet then it may be a contact allergy.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You can not keep an eye on him 24/7. I think one of the cones would work best.. there are a few types of them out there. As for the allergies. How do you know what your dog is allergic to? The dog food may not be working because the dog is allergic to something else ie. other food. I used to work for an older vet a couple years ago so I can’t remember anything too well but I wouldn’t completely assume the allergies are food related. It could be enviornmental. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Why not just opt for the cone?

My old dog had such bad allergies he chewed his tail right down to the bone, so with my current dog I noticed he itched a lot so I took a proactive approach. I got him groomed or washed him at home with calming oatmeal soap. I also add olive oil or some other cooking oil (he loves bacon fat!) to his food when it gets really bad, which I believe helps his skin from getting too dry.

 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

I think you need a new vet. It boggles my mind that they are choosing to keep trying to close up a wound without offering you some solutions. Get the cone yourself. You certainly don’t need the vet’s permission to do something for your dog that makes more sense than to ‘just watch him more’.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Your dogs allergies might not be just food. Gizmo our corgi, is allergic to grass, cats and yes, you do not need to adjust your screen, dogs. 

Gizmo got an allergy skin test, and gets allergy shots 1x a week. Feel free to ask any questions if you want.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have a dog with many allergies.  I just wanted to say that it is WELL WORTH the money to pay for the allergy testing.  Ours was apx $300 but we found out all the things our dog was allergic to- one of the main ones being cheese- which was what we had been giving him to help take his medicine!  We were making our dog sicker everytime we gave him pills to stop the itching!  Anyway, we found out that we needed to get him on a special food that is made from potato and venison because of his allergies to poultry and oats which are in everything.  I would say that with the knowledge from the test, his allergies have improved 97% and he is a happy dog now.  Also, our vet reccomends Benadryl for the itching- but check with your vet for an appropriate dose.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@SouthernGirl: We went to an allergist. but we had to have a referral. Gizmo was chewing his feet until he bled. It wasn’t good. We did the food test first. And when it didn’t get better, we did the test. 

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I just wanted to add that our vet took our dog’s blood in the office and sent it out to a lab for testing.  It took apx 2 weeks to get the results back, but when we did they were very extensive and was written up in a formal report.

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