Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Allergies, wrinkles, and paws

  1. #1
    Junior Member JediYoda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2018
    Posts
    26
    Pets Names
    Yoda and Zeke

    Allergies, wrinkles, and paws

    Hi everyone,

    I’ve tried to read through some threads here and some have had useful tips but didn’t come across anything recent so I’m hoping I can get some new feedback.

    Our Luna girl has had a really difficult year with allergies. She’s about 1.5 years old and this last season they really started to flare up. The good news is we’ve gotten her allergy tests results. We’ve managed to get her on a limited ingredient dog food that accommodates her food allergies. We’ve even noticed a huge difference in the softness of her coat since we’ve changed her food.

    However, she unfortunately also has a long list of environmental allergies. In the last year we’ve dealt with a few random (really bad) hive outbreaks, she constantly is trying to scratch her face and lick her paws every morning right when she wakes as well. We’ve had a few instances where she’s managed to draw blood around her wrinkles because her skin seems to be so irritated there. We’ve tried a wrinkle cream which caused her face to swell up. We’re now just cleaning with some anti itch wipes that are safe for the eye area. This gives her temporary relief but again as soon as she wakes up in the morning her skin is irritated. My husband and I have done a lot to keep her bedding clean, keep the house dusted, wipe her down as she comes in and out of the house, our vet gave us 100% Lanolin ointment to try and help with the wrinkles, we’ve done the allergy shots, steroids, over the counter Benadryl, etc. I just really feel like we’re missing something and I don’t want to keep medicating her if the problem isn’t being solved. The steroids are really the only thing that ever helps but I know that’s not a permanent solution.

    Sorry for the long winded story. I’m just hoping someone has some suggestions, things that have worked for them. Any other suggestions that a vet has given you that helped? Has it just been a bad allergy season and out girl is getting the worst of it? Any help is so greatly appreciated!

  2. #2
    Senior Member Become a 4 Paw Member
    Cbrugs's Avatar
    Real Name
    Citty
    Country
    United States
    Location
    Washington
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    3,460
    Pets Names
    Jax
    Trophies

    Re: Allergies, wrinkles, and paws

    Have you tried Cytopoint injections? Jax has severe environmental allergies and the injections has worked wonders.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Country
    Canada
    Location
    Vaughan
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Posts
    932
    Pets Names
    Honey

    Re: Allergies, wrinkles, and paws

    Agree with the cytopoint injections. Are you sure she's ok with her food? Paw licking in my dog seems to be related to food allergies. Although she has environmental allergies she stopped licking her paws once I got her on frozen raw dog food.

    I clean my dog's wrinkle that the eye drains into as follows, about every 2 days:
    1)apply a dab of chlorhexidine/ketoconazole shampoo such as Curaseb or Ketohex to a wet round cosmetic pad and clean out the wrinkle
    2)rinse out the wrinkle with a 2nd wet round cosmetic pad
    3)dry the wrinkle out with a 3rd dry round cosmetic pad
    4)apply sudocreme, zincofax etc if it's really red

    I also give my dog cetirizine 10mg daily.

  4. #4
    Junior Member Gka's Avatar
    Country
    USA
    Location
    San Jose, CA
    Join Date
    Apr 2019
    Posts
    21
    Pets Names
    Yuki

    Re: Allergies, wrinkles, and paws

    I'm so sorry your girl is miserable. We are in Northern California and this allergy season is terrible. If she is itchy when she wakes up, have you tried to change your laundry soap or dryer sheets on her bedding? I have a blanket on Yuki's bed that I wash regularly but the dryer sheets seem to make him itchy so I don't use them anymore. Good luck and hope you find the answers.

  5. #5
    Senior Member Become a 4 Paw Member
    Cbrugs's Avatar
    Real Name
    Citty
    Country
    United States
    Location
    Washington
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    3,460
    Pets Names
    Jax
    Trophies

    Re: Allergies, wrinkles, and paws

    What food are you currently feeding?


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  6. #6
    Senior Member Become a 4 Paw Member
    2bullymama's Avatar
    Real Name
    Christine
    Country
    USA
    Location
    Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, United States
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Posts
    6,859
    Pets Names
    Chelios
    Trophies

    Re: Allergies, wrinkles, and paws

    My Bulldog has a long list of environmental allergies as well... besides wiping him with a cool cloth when we come in from outside... he gets a Cytopoint shot once every 6-8 weeksand I give him Zyrtec once a day.

    my sweet angel babies
    Nitschke 2004-2011 and Banks 2005-2014

  7. #7
    Senior Member Become a 4 Paw Member
    FroxerMom's Avatar
    Real Name
    Hattie
    Country
    USA
    Location
    Raleigh, NC
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Posts
    647
    Pets Names
    Daphne (Frenchie) & Sox (Boxer)

    Re: Allergies, wrinkles, and paws

    Allergies seem to be absolutely horrible this year for mine as well (I am in North Carolina). I get my allergy test results this weekend. I am hoping that the information helps me help her. I am planning to get her Cytopoint if the things I do to modify don't help enough. There are several people on here that advocate for Cytopoint and have seen good results, so maybe ask your vet about that option. Good luck!
    ~ Hattie ~ Mom to a Frenchie (Daphne), a Boxer (Sox), and a Tuxedo cat (Stella)

Remove Ads

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •