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My dog is acting oddly. He is clawing at the carpet and outside

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My dog is acting oddly. He is clawing at the carpet and outside in the dirt like he is trying to dig to China. He has never done this before. He also has two patches on his back that seem to break out in a sweat. I dry him off, but a minute later the same two spots are wet. He tries to bite it and acts like something is crawling on him. He threw up twice early this morning. I found it later and it was clear. Is he having an allergic reaction to something or has he been poisoned?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 5 years ago.

What type of flea drops did you use?

How much Benadryl did you give and how much does he weigh?

Was it plain Benadryl?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
He weighs 25 lbs. I used Sergeants gold flea drops. I gave him a 10 mg suphedrine tablet. He woke up, drank some water. He's no sweating on his back, but still was trying to scratch his back. He was very restless, but is now laying on my lap calmly. Could he have worms? Would he feel them?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
He weighs 25 lbs. I used Sergeants gold flea drops. I gave him a 10 mg suphedrine tablet. He woke up, drank some water. He's not sweating on his back, but still was trying to scratch his back. He was very restless, but is now laying on my lap calmly. Could he have worms? Would he feel them?
Expert:  NancyH replied 5 years ago.

Pseudophedrine is not particularly safe to use in dogs without direct vet supervision so please don't give him more of that. You can read about this here

http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/pseudoephedrine/page1.aspx

Unfortunately Seargents flea drops are extremely toxic and many dogs react badly to getting more than one dose of them over time.

This is just one of many sites discussing the bad side effects seen in some dogs

http://www.hartzvictims.org/2008/09/24/beware-of-sergeants-gold-flea-treatment/

And you can see the letter about testing done by the EPA on reactions to this product here

http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/foia/reviews/129013/129013-2005-06-27a.pdf

This product for dogs contains cyphenothrin and some animals are sensitive to it.

You may want to wash your dog off in a mild dog shampoo that has no insecticides in it or you might try in a pinch Blue Dawn dish detergent or Murphy's Oils soap just rinse really really well no matter what you use.

Another suggestion is to keep the dog in a dim quiet room to help reduce stimulation.

If you want to use an antihistamine with a dog Benadryl is a typical one used.

You can read about it here

http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/diphenhydramine-benadryl/page1.aspx

If your dog gets worse I'd consider seeing an emergency vet with him.

I do not think this is worms I think its the flea product you used.

Hope this helps you!

 

 

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