We’re battling canine allergies around here, and I am determined to beat this beast once and for all.
Look at my Harley Darley…
The photo looks worse than the “hot spot” actually #Iphoneclarity
WHAT ARE HOT SPOTS? –
Anything that irritates the skin and causes a dog to scratch or lick himself can start a hot spot. Source: Pets. WebMD
TWO WEEKS AGO –
I came outside to get the mail, took one glance at my neighbor and screamed like Chris Tucker in that movie “The Fifth Element.” #likeasoprano
Her face was bright red and splotchy like the insides of a pomegranate. Eyes and nose twice their regular size. My frightened look was so obvious, she didn’t wait for the question – she freely offered up a one word explanation – “allergies.”
Shortly thereafter – I noticed Harley had (what looked like) a scratch under his eye. Just a little blood, but nothing near the eye itself.
Since the Boys had been outside playing earlier that day, I thought pawhaps someone accidentally scratched the other.
I applied coconut oil on it for two days, and it seemed to be healing nicely. Then this week – same thing. Out of nowhere it was red again.
TIME TO SEE THE DOODLE DOC –
We were able to get an afternoon appointment on the same day.
After a thorough exam…
He shared his diagnosis and I was speechless.
Allergens? Are you serious?
TPYES OF ALLERGIES IN DOGS –
There are four main types of allergies in dogs –
Atopy is the beast we’re battling.
It’s an environmental allergy. A dogs body releases excess histamine when exposed to higher concentrations of pollen in the air, which prompts symptoms. The white blood cells in the body remember these allergens in the environment. Each year they see these allergens, their body reacts more severely and releases histamine, which is what makes them itchy. Source: Rover
Atopic allergy symptoms are –
I’M NOT GIVING UP –
Every article I’ve read tries to scare the doodle out of me by stating environmental allergies –
- are progressive for dogs
- they get worse over you pet’s life
- they will never go away
I’m not drinking the Kool-Aid #nodoodleway
SO WHAT’S NEXT? –
- We will complete the 14 day antibiotic regiment. This should clear up and dry up the hot spot without an additional topical ointment.
- I’m giving both Boys Full Bucket in their food twice a week. I’m recruiting more troops, creating a special forces unit, building a stronger immune system.
- Designing a bubble suit for him in my spare time #doodlehumor
He’s showing some improvement already…
TREATMENT OPTIONS –
Since Fall and Spring seem to be his most difficult seasons, Harley is allowed to take Benadryl. Antihistamines can be an effective way to give a dog some relief, but please seek advice from your vet before doing so.
I have not looked into immunotherapy (allergy shots) yet. Doodle Doc said we’re not there yet.
He did share something new with me – Canine Atopic Dermatitis Immunotherapeutic. A “biological injection” administered once a month that is not a drug yet suppresses the pathogen. I’ll read up on it and give them a call. #moreonthislater
ONE MORE THING –
When it comes to his vet Harley believes in “licks for tips” while I pay the bill. It works well #doodlebucks…
Have a Doodle*tastic weekend, – we can’t wait to tell you about ours! ❤️