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joan
11/27/2008 4:30:27 PM
Posts: 7
I have an English Setter, almost 2 years old, who is a great dog. She is a house dog, sleeps in my bed, and has acres to run free as we live in the country. (We aren't hungers, even though she'd be a good bird dog.) But she is allergic to something -- ragweed, our vet thinks. She was on Prednazone all summer, and the symptoms seem to have gone away, mostly, now that it's November. The symptoms are a red itchy rash all over her belly, muzzle, and the inside of her legs.

Does anyone have experience with this? Will the allergy go away as she gets older or is this foreve?

Joan
Veternarian01
12/1/2008 3:38:57 AM
Posts: 2
Well, Joan, I have two dogs. I have a Maltese cross aussie terrior(Bear) and a little Dachshund. We had this purple plant up the back of our house, and our little Dachshund called SNAGGS, used to always run around in it and play. Well she started getting these red rashes all over her body, (especially on her belly because she is so close to the ground all of the time). so we took her to our local vet, and they said that she may be allergic to it. We didn't want to remove the plant, so we just taught her not to go anywhere near it. She has not had the rash for about 8 mnths now. It may not be the same plant as you may have, but it i a possibility.
nannycharger
2/12/2009 8:26:19 AM
Posts: 11
Joan, I had a Cocker Spaniel that was having this problem and we had allergy test done. Found out she was allergic to dust mites. Really hard to deal with as these are everywhere. Had to give her injections.
Sinlof4
2/24/2009 7:09:59 PM
Posts: 8
Veternarion 101 - I know this has nothing to do with your answer to the lady about dog allergies......I have had plenty of dogs in the past that have had allergies to certain plants or weeds.

Please notice that I wrote a few weeks ago about my Mini Schnauzer w/ his strange behavior of looking up at the ceiling. I was beginning to agree that this must be a neurological problem, but he acts fine about 10 days after he has been professionally groomed.

I know that when he is groomed again (next Monday) I would like to know what would be a good product to use if he has an allergy to bathing products. Has anyone ever heard of a dog having an allergic reaction to clippers? When he has been groomed he does this continually for about ten days. His body will feel hot and he will hide behind furniture instead of sleeping on his back like he does when he feels comfortable.

Any advice as to what I could or should give him before he goes to the groomer. I am totally at a loss.
My vet has never seen this before. If I did not record it on video he would not know how the dog acts. We just call it Zach Syndrome. If you are a vet I would really appreciate your opinion. We have been giving him prednisone after grooming, but if there is anything I can do that would help him so he maybe can be confortable before being groomed. I also have his littermate and she has never had a problem (They are almost two years old) I am desperate...... Sinlof4
AnkhuIGs
2/25/2009 5:16:07 AM
Posts: 1904
Well....about the only thing i can think of is to give him something to calm him? This time, maybe stay and watch, and get a list of ingredients they use. Request they use all natural or organic items. No scented items. No perfume etc etc etc.

Maybe you can start to narrow down what it is.

As for Pheno...NO...i would not go that route if the only time this happens is when he is groomed. Pheno in my opnion, should only be used IF there are very frequent seizures...say...3 - 4 a month? Many times seizures can be control by diet, or simply trying to remove that which is causing the seizure...such as a certain chemical cleaner or shampoo.

Serena Galloway
IGCA rescue Colorado

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bambee
3/3/2009 6:39:49 PM
Posts: 5
Sometimes the allergies go away when you dog gets immune to the allergens. Observe also the food that you give to your dog. Your vet thinks that it is ragweed? Better be sure. Try keeping him away from ragweeds and if he does not develop an allergy then it could be ragweed.

http://dog-allergies.blogspot.com/
joanh
3/4/2009 8:07:43 AM
Posts: 3
Thank you all for your replies and ideas. Since snowfall (we are in northern Vermont) Rosie's rash is gone, so I think it must be an allergy to some plant. Our vet thinks ragweed and that we should keep her on a low dose of Prednisone for the whole growing season even into fall as the ragweed leaves are underfoot even late in the season. I don't like the idea of all those steroids, and I'm going to try kelp --has anyone had success with that?

Joan
patorama
3/5/2009 7:30:38 AM
Posts: 97
Add kelp and fish oil too. Both help with skin problems and the fish oil helps with the immune system as well.
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