Post # 16
My small dog gets hives on her belly/arm pits in Spring/Summer. I do 1 dose of children’s benedryl (she’s 13lbs) 1mg per pound. And I also bought a spray for skin allergies and that seems to help. If I don’t she will chew her feet and scratch until she is red. So I definitely understand!
Post # 17
FutureDrFiske: ALso, he now has a little bit of white discharge from one of his eyes.
Post # 18
when I got my girl she was completely naked–she’d scratched all of her fur off. We did two things to stop it (mostly)
– 1. got an antimicrobial shampoo. It was prescribed, though I see it and others like it are available on amazon
– 2. trained her not to scratch. Seems mean, but any time she started we’d firmly grab her leg, look at her in the eyes and tell her NO!
It took a couple weeks but between the two she slowly scratched less and less and now barely scratches herself. It sounds like she was an easier case than your pup… I really hope the vets figure something out!!!!! 🙁 🙁
Post # 19
We give our pup benadryl or claritin to help with the itchies. His are always bad august-september. Our vet also gave us something called genesis spray which i believe is a topical steriod. He mainly only chews his feet and armpit area though, so it’s easy to spray on that specific area.
Post # 20
My coworkers dog did this and he had an allergy test done so that they know what he is allergic. Turns out he was allergic to so many things they have now adjusted his food and other stuff in their house he is doing much better. Hope this helps
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Post # 22
We are currently in the waiting room at the pet ER. He started having tremors so we decided to bring him in rather than riskung something being very wrong. They are super busy so we are still waiting…
Post # 23
saraja87: we use Apoquel as well! It is a lifesaver!
We also got our dog allergy tested and eliminated his allergens from his diet (chicken, oats and barley).
Post # 24
FutureDrFiske: Good response ! I’m a vet and you sound like you are all over it 🙂 Where I graduated from really didn’t focus aywhere near enough on dermatology but in reality it is probably the thing I see most commonly after GI issues.
Post # 25
Well, After waiting six hours in the doggie ER and debating leaving several times, we were glad we waited in the end.
He started getting tremors as he breathed and just was really not himself, even after his bath so I looked for the name and address of the Pet ER an hour away. Lo and Behold, one has since opened up half an hour away so we took him there. They triaged right away with vitals and revealed he has a fever.
When we *finally* were seen by the vet, she ran a blood panel because of his Addison’s and his blood sugar tanked. They checked it again with a glucometer to be sure it wasn’t an error and it was so low it didn’t even register. Poor baby. 🙁 No wonder he was lethargic. The vet explained that while it could be an indication of sepsis, the most likely explanation is that the stress of the hotspots and infection has started an Addison’s crisis.
For those not familiar with Addison’s Disease (Since it’s fairly rare), his adrenal glands don’t produce enough of certain hormones. For him, it’s mineralocorticoids. These hormones are vital for life function and a deficiency can lead to life-threatening symptoms like low blood pressure and pulse… and also things like lethargy, refusing to eat, shaking, and increased thirst (which we experienced today).
So they are keeping him at least overnight so that we can try to head off the crisis with supportive therapies: glucose to bring up the sugar, iv antibiotics for the infection, a jump on his steroids, and possibly additional percorten if his hormone levels have tanked out because of the stress.
We are really glad we chose to bring him in today rather than trying to wait until Monday because by Monday, he’d probably be in a full blown crisis. 🙁
Post # 26
He’s home! He’s still tired but is MUCH better. He has quite the haircut because they shaved all his hotspots. I put the shirt back on because he wants to scratch. He does NOT want the bandage from the IV off. Wonder if he bruises like I do… We’ll go to our regular vet this week to discuss our options in treating his hotspots. Definitely don’t want another Addison’s crisis.