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Dog with severe allergies
Sunshi500 posted:
Our 2yr old dog had mild allergies last November and he chewed on his paws constantly. Benadryl didn't work for him, so the vet gave him Chlorpheniramine and that seemed to help him. At this time, we also put him on a natural grain free diet. A blood test showed slightly elevated white blood cells which the vet said suggested allergies. All seemed fine until a couple months ago. The chewing on paws has also progressed into violently scratching his face to the point where he will bleed. He has lost almost all hair around his eyes, and now his eyes water with a puss-like substance. The vet put him on hydroxine a few weeks ago, and that only helps a little -it's stopping him from slamming into things because he's so itchy, but he is still scratchy and looks horrible. The next step is allergy testing, which is expensive as is the shots to whatever he may be allergic to. Has anyone had success with supplements that help allergies? There has to be more we can try before we subcomb to the testing.
Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hello Sunshi and welcome!

Your dog does sound very uncomfortable. It's great that you've been working so hard with your ver to clear up his problems.

I have some articles that may give you some ideas to talk to your vet about:

Skin Allergies

Food Allergies

Chewing and Licking Skin

Keep us updated on how he's doing,

Every dog has his day - but the nights are reserved for the cats ~ Unknown
Sunshi500 replied to Byroney_WebMD_Staff's response:
Thank you for the info. Our vet did an allergy test today, and it takes a month for the results, so in the mean time he put our pup on a steroid to help his discomfort until we get the results. He also put him on an antibiotic for his eyes/face. Hopefully we get some answers!


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