It's allergy season, so we've noticed a general uptick in itchiness. Theo is worrying at the base of his tail and his feet, as he often does in the spring. Actually, it's not as bad this year as in past seasons--we haven't had a full-blown hot spot so far (just some mild abrasions and red spots) and haven't had to give Prednisone yet. But he is doing one unusual thing--we noticed tonight that he has been yanking out the fur all around his butt. It actually looks like he's given himself a crewcut! Do you think this might be anal glands, or just itchiness? I'm trying to decide whether we should take him to the vet to have the glands expressed (something we've never had to do), or to put him on a short course of Pred to stop the itching. Have you (or, more precisely, your dogs) experienced this?
Thanks for any ideas!
Whenever they do i always frontline the area before it gets raw !
In our case it's usually a flea allergy which they can get even if they haven't got fleas !
Mitzi seems to be paw licking and butt licking a little more than usual, but at her age,10, I really try to avoid drugs like pred. She has never had hot spots. It may be worth a trip to the vet to get the anal glands empty. My vet showed me how to do it, but nothing ever comes out for me. I just get a look from Mitzi: "What are you doing?". Did you run a flea comb through just to be sure it's not fleas? They're hard to see on black dogs.
You sure he doesn't have fleas or has been bitten by one? Zena got bitten by a flea last year and ended up in a horrible allergic reaction. Broke out all over and itched herself into a frenzy and a staph infection. Environmental allergies are a PITA!
If its allergies can you give him benedryl? Even if its bug bites benedryl will help with the itching. Talk to your vet first tho. If its to the point where he's going to chew it raw, I'd put a cone on him for a few days until you can get the itchiness under control.
Thanks. He's a nonresponder to Benadryl, unfortunately. Sandy and Colin, I didn't think of fleas--he usually gets Frontline every month, but we were two weeks late this month. (You'd think it would still be working, no?)
When this happened to Willy, it was his anal glands. He was also a scratcher before we got him on the right food. I'm not sure what to tell you, if you're sure it's not fleas, I'd maybe have them check his anal glands.
If Frontline doesn't clear up his itchies, maybe the vet could prescribe an antihistimine for Theo. Sundance didn't do well on Benadryl, and we hate giving him prednizone, so when he has an allergy flareup he gets Hydroxyzine, which seems to do the job.
Btw, if you're looking for a doggie dermatologist, Dr. Carlo Vitale is awesome.
Laura, mom of Sundance, CGC
Hmm. Thanks, Laura--I'm going to ask Dr. Gardner about the Hydroxyzine. And I'll probably bring him in to get his anal glands checked, just in case. And thanks for the dermatologist rec--there are a couple supposedly good ones here in town, but Theo's itchies have never been so bad that our vet thought it was necessary to send him to a specialist. (I believe his quote was, "not unusual for a Lab, and would be downright mild for a Golden.")
Dude I pm'd some ideas for you