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    • calicocat
    • By calicocat 8th May 18, 3:50 PM
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    Friends dog has pollen and grass allergy , any advice or experience of this?
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    • 8th May 18, 3:50 PM
    Friends dog has pollen and grass allergy , any advice or experience of this? 8th May 18 at 3:50 PM
    Pretty much what title says. Poor dog is itching all the time. To the point where skin is being broken .

    Anyone got this with their dog or any advice ?
    Yep...still at it, working out how to retire early........ Going to have to rethink that scenario as have been screwed over by the company. A work in progress.
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    • donnac2558
    • By donnac2558 8th May 18, 5:11 PM
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    Hasn't the vet prescribed steroids?
    • Paradigm
    • By Paradigm 8th May 18, 5:17 PM
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    Has the dog been properly diagnosed with allergies?


    If so you can try a anti-histamine such as Piriton, cheap to buy from a chemist but you must get the correct dosage from the vet.
    Always try to be at least half the person your dog thinks you are!
    • calicocat
    • By calicocat 8th May 18, 10:55 PM
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    • 8th May 18, 10:55 PM
    Hasn't the vet prescribed steroids?
    Originally posted by donnac2558
    Yes, he has those.
    Yep...still at it, working out how to retire early........ Going to have to rethink that scenario as have been screwed over by the company. A work in progress.
    • calicocat
    • By calicocat 8th May 18, 10:57 PM
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    • 8th May 18, 10:57 PM
    Has the dog been properly diagnosed with allergies?


    If so you can try a anti-histamine such as Piriton, cheap to buy from a chemist but you must get the correct dosage from the vet.
    Originally posted by Paradigm
    Yes been diagnosed properly. Will mention that thanks, but presume vet will have mentioned it ?.

    Poor thing is ripping his skin off. Has his nails filed regularly to keep harm to a minimum.
    Yep...still at it, working out how to retire early........ Going to have to rethink that scenario as have been screwed over by the company. A work in progress.
    • calicocat
    • By calicocat 8th May 18, 11:03 PM
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    Thanks for replies.
    Yep...still at it, working out how to retire early........ Going to have to rethink that scenario as have been screwed over by the company. A work in progress.
    • elsien
    • By elsien 8th May 18, 11:10 PM
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    Is it more the feet or all over?
    Is she wiping the dog down afte being outside - it's a faff but it can help.
    Have other allergies such as food allergies also been ruled out?
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    • AylesburyDuck
    • By AylesburyDuck 9th May 18, 1:46 PM
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    Boots for his feet on grass, some dogs, especially white dogs have bad grass allergies, also maybe consider changing his food to something for skin allergies to help reduce inflammation.

    https://www.fish4dogs.com/why-fish/coat-condition.aspx

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Petacc-Waterproof-Boots-Protectors-Nonslip/dp/B075CLQXL5/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1525869937&sr=8-2&keywords=boots+for+dogs+feet
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    • donnac2558
    • By donnac2558 9th May 18, 4:42 PM
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    • 9th May 18, 4:42 PM
    A friend's dog had allergies to grass. Everytime out walking had to have his paws washed. She used one for babies and dried well afterwards. Along with the tablets from the vet. He became blind with age so no running on grass and she no longer had to do it.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 9th May 18, 5:21 PM
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    All grasses are different, it might be that your friend needs to become an "expert" in grass types and take the dog to many locations with different grasses to find one that doesn't bother the dog ... although most/all of them might.

    Additionally, there are other flowery type things that might be present that are causing the issue.

    Your friend could try, for free, just being a "grass and flower spotter" and write down where the dog's been and what happens.

    That could, of course, take over a year to find a different grass, without other stuff, that the dog's not allergic to... but it is very MSE as it's free and "worth a go", although a lot of learning/effort.

    It might turn out, say, that it's just the grass on the left hand side of wherever she walks the dog .... and by turning the other way that grass isn't present and it's an easy fix, spotted early on in the grass-expert days.
    • calicocat
    • By calicocat 9th May 18, 6:25 PM
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    Is it more the feet or all over?
    Is she wiping the dog down afte being outside - it's a faff but it can help.
    Have other allergies such as food allergies also been ruled out?
    Originally posted by elsien
    Itís all the dogs underbelly. Not sure if heís doing that . Will tell him to.
    Heís seen a vet, so I assume the vet has done tests. Itís only in the summer, so not food.
    Yep...still at it, working out how to retire early........ Going to have to rethink that scenario as have been screwed over by the company. A work in progress.
    • calicocat
    • By calicocat 9th May 18, 6:33 PM
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    He has tried putting a t-shirt on him for walks, but apparently wouldnít tolerate it.
    Heís a springer cocker cross, so quite short and belly in contact with grass most of time.

    If it was me iíd be walking him on the road for a while to see if itís the actual grass contact or pollen in the air .

    He probably doesnít wash him down on return home as will be wizzing off to work, have told him he should be doing this, and given him a link to a dog paddling pool which may help cool him down.

    Thanks for replies.
    Yep...still at it, working out how to retire early........ Going to have to rethink that scenario as have been screwed over by the company. A work in progress.
    • Hjgoldengal
    • By Hjgoldengal 9th May 18, 7:16 PM
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    You can get dog costs made of cooling hypo allergenic fabric (a bit like a cooling pad sort) that you dampen and put on the dog to keep them cool.

    Dogs can get a bumpy sweat rash on their tummies and around leg folds from sweat and pollen, ours gets it occasionally. We find wiping him over with a damp towel left by the door helps him not carry pollen in with him. Drying his belly really helps, and a cheap dog friendly shampoo containing tea tree oil helps if he gets s bit spotty. Think about how you'd care for a babies skin if it gets nappy rash, keep it clean, dry and don't put lots of creams and scented products on.

    If your friend is walking the dog and immediately leaving the house when they get back, the dog might have associated the itch sore tummy and anxiety at your friend leaving, which might be making the dog scratch itself. We use the rubber Kong treat dispensers filled with kibble and natural yogurt, stick it in the freezer and then give to the dog as you leave. Dog learns that walk = nice towel off, strokes, yummy treat and not = being left alone and itchy.
    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 9th May 18, 7:25 PM
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    My dog had an allergy to cat's fleas, and as this is the time of year when they are most active it could be worth double-checking with the vet that this might be a factor as well?
    • calicocat
    • By calicocat 9th May 18, 7:58 PM
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    I donít think itís anxiety related or it would be all year round, and vet has diagnosed grass/pollen allergy.

    Dog doesnít have anything to do with cats, and happens when heís been out in grass, but anything is worth looking at.
    Yep...still at it, working out how to retire early........ Going to have to rethink that scenario as have been screwed over by the company. A work in progress.
    • Lavendyr
    • By Lavendyr 9th May 18, 11:43 PM
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    Just to add that steroids are not a long term solution for dogs...they are not tolerant of them. So it is important to identify the source of the allergy.
    • UKTigerlily
    • By UKTigerlily 10th May 18, 1:16 AM
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    Have you tried allergy testing to know exactly what it is, and then desensitisation? My cat is in the same position!
    • calicocat
    • By calicocat 10th May 18, 11:01 AM
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    Have you tried allergy testing to know exactly what it is, and then desensitisation? My cat is in the same position!
    Originally posted by UKTigerlily
    Not sure exactly what tests the vet has done, will ask him Saturday when I see him.
    Washing him down after a walk seems a logical thing to do though for a start.
    Yep...still at it, working out how to retire early........ Going to have to rethink that scenario as have been screwed over by the company. A work in progress.
    • puppypants
    • By puppypants 29th May 18, 5:51 PM
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    My granddaughter has a JRT who scratches like mad this time of year. In the evening, she slathers her with cream and puts her in a newborn's babygro. Works well as she can't damage the skin through the fabric. x
    • Lioness Twinkletoes
    • By Lioness Twinkletoes 6th Jun 18, 10:01 AM
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    My dog also has a grass allergy, it makes her break out in 'hot spots' which are vicious red sore areas on her tummy, legs and chest. To combat it, I avoid walking her in long grass (she also has short legs) and give her anti histamines twice a day (does not need to be expensive Piriton, anything containing ceterizine will work) and she gets bathed frequently in Malaseb (or equivalent). When she has a bad break out, she goes to the vets and gets steriods. Some summers she's had to visit the vet three or four times. Last year, it was only once.
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