We are really strugggling with her chewing her feet. She is on pred and weekly vet visits. I try to keep her off grass as much as I can. The top yard has been paved so no grass for these allergy Labs.
Do you think putting some booties on her would help or am I delusional.
Why not try it? It sure can't hurt her and if it helps her that would be awesome.
Maxx & Emma Jean
Ozzy - 10/16/02 - 06/28/11 - Always in my heart.
Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.
Have you tried allergy shots? Some dogs get them monthly, but Bauer does ok with just a few shots during allergy season. Now that it's winter, he is allergy free and completely comfortable. I hope you can find some relief for Tessa.
Debi and Bauer
Some people are like slinkies. Not really good for much, but bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.
I was thinking booties. Zoe is always licking at one paw, so we have a muttluck on that one nearly all day/night.
Linda and Zoë, the Umlaut
I am in the SAME boat! Started giving Tucker Hydroxyzine in addition to Atopica...i also wipe his feet with warm watter a few times a day...it is helping a little...good luck!
My daughters dog gets uncontrollable allergies also. She can only do so much. The bathes help to get the yeast off of Dixie's skin, she give her allergy pills but Dixie still will practically eat herself alive. Emily resorts to the cone of shame and it works. Dixie lived in the Cone of Shame for over 2 months this year.
As for the booties I'm not sure. We walk in the bush and we have grass in the yard, so I don't think it would be practical to use booties and for the most part we've been able to keep the foot issues under control.....not perfect, but not bad either. When it acts up I have a cream that the Vet prescribed and that seems to keep it in check. We've talked about putting her on allergy meds, but so far have managed to avoid that. Allergies are sure frustrating though.
Just to add....We've been rinsing her feet with water after walks (which might help a bit). She doesn't spend much time in the yard....is usually in the house.
Last edited by Top Of The Hill; 12-27-2011 at 04:55 PM.
I've spent a LONG time and a good chunk of money on Kolby's allergies.. We did the VARL blood test for allergies and tried the injections.. Did them for a few months and he just got worse and worse. The only thing that helps him when it gets really bad is steroids.. but that is obviously not something recommended for continued treatment.
I saw a dermatologist vet a few months ago and they gave us a medicated shampoo, hydrocortisone leave-in conditioner and Duoxo spot-on treatments for his feet. In the summer, I bathed him twice a week (especially after any swimming) and did the spot-on treatments as needed. It REALLY helped control his itchies and chewing on his feet. He's also on grain-free dog food which seems to have helped. The formulas with duck as the protein seem to work best for him.