February 8th, 2009, 07:03 PM
Ok took Scruffy to the vet a month ago or so for excessive scratching (esp of his ears). He also had diarreah, but not too badly. The vet diagnosed allergies and I switched to chicken-free, fish based food (Orijen 6-fish, so there was no grain involved).
I've limited his treats to grain-free items, as well as sharing my dinner veggies with him.
He was just great but lately has started that scratching again. He is half wheaten terrier and apparently they are sensitive to food.
I'm wondering what else people have run into that dogs are commonly allergic to? I will admit that I have been sharing my cheese crackers with him. Since the itching came back, I've stopped that (grain worries).
Any suggestions would be appreciated. THanks!
February 8th, 2009, 07:16 PM
I've been through this when I adopted Bailey. Thought I had it under control with the right food and it started again ... in spring time. What is the weather like in Edmonton ? Has it been on the + side lately ?
Or if it's real cold , could be the dry air ?
February 8th, 2009, 07:25 PM
Etown_chick, I feel for you!!!! It is so difficult to watch them in such discomfort. I did not realize Scruffy was part Wheaten (or I just forgot...happens these days :shrug:) I also have a wheaten/shihtzu X who presents with allergies. Not exactly sure what he is allergic to so I do my best to trouble shoot. Keep him washed so nothing stays in his fur, very careful with his snacks (wheat/corn/gluten free) and when all else fails a Benedryl (as directed by my vet)
Below is a link to a food discussion on the wheaten terrier group on Yahoo...you will see that it can be so many different things and you just have to continue trying until something works...and not everything works for everyone! FYI, the responder named Topaz is a vet with over 25yrs experience who also has three wheatens and is considered an expert...good luck and hope it helps!
February 8th, 2009, 07:29 PM
Here is a link to the group....in case you have to join to read the messages. It is worth it to join...they discuss many many different problems.
February 9th, 2009, 01:24 AM
thanks, diandpat, have joined the yahoo group.
Yes it is frustrating, esp. when he starts scratching his ears and yelping because it hurts to scratch.... Your vet said benadryl? I use it myself. I'm picturing the two of us zonked on the couch from benadryl haa haa.
Frenchy, it's been gorgeous here! Above zero most days, lots of nice, long park runs for us. I thought the dryness might be affecting him the way it does us humans but its' only his ears that he's scratching.
I'll keep plugging away.THanks for your support!
February 9th, 2009, 07:20 AM
How do his ears look on the inside? Could it be an ear problem?
February 9th, 2009, 03:08 PM
I have a huge scratching problem with my Boston Terrier. After spending a pile of money at a specialist I still have no conclusion. It's all a guessing game. One thing if you suspect food then no treats whatsoever, not even a crumb off the floor. Switch to a different protein source like duck, salmon or venison. I've heard trying grain free but haven't done so myself yet. I give her alot of shampoo's and the benedry does not work. I want to tell you there is success with the new drug Atopica, however it made my dog sick. 10 % of dog have symptoms, I had to stop it. It is very expensive too, but it can work. I don't think I'll try skin testing. Keep a log, see if you have more problems in certain seasons. Good luck it's a very long trial and I still have no idea. My dog's been going through this for a year now, since she was six months old. I do have a feeling it's bad breeding.
February 9th, 2009, 07:44 PM
The dairy in the cheese could be the problem too.
Has he been tested for low thyroid? I know that can cause skin problems, our first dog has issues with that.
Baxter has allergies, but it's not to food, it's mostly during the growing season. He's been great all winter.
We give him a couple of childrens bendryl in the mornings during the growing season. He likes the grape flavour, so taking the pills isn't a problem. :laughing: DH cleans any belly sores he gets and dusts his itchy belly with Gold Bond powder during flareups.
February 9th, 2009, 08:21 PM
I had him to the vet for his ears. He's the guy who told me his ears are fine,but that he has allergies...sigh..looks like it's going to be an ongoing thing.
I've got him on Orijen fish - no chicken, no grains, will see how that goes.
And ya as far as bad breeding goes, he is a rescue so who knows.
Will keep plugging!THanks all.