Misery   10 comments

Poor Rocky is miserable. And itchy. So Itchy. Mommy is beyond sad and frustrated by it. What can be causing it??? At first, we thought, “fleas.” Mommy thought she saw one on Selena. But they’re both on Frontline and last month vet gave them. Nexguard oral treatment too, just in case. Mommy thoroughly cleaned the house, their bedding, her bedding, blankets, pillows, toys, the works. Even the yard was treated with an extra dose. Still, Rocky itches.

Mommy gives him a bath weekly, with a gentle, soothing, oatmeal shampoo. He’s unhappy about it at the time, but it does provide some temporary relief. As does a dose of Benedryl with his food, and an anti-itch spray. Still, Rocky itches.

We’re calling vet tomorrow to rule out any and all infestation. Mommy’s fairly certain it’s got to be environmental or food-based, because Selena doesn’t itch. But Mommy isn’t Vet, and Vet can run tests to be sure. And hopefully provide longer lasting relief while we figure this out! 

Poor Rocky! Now Mommy is wondering about all the ingredients in his food and treats. I’ve still got some of Deita’s prescription canned food in the cupboard. I think we need to take everything we can out of his diet, start from the I/d diet and work our way out. See if it clears up. Right now Mommy has it in her head that maybe he’s allergic to brewer’s yeast. It’s in a lot of commercial dry food and treats. And Mommy remembers starting to give Rocky an allergy supplement awhile ago, but it seemed to make it worse so we stopped and it improved again. The first ingredient in that supplement was brewers yeast. It’s worth a shot right? And cutting out processed foods for the time being doesn’t hurt anything.

So that’s what we’ll do

1. Call Vet on Monday, get Rocky some relief, confirm it’s not an infestation or infection and get Vet’s buy-in on the allergy-free diet plan. 

2. Cut out all processed food and treats for a few weeks. Nothing with yeast or wheat. 

3. Salmon, chicken, potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, peas and carrots, simple ingredients only. Maybe Vet has a good recipe?

Cross your paws for Rocky. Let’s hope and pray Mommy figures this puzzle out soon. Poor buddy. 😟

And now, because Mommy doesn’t want to end on a sad note, here’s a gratuitous photo. Mommy’s friend, Scott, captioned this. Cuteness factor:10!

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  1. I sure hope there is an easy answer. It isn’t fun to have a miserable dog.

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  2. I know how much it stinks to have itchies. I’m in the middle of switching from lamb based food to chicken. All other ingredients the same. I’m also using Jax n Daisy shampoo and Lotion. So far, my itchies are getting a lot better!

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  3. The fast, easy solution is a steroid injection. I hope you don’t let the vet do that. That is how my first schnauzer, Freda, came down with Cushings Disease, which also left her blind. A dunk in a cool tub of water will give temporary relief when it is driving you both crazy. If it is, food, you will be able to control it. And it sounds like you have already figured out yeast is bad for Rocky. I cooked cheap fish and added broccoli, sweet potato, rice and apples for Freda. Now there are lots of limited ingredient diets out there, even at the pet stores. Best wishes for getting Rocky itch-free. I know what it’s like.

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    • Miss D had Cushings. I’ve already found a limited ingredient canned food from Blue Buffalo, if it is the yeast. Not going to go out and buy a case just yet, but it’s good to know I won’t have to make his dinner myself forever. My dogs definitely eat better than I do. I’m usually too tired to cook. If it is food, how long before we see real relief?

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  4. Oh we will pray for a simple solution. This is no fun!,

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  5. I hope for good news from the vet…. we noticed that we have a lot of ants in our garden this year and also a lot of grass mites… maybe one of this buggers caused the itcheritis?

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    • Our bug man takes care of those here at home, but Rocky goes to day camp once a week. He could have picked up something there I guess. I’d hate to take that away from him but I may have to until this itcheritis clears up. 😦

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