My pug Daisy has had skin allergies for a couple of years now. The Atopica is giving her some relief along w/ Benadryl but is still not 100%. Does anyone have any suggestions? We all suffer w/ her itching and digging.
The Atopica is our next step. We have ours on an antihistamine, steroids, fish oil, hypoallergenic food and he still digs. His skin is turning black and he has open sores. It is pitaful. We pray the Atopica will provide some relief......the last step for us is to have an allergy skin test done and make his food according to his allergies. That of course wont help the fact ours has seasonal allergies to grass and such......hang in there.
Nalani has allergies too. We have her on a wheat free diet and add fish oil, 1/2 a allergy pill to her food as well. Everytime- I do mean Every time we walk her we wash her feet or wipe them with a distilled water and vinegar solution. This has stopped her from licking her feet and digging at her skin. She still gets itchy in one of her armpits. When it turned "black" and lost most of the hair the vet had us dab cold green tea on it. This soothed the area and we put a triple antibiotic ointment on it which has a little itch soother in it for itch relief.
Our vet also said we would need a allergy test if we could not get the situation under control. He has a black pug himself and said 95% of the time they have allergies due to the environment. We would like to avoid the very expensive test. she is doing well now...
Here is our vet's information if you are in the area....
Thank you Nalani for the info. I am going to try the fish oil, I have heard that is very good for them and may help the allergies. I am putting her back on the Atopica every day for the next month. I feel so bad for Daisy she suffers terribly with this. Washing her feet every time she goes out is a good idea too, I just don't know if I can be as consistant with it like you, but will give it a try. Good luck to you and thanks again.
I agree with surf city pug. You should look into a wheat free diet food. Gluten can cause allergies in dogs. I give my dog's WD dog food. You have to buy it from your vet. Yes, it is a little more expensive than other dog foods, but it's worth it. It has corn based ingredients instead of wheat or barley. The dog food is actually a diet dog food, which is good for my two puggies, since we know pugs get fat fast. Also, read food ingredents on any of the biscuits/treats you give your dog and make sure there arn't any gluten ingredients (Wheat, barley, oats). Best wishes to Daisy!
(i'm probably telling you something you already know)
tucker always had bad summer skin.....hot spots and plenty of overall itching. we switched him to lamb and rice and he's had a lovely coat since and no more itch whatsoever!!
My pug Daisy has been on the Atopica everyday now going into her second month. I also had the vet give me some fish oil tabs, shampoo for skin allergies, a perscription similar to Benadyl (w/out the sleepiness), and she eats venison and potatoe food. I have seen a big improvement the last couple of weeks. Daisy breaks out in a rash when I try to give the Atopica every other day rather than everyday. She itches all night. But like I said I've seen positive results. I'm glad Tucker is doing better. You just have to keep trying different things until hopefully something works.
Our 14 month old Pug, Maggie, has just in the last month or so began an almost ritualistic licking of her feet every night before she goes to sleep. The vet says allergies, wipe her feet, wipe down her body, give her Benadryl. I am going to try the vinegar/water wipe as so far, she is still licking and scratching under her chin. Will this stop once the weather gets colder and the pollen count/leaf mold whatever it is that's making her itch go away?
I have seen a tremendous difference in Daisy this last month since giving her the Atopica every day vs every other. The itching has almost stopped, with the exception of still digging at her feet. I will have to do the vinigar and water wipe. Prior to this improvement she had developed a hot spot and her skin was just red with rash. I hate spending the money on this medication but it is well worth it. She has also been on a diet of venison and potatoe that I buy from the vet which is also expensive but is healthy for her. She is at a good weight and is very healthy. I hope you all find some relief for your babies too.