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I too have a little Shih Tzu. What great dogs they are. Yes, this could be an allergy. In fact, what you described sounds very much like an allergy. Of course, I cannot tell for sure as I cannot see him. It is possible for him to suddenly have an allergic reaction to something that he has been eating without any problem for years. Of course, it could be something in his environment. Like people, they can be allergic to many, many things. A soothing bath in a medicated and/or oatmeal shampoo might help. If this continues to be a problem, your veterinarian can prescribe something for him to take when he is having a problem. Hope this helps a bit.
Hmmm...Im not sure that I like the alcohol either, as it does sting, and it tends to dry out the skin and hair. However I do like the aloe vera etc that is in it. Is it just to put on a specific lesion, or to put all over the body. If it is to put on a certain area, I think that would be ok....just don't put it all over. You might want to get a medicated, hypoallergenic shampoo to keep for times like this when he is having a problem.
Peanut butter is ok for dogs. Of course it is possible that he is allergic to the peanuts. I am suspicious of that because he started itching after he ate the peanut butter. And you need to be careful about ham. Make sure all of the fat is off before you give him any ham. At his age, he should not be eating a lot of fatty foods. Thank you so much. I hope I am being helpful to you.
Good morning Rev. Barry,
Wow, Bear sounds like a wonderful little pet and a great companion. My little Shih Tzu is 13 now and she too has been a joy to me all these years. They are so much company. I am glad that the panting has slowed down and the itching has stopped. You might want to call your vet's office and ask them about something to keep at home to give him when he is upset by noise or when the he has an itching episode. Thank you very much for telling me about his vole searches and his great times with you. LOL he sounds like a real clown. Hope yall have a wonderful new year, and I wish you all the best
Thank you Rev. Barry..It has been a pleasure for me to make you acquaintance. I won't be able to call you as it is totally against the rules. Sorry. Thanks for your stories about Bear and I feel that I have made friends in both of you.