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dogs: poison ivy..orion has been scratching his elbows a lot..habit

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can my dogs have poison ivy and what should i do? I have a bishon cocker spaniel mix, ALEXANDER, and a st benard, ORION. Orion has been scratching his elbows a lot, I thought at first since he is still a pup (both are 8 mo)it was a weird habit, Ive only had him for 2 weeks now. I took him in from Alex's groomer/vet because the vet said he knows Ill be able to give him more attention and I have a bigger house. I live in more of a college town (I am a student) but there are wooded areas like in my back yard where posion ivy grows. Orion lied in the city before. I don't know if it really is posion ivy becaus I myself am immune to it and never had it. Today I noticed Alex was biting at his arms a little which I have never see him do before. I called Orions dad, the vet, and asked him what I should do... he told me to give them benedryl capsules and cortizone cream b/c they can ingest it. It seemed to help for a while, but Orion began to itch again after about 4-5 hours. DO you think it is poision ivy? how long will it last and what else can I do?

Dogs cannot get poison ivy like people do. They just are not allergic to it.

Allergies are pretty common, especially in some breeds and this sounds more like what you are facing.

There are some simple things you can do if your dog might be suffering from allergies.

I would talk with the vet about a different low allergy diet, one that will have the least reaction.

You should also get her on a flea preventative if she is not already. Even if you don't see fleas, it only takes one to get the cycle started. Some dogs are highly allergic to flea bites.

I would also use a prescribed dose of benadryl, especially during allergy season. My vet recommends 1 mg per lb of body weight given every 8-12 hours.

Keep in mind that dogs can have allergies to pollen, dust and other household allergens so you should evaluate your home and try to make it as allergy free as you possibly can for her.

It sounds like the dog might also have a secondary bacterial or fungal infection. This is usually secondary to allergies and itching. This means that the secondary problem is caused by the primary.

When dogs scratch, they abrade the skin and allow bacterial and funguses to enter the skin. The result is a bacterial or fungal infection.

You need to see the vet so that they can get a culture and tell you what kind of treatment is necessary.

While you are there, you should also speak with the vet about a supplement that has omega three fatty acids. Good skin starts from the inside out and this can be very beneficial.

Let me know if you still have specific questions about this.

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Reply to Tammy Falkner's Post: Orion was given to me by a vet and he goes up there once a week to see his father(the vet) He has had all his up to date flea medications and has been checked for health things/ a physical. the vet said he really does think it is an irritation from the poison ivy, so I am giving him Benydrl and rubbing Cortizone on his skin. It seems to be working!!!

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