Thursday, March 31, 2011

My Human Takes Matters into Her Own Hands!


Hi Y’all,

Fed up with the vets constantly giving me antibiotics.  Fed up with my suffering with chronic ear infections and anal gland problems, Momma decided, once my kidney problem was resolved to change my regimen.  I was really happy about that…hoping that meant she’d leave my ears alone. 

She had to decide what to continue. 

She didn’t like my food.  It had very poor nutritional value.  Temporarily she’d keep feeding it to me because I didn’t break out on it.

Second, she’d keep me on the allergy shots, which I now get once a month. 

Third, she’d keep giving me 2 Omega 3 capsules a day, since that was good for my coat and the itching.

Fourth, she’d keep using the baby wipes on me when I come in from outside.

Now for the changes she made.

First, she went to the drugstore and purchased Benadryl spray.  She still uses it when I have a breakout.  She sprays it twice a day on my sores and they clear up in a few days.  It doesn’t get absorbed like the pills, so it doesn’t make me sleep all the time. 

Second, she replaced the Benadryl pills with Generic Loratadine, 10mgIt is the same drug as the brand name Claritin.  It is or was experimental in dogs.  I take it once a day, increasing to twice daily during peak pollen seasons.  (Remember, I am a 100 lb. retriever.  If your dog has allergies, don’t try any medication, especially an experimental one, without consulting with your vet on dosage.) 

Third, she added a teaspoon of local honey to my diet.  The Humans were taking a teaspoon of local honey for their allergies.  Honey is pollen. It must be unprocessed honey from your locale. Because that is the way it works, I have different honey here at the shore.  I like the sourwood honey in the mountains.  This is a holistic remedy.

Fourth, she took me off of Frontline and the heartworm tablets and put me on MultiAdvantage which she got from our new mountain vet.  This is a topical heartworm treatment in addition to flea treatment.

Fifth, the bathes had to go.  She changed shampoos to Sulfodene Medicated. She bathes me after I have been swimming.  Otherwise, no bathes, just a good brushing twice a week, more when I’m shedding heavily.

Finally, she wasn’t keen on forcing another pill down my throat so she added a teaspoon of DanActive yogurt to my diet.  This was to replace the good bacteria in my system that all the antibiotics had destroyed.  She watched me closely for breakouts. I’ve been on yogurt now for about a year with no bad side effects. 

Unfortunately, this wasn’t to be the end of my saga.  I wasn’t to live happily ever after, yet.

Tomorrow I’ll tell you what happened.







  1. I can't imagine living with those kinds of allergies. You don't look so hot in those pictures, Hawkeye. I hope you were able to find a solution. It looks so painful. I hurt just looking at those pics of you. :(

  2. Sounds like you are on the right least we hope so.

    We give Thunder Fish Oil tablets for his coat and also as an arthritis preventative. He doesn't have arthritis, but we were at a seminar given by a vet and she discussed the benefits of fish oil to joint health. Since he is such a big boy we figured...couldn't hurt.

    I had never heard about honey for allergies. Now I have.

    The 2 brown dawgs have never had an actual But we do rinse them well with plain water after they have been swimming.

  3. We are sorry about all of the alergies. Our cousin, Emma, has started showing some symptoms. We are reading with interest hoping there is something we can find to help her. So far the pills she has are largely ineffective. But she does not have anything as bad as you have.

    Mogley G. Retriever

  4. Good to your momma for taking charge!


  5. We are so sorry to hear about all of your allergies!
    Good luck :)


  6. Man, this story never ends! I'm glad you aren't on Benadryl anymore!

  7. Poor pup! So sorry to hear about your troubles. We'll be tuning in tomorrow to hear what happened, but it sounds like your mom is on the right track.

  8. Hi there! Just found you and glad I did. Please keep us posted on the results of your mom's new plan for you - allergies are the pits! Please check us out if you get a chance:

  9. Hawk, sounds like your people have things well in hand. Sometimes it takes a while to figure out the best course of action when dealing with you non-speaking types. looking forward to tomorrow's installment.

  10. I, too, am looking forward to your next post. Allergies are NO fun--at least that's what my Mom and Dad say. Mom has used acupuncture to help hers and she had an one when they lived in Denver who treated dogs. Crazy, huh?

  11. OMD Hawkeye! You've been through it and so has your human. No one can say she isn't tenatious!!! She sure loves you a lot. Looking forward to the next installment!!

    -Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

  12. I am stunned at all you've gone through on this allergy journey so far, Hawkeye. And I'm in awe of your momma for all of the hard work she's put in fine-tuning the regiment. Two paws way up to both of you! Looking forward to reading the rest of this series!

    -Chandra at Daley's Dog Years