||[Aug. 26th, 2005|05:17 pm]
The Question Club
I'm really running out of ideas here, and I'm getting desperate. My beagle has terrible allergies (we're pretty sure it's ragweed). Anyhow, it's this time every year, and it seems to get slightly worse each year. She eats a very good diet and is healthy in every other way.|
Anyhow, her skin is very red and itchy. She scratches a LOT... and while we can keep her from scratching while we're home, we can't while we're at work. The last few nights have been especially bad, and she'd wake us up with her itching (I put socks on her paws, haha).
What can I do to help her? I'm not taking her to the vet like I did the last two years. The vet just gave her a shot that wore off in a couple of days, and then just told me to come back in for more shots. I'm not paying $30 every time for something that isn't working. Anyhow, she takes all-natural herbal allergy pills ("Aller'g Free" from the Holistic Animal Care line by Azmira, if that matters). She also takes nettle. For the discomfort, I have been applying chamomile tea to her skin (brewed and then chilled), and applying a cut/burn/scrape ointment to the really bad spots. The redness is primarily on the lower half of her body (belly, "arm pits," and parts of her legs). We're buying some Benadryl for her tonight, in hopes that it will help (dogs can take Benadryl in smaller amounts).
Any ideas what else I can do? I probably just have to wait out the allergies, but my poor dog is miserable, so any home remedies or ideas for things that will soothe her and make her more comfortable would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks so much!
(cross-posted to beagles)