Proper Use of Benadryl for Dogs

November 22, 2009
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In the last post Maddie’s incessant licking and scratching was discussed. A new development is that she has now added licking her paws to the mix. The last time I was at the vet she suggested Benadryl. As an antihistamine it was supposed to help, along with bathing with a gentle oatmeal based shampoo. Truth […]

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Maddie Licks Her Vulva and Scratches Way Too Much

November 21, 2009
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As if one dog in the house was not enough fun, recently we added a second. Meet Maddie. As a rescue from the Orange County Animal Shelter (aka Death Row), she was in beat up condition when I rescued her. Not that she was injured per se – she had just had a rough life to […]

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Dog Itches Nonstop

July 4, 2008

Poor Annie In the latest round of skin issues we went to the vet with another flare up of her skin. Her belly was bright red and she was miserable. And so were we, since she would lick all night long. The vet decided that it was time to take a culture of the infected […]

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Does My Dog Have A Skin Allergy, Cushing’s Disease, Or Worse?

February 28, 2008

Over the last 6 months Annie (pictured at right) has been in, what we thought, was a simple aggravating battle with skin allergies. Just another annoying case of dog allergies that often plague our pets, right? Her symptoms at various times were: chewing herself, primarily around her rump dandruff which would not be washed away […]

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Hypoallergenic Dogs – Good Dogs For People With Allergies

January 5, 2008

My cousin Carl had a really difficult decision. His 8 year old, Bethany, was ready for the responsibility of a pet. After lots of discussion and research he and Bethany agreed that a dog would be a welcomed addition to the family. The problem was that Carl was allergic to dogs. Growing up in a […]

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Dog Allergy Shots – Hyposensitization

January 2, 2008

Years ago when I was a kid my parents send me to an allergist to get allergy shots. This was an effort to cure mold, mildew and ragweed allergies. Now as a ‘parent’ of Annie I am tempted to try allergy shots to cure her dog allergies. So just as people have this treatment, so […]

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