How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Doc Sara Your Own Question
Doc Sara
Doc Sara, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 952
Experience:  I am a dog and cat veterinarian with a lifetime of experience in our family veterinary hospital.
23511967
Type Your Dog Question Here...
Doc Sara is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My dog has been scratching her face on the ground couple of

Customer Question

My dog has been scratching her face on the ground for a couple of weeks it had scabbed but this morning I found blood everywhere . She wont let me touch her. She has allergies I tried drugs and shots neither really helped. She also has difficulty walking the past few days I have a vet appointment in 2 days. But I don't know what do for her now. She is uncomfortable and crying. Can you advise
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 1 year ago.

Good morning, I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with dogs and cats. I'm sorry to hear that Sable's allergies are causing her such discomfort :( I know it's frustrating when nothing seems to help!

Sometimes when I have pets who I know have chronic issues like that and they're suffering, I'll prescribe a course of steroids to get them through until their appointment - it's worth checking with your vet to see if they can do the same. I always still want to examine them, but I'm aware that sometimes the symptoms are so bad, they really need relief ASAP.

For my patients who have allergy and aren't taking any other medications, I use a dose of 1mg per pound of benadryl up to every 8 hours as needed for itching. I'll also sometimes have my clients try a 10mg loratidine (claritin) up to every 24 hours. NOTE - I DO NOT use Claritin-D, as this can be toxic.

Cool compresses can also help calm down a "hot spot", as well as clipping the hair away from the affected area. I know that this can be difficult depending on how sensitive she is. I also have a lot of clients who have used this vetericyn spray that they found in the pet store and felt that it helped: http://www.amazon.com/Vetericyn-Plus-Canine-Hot-Spot/dp/B00425FVEE/ref=sr_1_3?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1441802553&sr=1-3&keywords=hot+spot+spray

I can give you lots more information about how I manage chronic allergies in a broader sense as well if you'd like - just let me know :)

Please let me know what other questions I can handle for you - we can continue our chat until I've covered them all.

~Dr. Sara

Expert:  Doc Sara replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Sable. How is everything going?
Doc Sara