Black lab with allergies

 Was wondering if anybody else dog is allergic to water or something in the water,  she loves being in the water but when she comes out she is just miserable.  Roll and scratch and scratch some more, she has bare spots all over her legs shoulders belly .she seems fine in winter but now she's I the water again scratching all day long.  What's your guys observations.

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Personally, I wouldn't think she is allergic to the water. I think there is a underlying skin allergy of some sort. When she is in the water and comes out, maybe her skin dries out too much because alot of her natural oils are washed off, causing the allergy to seem worse? Just my guess.

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I've got a friend with a lab that has skin allergies.  The vet can help things out but it's an ongoing thing.  Tough to nail down the exact cause but I agree with labman, the water work just shows the allergies a bit more after she get out and dries off.

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Put it down, dogs are too easy to replace to waste $$$ on allergy meds or dealing with ongoing medical issues. I dated a girl who spent $200/month on allergy meds for her dog, drove me nuts, wasnt even a great dog...

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I give my dog Benadryl, it's cheap ($4 at WalMart) and they help with his allergies quite a bit. I'd recommend giving that a try. We give him 1 in the morning and evening with his food. If he starts to flare up, we double that. The vet said that he can take up to 6 per day, but we've never gone that high.

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 6 Benadryl?  Just 1 is enough to put me into a vegetative state.

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My cousins golden retriever has bad allregies to certian foods, plants and what have you. He is on Prednisone and if he's not he loses his hair and gets hot spots, kind of like a rash but it's an open wound. talk to your vet, a change in food or a medicine regiment may be your answer.

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Lycanthrope Said:
Put it down, dogs are too easy to replace to waste $$$ on allergy meds or dealing with ongoing medical issues. I dated a girl who spent $200/month on allergy meds for her dog, drove me nuts, wasnt even a great dog...

That's an interesting solution. So, when you get old and start having some medical issues, would you expect your family to put you down? They may not want to pay for your rogaine or blood pressure medication.  

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Its a dog, not a human. I understand people often become emotionally attached to animals. Im attached to my dog and would miss him terribly if something were to happen to him. That said, if he developed medical conditions that required ongoing treatments or caused him discomfort, I would consider putting him down. Of course this depends on the severity of the condition and the cost or hassle required to deal with it.

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Lycanthrope Said:
Put it down, dogs are too easy to replace to waste $$$ on allergy meds or dealing with ongoing medical issues. I dated a girl who spent $200/month on allergy meds for her dog, drove me nuts, wasnt even a great dog...

That's an interesting solution. So, when you get old and start having some medical issues, would you expect your family to put you down? They may not want to pay for your rogaine or blood pressure medication.  

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Benadryl – is a very good allergy combatant and actually prescribed by our vet … however skin or topographical allergies may require special type of shampoo. I guess if it was me I’d try bathing real good with an over the counter pet soap…if that doesn’t work than see what the Vet recommends.


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yelowjackt Said:

Benadryl – is a very good allergy combatant and actually prescribed by our vet … however skin or topographical allergies may require special type of shampoo. I guess if it was me I’d try bathing real good with an over the counter pet soap…if that doesn’t work than see what the Vet recommends.

Very true, kind of forgot about that, we do have the medicated shampoo from the vet as well and try to give him a bath every other week or so. Also, he doesn't seem affected by Benadryl, I know if I take one I'm out for hours, but it's not the case with him for some reason.

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Lycanthrope Said:
Its a dog, not a human. I understand people often become emotionally attached to animals. Im attached to my dog and would miss him terribly if something were to happen to him. That said, if he developed medical conditions that required ongoing treatments or caused him discomfort, I would consider putting him down. Of course this depends on the severity of the condition and the cost or hassle required to deal with it.

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Lycanthrope Said:
Put it down, dogs are too easy to replace to waste $$$ on allergy meds or dealing with ongoing medical issues. I dated a girl who spent $200/month on allergy meds for her dog, drove me nuts, wasnt even a great dog...

That's an interesting solution. So, when you get old and start having some medical issues, would you expect your family to put you down? They may not want to pay for your rogaine or blood pressure medication.  

Now, that part I agree with. The actions are dependent on the level of discomfort. My last golden retriever had cancer and we couldn't do anything for her. She was the happiest dog in the world until the last week of her life. The day we put her down she could hardly walk, but still got as excited as ever to go for that last walk to the truck. Some pet owners keep their animals around for their own emotional well-being. That, to me, just isn't right if the animal is obviously suffering.

Back to the topic at hand. Definitely try the Benadryl. Start out with half of a pill and slowly work it up to find the proper dosage.

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Try putting Benadryl on his head????

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Have you taken the dog to the vet?? sounds like hot spots some dogs have alot of trouble when in the water alot every day. I HAd a golden that had alot of thyroid trouble and got hot spots when in the  water alot. seh was on prednazone i think alot of dogs have allergys to the dye in some dog food. I have a dog if she gets a mouthful of colored cat food her ears get infected in a few hours. 

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My dogs have allergies and the benadryl helps.  My dogs were allergic to certain dog foods.  Anything with grain in it was bad for them; which equals high priced dog food.  My labs are allergic to grain straw too.  They broke out like they had a bunch of chiggers.  Could be numerous things. 


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huntselk Said:
My dogs have allergies and the benadryl helps.  My dogs were allergic to certain dog foods.  Anything with grain in it was bad for them; which equals high priced dog food.  My labs are allergic to grain straw too.  They broke out like they had a bunch of chiggers.  Could be numerous things. 

Same here, we get him a better dog food that doesn't have chicken or wheat in it as the vet told me those are the 2 most common food allergies for dogs.

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There is generic allergy medication at Sams club that is much cheaper than the name brand stuff, same ingredients, just FYI. I think its a little over $3 for 400 pills.

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I have a cocker that terrible allergies, and there is a Vet in Fargo that will do a allergy test.  It has helped us controlling her sctatching knowing what she was allergic to.