Dog

Get Your Dog Care Questions Answered by Experts

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Dog
This answer was rated:

I have a Bichon Frise (9 yr old) and a 5 yr Old Golden Ret.

Both have been scratching some...
I have a Bichon Frise (9 yr old) and a 5 yr Old Golden Ret. Both have been scratching some and licking their feet for a good while (3-4 months) off and on. The Bichon will pull out bites of his hair in one spot from time to time. I feed them both Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain-Free Recipe for Dogs, Adult Chicken Recipe Grain Free. They seem to love the food been eating it 3 years. I was hoping that by adding some DINOVITE to the mix that it would help the licking and such but it seem to make the Bichon go Crazy Licking and biting at himself. We D/C the Dinovite in the food and have been giving them both Benadryl for itching. Last night we had to put a cone on the bichon he got to biting at himself so much. He gets a bath every 6 weeks at Groomers I bathed him myself last night to try to give him some relief but it did not seem to help. I
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Question
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
In addition the Golden does not willingly let you cut his nails we have to put a muzzle on him at the vet and he still fights us to hold him down is there like Dog Valium for stressful times such as this?? Thanks
Answered in 17 minutes by:
9/19/2017
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 9,414
Experience: 15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue
Verified

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Ask Your Own Dog Question

How much does each dog weigh?

How much Benadryl is being given to each dog and how often?

Have any other medications been tried?

Does the golden have nails trimmed at home or at the vet's office?

Ask Your Own Dog Question
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Also I have an employee that has 12 cats (That is a lot of cats) and my dogs go to work with me daily, is there any way that they could have got something from her bringing it in on her shoes/cloth. She has had some flea problems in the past few months. MY dogs are on Trifexis .

Did the questions post above?

Ask Your Own Dog Question
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Max is 20 pounds and we give him 1 (25 mg) Benadryl about 2-3 times a day if needed (scratching) The Golden is 80 pounds and we give him 2 (25 mg) Benadryl about 2-3 times a day if needed. No other medications for the itching other than the Dinovite and he gets his nails trimmed at Vet but I was hoping to do it myself
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
the Questions did post

Starting at the top:

Allergies:
You can give 1-2mg/pound of body weight of Benadryl every 8-12 hours as needed for itching. If this has not helped either dog, go up to the max dose and frequency. I have found that other antihistamines work better than Benadryl, such as Zyrtec. You can find dosing info here: http://www.aahneenah.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/antihistamines_dogs.pdf If the itching persists, you'll need to see your vet for medication to help with seasonal allergies (the most likely cause of scratching and licking their feet). Other medications to try could include atopica, apoquel or cytopoint.

Nail trims at home:
Most dogs who fight the vet will fight even worse at home. Your vet can prescribe medication to help calm Hunter for nail trims but this is going to take the edge off of the behavior. It won't have him laying out asleep on the floor for nail trims. Medications your vet may recommend would be acepromazine, alprazolam, etc.

Employee's cats:
Your employee could certainly bring fleas from home on their clothing, though the risk is rather low. Your dogs would be at a similar risk of flea encounters by going outside to potty or coming to work. Trifexis should help to decrease the risk of flea bites and the licking of the feet highly suggests this is a seasonal allergy and not flea-based. Those types of allergies usually involve licking at the base of the spine, right above the tail where fleas tend to congregate. Body-wide scratching can occur with flea allergy dermatitis or with seasonal allergies.

I hope this information has been helpful. I will be standing by if you have other questions. Let me know if I can help further. Also, before signing off today, please take the time to use the star rating system at the top of the page to leave a rating for me. A 5-star rating is appreciated as top notch answers are my focus. If you feel you have received anything less, please reply so that I may help until you’ve received the assistance you need. Until you issue a rating, the website will not compensate me for helping you. You will still be able to chat with me even after issuing a rating at no further charge on this thread.

I will also check in with you over the next few days to be sure you don’t need any additional assistance. If you would like to request me in the future for pet-related questions, you can do so by accessing this page: http://www.justanswer.com/pet/expert-pitrottmommy/?rpt=3800

Ask Your Own Dog Question
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
They both pull themselves forward with front paws while sitting (scratching their butts) this is both dogs and this is maybe 1-2 times a day I see it

If they're dragging their anus on the carpet or ground this is an indication that their anal glands need to be expressed. I would ask the groomer they see if they express anal glands internally. If not, your vet will need to express them when you see the behavior.

Ask Your Own Dog Question
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
with Max how much could we give him max dose so he might get some sleep tonight as well as us. if He was 25 pounds I can see it being 2 - 25 mg pills but since he is 20 pounds is it need to be 1 and 1/2 ?

1.5 would be perfectly fine. If you have the capsules, giving 50mg shouldn't hurt.

Ask Your Own Dog Question
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Our Vet Did Hunters last visit (anal glands) and he stopped doing it after that but has started some again.

Many dogs need them expressed every 4-6 weeks. When they're dragging, they need to be expressed again. I'd plan to visit your vet monthly for this if your groomer doesn't express them internally. This should prevent them from becoming impacted and abscessing, it should also decrease his discomfort with them being full and minimize you seeing the scooting behavior.

Ask Your Own Dog Question
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Thanks for you help one last question is spraying Benadryl spray on the spots max seems to try to bite at a good or bad idea?

Sprays can contain zinc, which can be toxic to dogs. I would not recommend doing this. I would use only sprays approved for usage in dogs and be sure that none comes in contact with the mouth, so an e-collar needs to be used.

PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 9,414
Experience: 15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue
Verified
PitRottMommy and 87 other Dog Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Thanks for your help have a great night.
Ask PitRottMommy Your Own Question
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 9,414
9,414 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue

PitRottMommy is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets!

LinhCharleston, WV

$1,000 spent at his vet, and I finally get the correct diagnosis from Nancy Holmes for $15

CarolCedar Hill, MO

I think this is the greatest web site in the world. Thanks to all!

JudyNew Haven, CT

I have referred several friends to your web site. I'm impressed with how easy it is to use your site, the Experts available and the quickness of answers.

NinaUSA

I am completely pleased with the quick response that I received in our time of need for our dog, Jasmine. I couldn't believe how quick the response was and I thank you. It's good to know you're there!!

Jasmine's MomUSA

Please let everyone involved with your site know that your Expert, Dr. Lucy, has saved my dog's life. I will recommend your site to all my pet loving friends. Thank you again for simply being there!

Sonya GEasley, SC

Last night my Expert spent close to 3 hours working with me on my dog's illness. Thank you so much for this opportunity to share in her care and knowledge!

Cathie MPompano Beach, FL

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

3,028 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ

Joan

Joan

Vet Tech

5,222 satisfied customers

Vet Tech for over 35+ years working w/Dogs/Rescues

Candy

Candy

Veterinary Technician

7,971 satisfied customers

Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Small Animal Veterinarian.

5,063 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

4,891 satisfied customers

UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management

Theresa

Theresa

A Voice for Your Pet

4,705 satisfied customers

19+ years experience in small animal medicine

Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew

Veterinarian

3,290 satisfied customers

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Questions
I share my food with my poodle steak... which was seasoned
I share my food with my poodle steak... which was seasoned with garlic the other day. She hasn't been herself. I gave her some milk. She vomited and has moving around more but what else can I do… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
9,414 satisfied customers
He at a tube of old model glue, so I gave him peroxide to
He at a tube of old model glue, so I gave him peroxide to make him puke but he won't puke. … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
9,414 satisfied customers
My 8 pound mini dachshund ate a beef jerky treat last night
My 8 pound mini dachshund ate a beef jerky treat last night and she seemed to have trouble and hacked and coughed but did not throw up. I took her to the vet this am and they saw nothing in her throat… read more
Dr. Andy
Dr. Andy
Medical Director
Doctoral Degree
4,891 satisfied customers
My 80 or so pound lab might have eaten a single infernal we
My 80 or so pound lab might have eaten a single infernal we 120mg and a single peri-colace and I was looking for advice … read more
divealot1
divealot1
DVM
6 satisfied customers
Vomating and shivering. Bologna. Black 4 year old Shorky.
Ate bologna last night. Been sick and lethargic all day… read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,376 satisfied customers
I have/had a litter of 5 chihuahua puppies, two of which
I have/had a litter of 5 chihuahua puppies, two of which have died at 8 weeks of age. The symptoms prior to death were respiratory distress and anemia and a temp of 96F.. No vomiting, no diarrhea, no … read more
NancyH
NancyH
Pet/Animal Care Expert
Bachelor Degree
19,712 satisfied customers
My 14 year old female basset hound has become very lethargic
My 14 year old female basset hound has become very lethargic within the past 3-4 hours; her breathing has become rapid, she is panting, trembling and losing hair-normally a sign of stress....no recent… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
9,414 satisfied customers
My French bulldog has red raised lumps in a lot of areas, he
Hi my French bulldog has red raised lumps in a lot of areas, he is losing some hair and his skin is turning black around his ears, face and backside … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
9,414 satisfied customers
Oliver is a 4 year old dachshund. He udually has a good
Hi. Oliver is a 4 year old dachshund. He udually has a good appetite (spoiled a bit---only eats human food and good dog treats). He's not overweight. He's been shaking like a vibratory. His insides ar… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
9,414 satisfied customers
He ate 60 Gaviscon tabs. He broke into a full bottle. He
He ate 60 Gaviscon tabs. He broke into a full bottle. He weighs 130 lbs and is 3 years old … read more
Dr. Beth
Dr. Beth
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
172 satisfied customers
My little Pomeranian ate last week a different dry food at
Hello , my little Pomeranian ate last week a different dry food at my neighbor house , after 24 hours she started to poop a lot than suddenly it turned to black color with blood , and she had fever . … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
9,414 satisfied customers
I have a 7 month old German Shepherd about 55 lb that may
I have a 7 month old German Shepherd about 55 lb that may have taken some Fluoxetine … read more
Dr. Deb
Dr. Deb
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
556 satisfied customers
I have a 9 year old male redbone Coonhound. He has loss
I have a 9 year old male redbone Coonhound. He has loss noticeable weight but still eats very well. He has been throwing up a yellowish liquid substance (it's never solid foods). He also has had water… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
9,414 satisfied customers
My 5 year old toy poodle keeps bight great his paws,
My 5 year old toy poodle keeps bight great his paws, scratching and he is driving himself and me crazy … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
9,414 satisfied customers
My dog has been yelping every now and then when you pick him
Hi, my dog has been yelping every now and then when you pick him up especially when touch him by the back end of his rib cage. Otherwise he was fine. Since yesterday he cries out when he moves, when h… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
She ate 4 to 5 omperazole capsules. Any where from 1 yo 3
She ate 4 to 5 omperazole capsules. Any where from 1 yo 3 hours ago. She is acting normal for her … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
The past few days my cockapoo has been limping and licking
Hi the past few days my cockapoo has been limping and licking herself. I haven't found anything wrong … read more
Dr. Gabby
Dr. Gabby
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
4,408 satisfied customers
Mi puppy is 7 weeks old and he has been going through a lot
Hi mi puppy is 7 weeks old and he has been going through a lot lately...last week he was boten by my other dog over a bone and the bite wound ‘‘twas a reason to take him to the hospital to make sure i… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
9,414 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x