Itchy Scratchy Sunday


Some of the pinkness and most of the raised bumps subsided after a dose of Benedryl, thank goodness!

I woke at 4 a.m. to the crate-rattling sounds of Alvin frantically scratching, then licking and chewing. A good look at him in the light revealed that he was covered in raised pink bumps – on his snout, his legs, his belly . . . on his entire undercarriage actually. “What the heck happened to you?” I asked and then gasped as I spotted a silver dollar sized oozing hot spot on his back between his shoulder blades.

The only thing that’s changed in Alvin’s environment during the past couple of days was a gradual – very gradual – change in his food for the past two days (1/4 cup of a 2 cup allotment three times a day). Wow. Who woulda thought he’d have such a violent reaction. Poor Alvin! We’ll figure this out and get you back on track sweet boy . . .

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    • Hi Mad, Thanks for asking! Because Alvin was severely underweight, he was eating Royal Canin Gastrointestinal dry/wet mixed. It’s a vet prescription food – the proteins are chicken (in the dry) and chicken/pork/salmon (in the wet). We introduced just a little bit of Performatrin Grain Free Puppy dry (still trying to put some more weight on him) and in two days he broke out in itchy bumps all over. 🙁

      Any suggestions from your experience?

      • It’s likely a reaction to the parvovirus treatment. There are these drops called MBI drops which you can add to his water once a day. And I’d switch his food..something like Castor & Pollux wet food with no additives.

  1. I have 2 pit mixes and they invariably have had allergy reactions, but according to a vet at NorthStar Vets they are rarely allergic to “good” food, but rather to something in their environment and it exhibits through their skin. One of mine is almost totally white, somewhat like Alvin and he is on 2 benadryl a day per his vet. It has kept his itching and other allergies at bay. I think that “pits” and maybe even all bully breeds have skin problems.

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