Dog Skin Allergies, Hives and Redness
by Tanya B.
After my dog Bruno's 3rd set of vaccinations, which included a new shot for Lyme disease, he broke out in hives. I took him back into the vet and was told to give him Benadryl.
They still weren't going away a few days later so we went back in and got a steroid shot which cleared them up for a few days and then they came right back.
After having them for a week or so they started to look really infected and crusty, so in to the vet we went. I was told he had acquired a bacterial infection and was again given antibiotics and an ointment to clear up the bacteria. Which it did, but it did nothing to help with the hives.
They have gotten progressively worse. They started out only on his hind legs and now they're all over his belly and front armpits, and along with the hives his skin gets bright red.
Some mornings it seems like they are clearing up but then we go outside and they flare back up. So with this happening I'm assuming he is allergic to something outside, but I don't want my dog to be drugged his whole life and end up getting even sicker from the medications they will put him on. But I also don't want to shelter him and drive him mad with boredom. I want him to be able to enjoy life and be healthy and happy!
It doesn't seem like his hives make him super uncomfortable but he does get really itchy and he bites at his legs once in a while.
I started using lavender oil diluted with coconut oil and that seems to help. I also bought a product from a local pet health store called Septiderm-v by NaturVet and using that in conjunction.
He eats Blue Buffalo puppy formula, and I have recently started adding coconut oil and fish oil to his food.
I have stayed up for hours and hours reading things on the Internet and trying to find a natural solution to these stupid allergies. I believe in holistic health so I don't believe that this has to be a life long struggle. I want to find the cure for him. And I will not give up.
Bruno is a 4 month old male Boston Terrier. I got him at 8 weeks old from a breeder and he was a healthy puppy besides a minor cold that was treated with antibiotics.
I look forward to hearing from you soon and I sincerely appreciate what you do.
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