|Athena shaking as she awaits her turn to see the vet|
On occasion, Athena will break out in little red bumps on her belly if she eats something that she's not suppose to (we are thinkin' she's allergic to white potatoes, possibly chicken, grass, and who knows what else). Every time that Athena gets the little red bumps, they just go away on their own after about a week. Well, a month ago Athena got the usual little red bumps after eating one too many chicken treats at the Doggie Dash. However, we noticed that the bumps weren't going away and some were getting bigger. Most recently we noticed that Athena had little scabs all over her body (mostly around her tail, backs of her legs, and her tummy, but a few popped up on her chest and even a gigantic one on her head). I thought she could have fleas, but we didn't find any and still thought it strange that her belly bumps weren't clearing up.
|The event that caused the bumps...|
Now, you're probably thinking that we're horrible dog parents for letting the situation get that far (we're talking about three weeks of bumps and then scabs). Well, we already had a vet visit scheduled for the end of June to get vaccines, so we thought that we might be able to wait it out seeing as Athena really didn't seem bothered by the belly bumps or the scabs. Things got worse over the weekend, however, and Athena developed new belly bumps with puss. We knew that we needed to get it looked at right away.
After three of us pulled a shaky Athena out from under the chair, the vet was finally able to examine Athena's skin and determined that her recent allergy break out probably just got a bacterial infection. It's a good thing that we went in though, because since some bumps developed puss, we definitely needed antibiotics to treat the infection.
|Benadryl is EXPENSIVE when Athena has to take 4 tablets a day! |
I got the mega-sized bottle making each pill only $.05.
Now Athena is on an antibiotic for two weeks and will be taking 50mg of Benadryl every eight hours for the rest of the summer (or as needed for her year-round itchy scratchies). The Benadryl is making her drowsy, but overall she's in good spirit.
|Things are starting to heal up after 2 days of antibiotics|
Does your dog get the itchy scratchy allergies? What do you do to keep them at bay?
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