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Old 06-15-2013, 08:56 AM
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Riley has hotspots on his legs that have developed over the past month or two. He started with major itching this spring but was also itchy in the winter too both him and aura which I chalked up to dry skin. Aura is fine now but Riley's issues seemed to ramp up again this spring. He's never had allergies before so I'm trying to figure out if this is a true allergy or if it is just a mild itch made worse by anxiety.

He's always been on the high stress side and I'm wondering if the arrival of Clarissa has affected him in some way. He is not getting as much mental stimulation right now either. Which I feel bad about and I have to figure out something but in the meantime these are the options the vet gave us

(Oh she mentioned it could be chicken too but he's raw fed. We did change chicken suppliers this time around its been about a month or so too since that change. Could a different chicken have that affect?)

1)Trial of Vanectyl P (low dose steroid) if improvement, can use Atopica during allergy season.
2) other option to determine if biting at legs is due to anxiety can alternatively try daily anti-anxiety meds - Zylkene or Clomicalm.

For big stressors (he's now way more noise sensitive than he was before thanks to our neighbors shooting off heavy duty fireworks a few weeks ago on a holiday- it affected other dogs in our area too but Riley is super sensitive). She said she could prescribe Alprazolam (Xanax) for tstorms and fireworks.

Sorry this is so long!! I'm on my phone and trying to get this out as fast as I can lol. So basically my question is what would you do? Does anyone have any experience with any of these drugs and can help me decide?

He has chewed all four of his legs raw in places at this point and we need to do something soon. I'm tempted to try the anxiety stuff because he seems to forget about the itching when he is outside. It's only when he comes in that he starts up and doesn't stop. We also tried Benadryl with limited success.
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:57 AM
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I had Solo on amitriptyline for years when he was younger, and also supplemented with Xanax for thunderstorms. Both meds really helped his quality of life.

I can't comment on the itching/possible allergies, but having met Riley, I would try the anti-anxiety meds. Why not, you can always take him off them, but you also might find that it helps him a lot.

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Old 06-16-2013, 12:39 PM
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Thanks T! I'm leaning towards the Zylkene as its a natural product and seems pretty safe. Can't hurt to try I guess.

Anyone else have any suggestions??
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I've read that coconut oil can help with hot spots.
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So we got a prescription of Xanax from the vet. Tried it this morning during some thunder. He is still wide awake, not sleepy at all but he can't walk straight. Wont lay down without being in his crate and in his crate he continues to whine. Sigh. Total fail. I'm really at a loss as to what to do with this dog.

(Also trying Zylkene for his itching and not seeing any improvement)
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:33 AM
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For the record, Xanax had the opposite of the desired effect for Bailey. Even taking a daily SSRI (Fluoxetine), she needs to have a situational med. We tried Clonidine first (because I needed it to work within an hour) and luckily that worked (Trazodone is another one we discussed, but thankfully didn't have to try). There are a whole host of classes of meds out there besides Xanax, don't give up yet! Ask for a different one!
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Thanks!! I know not to use acepromazine, But didnt know what else to ask about. It just sucks because we are going to hear fireworks this weekend and I was really hoping to have something that worked in time.
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So we got a prescription of Xanax from the vet. Tried it this morning during some thunder. He is still wide awake, not sleepy at all but he can't walk straight. Wont lay down without being in his crate and in his crate he continues to whine.
Did you give it to him after the thunder started? If they are already stressed it often won't work. I had best success giving it early, before the storm starts, or early in the evening before fireworks start.
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Yeah it was after. It was early this morning and we didn't know it was coming.

He's still whining and the storm is long gone. I'm afraid to try it again!
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For allergies, I'd be much more willing to try allergy testing and desensitization than Atopica. Atopica is some pretty potent stuff, suppresses the immune system, and can have nasty side effects.
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