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Old 09-19-2007, 04:01 AM
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Well, Tidus seems to be going through this. I don't know if it's part of his puggle nature, or if he is getting bit because I find tiny bumps on the bottom of his paws.

I took him to the vet, but one said it was from a dirt patch outside my house and that I should wash his feet every time. And then the other vet, said it was an allergy that could be connected to a tiny fly-insect called no-see-ums.

Anyways the first vet gave Tidus a anti-histamine, antibiotics and a cream for his paws. Well, he only gave me enough for one week, so after dropping a chunk of change, Tidus was still reddened and the vet said he was showing improvement. Jump forward a few days and Tidus was back to the itching.

I scheduled that second appointment with the second aforementioned vet and he gave me two choices. Give Tidus a shot that would clear him up for a few weeks (five weeks to be precise) or pay $400 and find out all of Tidus' allergies and get a prescription for it.

Now don't get me wrong, I love him and I paid for the two visits, but $400 was way out of my college student budget. I opted for the five week solution that would cover, what I thought would be pollen season, but it's coming back.

All I have is a spray that I got from the vet that deters fleas, and a shampoo to relieve the itching. I talked to a friend that works at a shelter and she advised me to used Hydrocortosone (maximum 1%) on his paws and to give him Benadryl at night so he can sleep. I also have bought some wipes that ease the itching and make that bitter taste so he doesn't make it worse.

God this sucks. He's two-years-old and this is the first year this has happened, I am just longing for the season to end. I guess I'll stick to the Hydro and Benadryl til then ... since the vet is basically clueless and only provides me with temporary (a few weeks) solutions.
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Old 09-19-2007, 10:23 AM
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I second the oatmeal bath. As long as it's not coupled with shampooing, you can do it every day if you like. It should really soothe the skin. Temporary, but effective.
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Old 09-21-2007, 03:12 PM
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I had Molly on Benadryl for about 3 months, it didn't do anything, except to maybe, and I'm not sure it really did it, make he slightly less "wired". Sadly it did nothing for her allergies. I've tried food, supplements, baths, Claritin, and a couple of other antihistamines, and nothing worked.

She had a very mild winter and spring last time for some reason, and I'm hoping that maybe with age, her allergies have kind of lessened or dissapeared. My own went almost completely away (with the exception of pine type trees) from age 17 to 45, when they came roaring back one say when I was walking the dogs in a park. They seem to have subsided again for some reason. I take a Benadryl every day, just to help me sleep better. If I don't take it, it's no big deal.
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