October 8th 2013 12:07 pm
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Although it started out easy, this year's Fall allergy season is turning out to be a rough one for Geordie. I know he is itchy despite me trying to soothe his skin and feed him healthy supplements, but I am reluctant to take him to the vet. I don't think I can handle the expense of allergy shots, and I worry about them recommending steroids for him. I keep hoping that whatever plant is bothering him would just die already.
For now, I feel like I have lost my little boy. Normally, Geordie is opinionated and loves to do tricks for food. He gets the zoomies at night and runs and barks indoors. He loves long walks where he can pee on weeds....but the Geordie I have now is nothing like that. He wants his Benedryl so that he gets some itching relief. However, whenever he takes it, it makes him sleepy. He won't do tricks. Often he skips meals. All he wants to do is sleep or have me scratch his back. I can't blame him, but I do miss my lively little boy. Soon enough, he will be a senior dog, and I will expect these sorts of things. Now, while he is still young, I wish I had my boy back.
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Since all dogtors charge differently I don't know how much this info is worth, but I had a depo-mederol shot Nov. last year costing $22, dogtor says average range of effectiveness is about nine weeks. Mom didn't keep track. It did help some. Of course, often the real hurt on the wallet comes from just walking through the door, bol!
I read that too much shampooing can strip the skin of natural defenses so usually we just get a good rinsing if we seem to need it. Plus I read that over-brushing can exacerbate itching. But I love and need my back scratched, too! What to do?!
Do you get vitamin C? Dogs produce their own C. We don't believe in dogs getting C if they don't have joint problems, because giving extra can cause the body's own production to atrophy. But extra C can also act as an antihistamine. We started getting 50 mg. twice a day this year. This is just going to be during allergy/green season. Most online sites recommend much more. It's best to let your human educate them selves and decide what might be your dose. The rule of thumb for therapeutic dosage seems to be give increasing amounts of C until diarrhea developes then back off the dose a little. We don't get that much!
Plus we started extra zinc in the spring. We didn't like to do that because the body gets used to it, then slows it's own mechanism for absorbing zinc from food. 5 mg. extra per day is good for our size. We found a supplement called Glow, by In Clover. We can only get the 40 lb. dog size so we cut it in half and it gives us 8.5 mg. We're going to taper off C and zinc starting near the end of November.
Except for one bad two week period in August, this summer the itches haven't been as bad, but we don't know if it was help from the supplements or just a lesser allergy year, both, or none of the above, bol!
Awwww Geordie, I sur hope doz things causing you to be so itchy disappear real soon so you feels lots better!!
Bunches a hugs,
Sorry you are having itchies. Hope you are feeling better soon.