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Paw licking?

All they need is a blood sample for this test, i think all vets should offer that. My bulldog cost me over $12000 in her first 4 years for vet bills, $500 is chump change to me LOL It's not a perfect test, but i found it a good guide especially when choosing the best food. I used to have my bulldog on benadryl or chlortriplon, but it never really helped. Also tried Evening primrose oil supplements, accupuncture and prednizone. Last year, i said wtf and didn't put her on anything. her allergies seemed better, will see how she is this summer...
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    • Someone help. Is paw licking due to allergies or boredom? This is something that doesn't happen a lot AND it has gone on only within the last few months and once again not that often. More information, he only appears to do this when he's relaxing. Thanks in advance.
      • [quote1301206431=Crnosrce1] It could be an allergy, it could be boredom, it could be a "tick" in his personality. Look at his feet between the toes, look for infections, smell the feet, they should smell like popcorn. [/quote1301206431] Thanks Cnosrce1. Popcorn huh?
        • I want to thank everyone that offered advice/information. Update, I inspected Butch today while bathing, no smell OR sores it's just odd that he does this SOMETIMES, for example he began licking RIGHT after the bath. It's really strange he doesn't do it very often and it also happens at strange times. Last night, when I wrote the question it was late, almost midnight and Butch was laying around sleeping off and on then he just started licking his left paw. I'm thinking it's more boredom but he does have red bumps on different parts of his body, American Bulldog what can I say. He IS relatively healthy mentally AND physically though. Thanks again ALL in particular LillaSophie, I'll keep an eye on the paws and will look into the foot bath if necessary, (HOPE is isn't).
          • I also just want to say that I feed Blue Buffalo Salmon Wilderness I believe so he does get a top of the line food. May look into testing for allergies SOON. Thanks again
            • I had an ex years ago who's dog would chew her feet and paw and scratch her face if she got even the smallest bit of chicken.
              • UPDATE, I believe Butch has grass allergies, he's JUST coming out of a bout of the hives.
                • [quote1304137171=babigirl] How large of a dog? Have you given him anything yet? How old exactly is this dog? I know you mentioned its been going on for a couple of months, what state do you live in? Can you correlate it with going outside? Also when did you make the food switch exactly also? [/quote1304137171] Thanks for asking babigirl. Butch'll be 1 NEXT WEEK, he ways (WEIGHS, sorry being an English Teacher I HAD to correct myself, LOL), about 80 pounds and the outbreak was very recent, within the last few weeks. I've been giving Benadryl for about a week and a half and the vet gave some antibiotics just to avoid the hives turning into something else. I live in Idiana right outside of Chicago, the hives broke out recently when I took him to train in a field that I'd never taken him tobefore that's why I feel strongly it's a grass allergy because he's been on the Blue for, I know at least 5-6 months NO problems. There hives have also subsided but he's still a little pink under his fur and still a little smelly, I've also poured cold and cold compress a few days, he's gotten better I'm just going to monitor now. Thanks again.
                  • Thank you tosamama, when I saw the $500.00 price I almost fainted, LOL. His hives have cleared almost completely but I will look into Reactine, not familiar with it though. Isn't it true that not all vets will test for allergies? Thank you again!
                    • [quote1304350112=tosamama] All they need is a blood sample for this test, i think all vets should offer that. My bulldog cost me over $12000 in her first 4 years for vet bills, $500 is chump change to me LOL It's not a perfect test, but i found it a good guide especially when choosing the best food. I used to have my bulldog on benadryl or chlortriplon, but it never really helped. Also tried Evening primrose oil supplements, accupuncture and prednizone. Last year, i said wtf and didn't put her on anything. her allergies seemed better, will see how she is this summer... [/quote1304350112] LOL, saying F*** it helped huh? Very GOOD. I'd like to hear how things DO work out this summer.
                      • [quote1304350193=Igmuska] Usually these RAST and ELISA blood allergy tests are sent out to labs, so most Vets can do this for you. Just a note, most of the blood based allergy tests were developed for humans, therefore there is a high account of false positives. It is a good idea for a general idea of allergenic triggers, but not to be taken definitively. [/quote1304350193] Thank you Igmuska.
                        • [quote1304393747=babigirl] Thanks for the info and- I am Sorry for my delayed responce. I forgot this %$@^ computer at work on Friday! Glad to hear the dog is clearing up. Have you then kept it off of grass since then? One thing I wanted to mention is it also could be a Different type of plant that was in that field that set him off... [/quote1304393747] Thank you babigirl, I did mention that to the vet because it was an outbreak out of nowhere and it was after training him in an area that I've never trained him in. My thoughts also that it may have come from the change of the grassy area. Heres hoping that we've caught it, he's cleared up but he IS pink underneath in certain areas, but has finished his antibiotics and he does return to the vet on Saturday. Fingers CROSSED.
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                          All they need is a blood sample for this test, i think all vets should offer that. My bulldog cost me over $12000 in her first 4 years for vet bills, $500 is chump change to me LOL It's not a perfect test, but i found it a good guide especially when choosing the best food. I used to have my bulldog on benadryl or chlortriplon, but it never really helped. Also tried Evening primrose oil supplements, accupuncture and prednizone. Last year, i said wtf and didn't put her on anything. her allergies seemed better, will see how she is this summer...
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