|Barked: Sat Jul 13, '13 8:57pm PST |
|There are so many symptoms a dog with allergies can exhibit; it can be difficult to make that diagnosis on your own. I recommend seeking advice from a HOLISTIC veterinarian. Something has to be triggering the allergies. This requires adjustments in your dog’s life. They must also be treated. A holistic vet will help you with this. I recommend using a holistic vet as your primary vet.
Cool baths can help with the itching your dog is experiencing. Does Aliki have any hot spots? Salmon oil (Alaskan is best) is a good supplementation for allergies. I also recommend looking into a raw diet. A holistic vet will be able to help you with this, too.
If she has licked herself raw, you will probably need to muzzle her to deal with the lick sores she has created. I recommend shaving the area around the lick sores. Then, clean them with soap (I use Miracle 2 Soap). The reason she is licking her legs is because they itch. You should clean the legs daily with good quality soap.
Are the gurgling stomach noises associated with illness? A raw diet is best for dogs. You can start with organic raw chicken breast. This is very easy on the stomach, too. After about a week you can start adding organic chicken bones or bone-in breast.
You can do some basic massage to help relieve any stomach pain she is experiencing. Stretch her back legs back gently and then lightly rub her stomach. You can press your hand in a little bit, but you don’t want to make her more uncomfortable. Stretching her back legs back gives you more area to work with as far as massage and also helps stretch her gastrointestinal system, sometimes relieving gas and discomfort. Do this with her lying on her side, then switch sides.
I believe she is whining because she isn’t feeling well. I’m wondering if she could be suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. As far as controlling her allergies, I would get her on salmon oil ASAP. A few weeks on this and you should notice a decrease in allergies. If you are giving her attention when she whines, it could be a rewarded behavior and she is doing it just to get attention. But, I would do the tests the vet recommends to rule out more serious medical problems. I’m glad to hear that she had a good appetite. Lack of appetite can indicate something more serious. Although, I’m worried that she is not drinking enough water during the summer months. Try adding a teaspoon of organic chicken broth to a bowl of water.