Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Allergies, Part 1

Every summer, like clockwork, Jada experiences allergies in her paws. This is due to allergens in the grass, such as pollen. If my memory serves me correctly, I believe it was the second year we had her that I started to notice this. She began to lick and chew on her paws and every year it seems to have gotten worse. Two years ago, she licked her paws so much that her paw pads turned white.  Last year she licked and chewed her paws until they were raw and hairless.  Now this year her paws are so raw it is affecting her walking and she is refusing to go out to the bathroom. I also can't cut her nails, or even touch her paws. She has them that raw and extremely sensitive to the touch.

After mentioning this to the vet and her pawdicurist, I was told to wash her paws after every time we came in from being outside to even giving her an over-the-counter antihistamine (i.e. Benadryl). It seemed to work for previous years but this year, things just seem to have spiraled out of control. Since we now live in the woods, our house is surrounded by grass, leaving Jada no choice but to have to walk through it and get whatever kind of allergen(s) on her paws.

I telephoned my vet this morning and she would like to see Jada today.  I made an appointment for her at 7:30 p.m.  The vet mentioned about possibly doing blood work and checking for lyme disease, something that has me worried. Of course I Goggled "lyme disease in dogs" and have gone into a major panic attack.  It mentioned it could lead to kidney/heart problems and possibly death.  I'm really hoping it isn't that serious.

Lately, I feel like a bad dog mom because I have been putting this problem off for a while now, just dealing with it like I had before :( I feel bad for yelling at Jada to stop licking her paws but I know they are really irritated.  I know she hides and licks them where I can't see. I just hope after this appointment we can get her better!

Here are some pictures of Jada so you can see how bad things are (NOTE: The pictures were taken on my Blackberry, so I apologize for the blurriness). I know other dogs suffer through allergies. Anyone else going through this with their dog?

Back Left Paw

Back Right Paw
Front Right Paw, raw and sore (this is the one she holds up when she limps)

I'm going to make this a two-part post. I will follow up with what my vet has to say after the appointment.  Say a prayer for Jada!


Amusing Bunni said...

Awwww, poor sweetie Jada! I can imagine you're just frantic, Melissa. Try not to worry. I will pray extra hard this gets resolved. I hope the vet figures it out.
Try not to worry. Googling medical symptoms never ends well, it just makes us worry more.

Take care and God Bless you all.

Amber DaWeenie said...

Prayers on the way for Jada. Please let us know what the vet says. Two of our Jack Russells also have allergies. Here it seems to happen in the early spring and late fall. They usually get a cortisone shot and pills (which I'm not happy about), but it does seem to clear up the problem within a few days.

sprinkles said...

I love your blog layout, so cute!

My dad's beagle has allergies too. He chews his paws and scratches his belly raw. The vet prescribed him various kinds of meds, including steriods but none of it seemed to work.

24 Paws of Love said...

We will be sending our paw prayers your way and hope for some good news.

My dog Silver used to lick her paws quite a bit and have chronic ear infections. While we are still dealing with her ears, when I changed to a hyper-allergenic food she quit licking her paws.

My vet thinks it's a food allergy, but I am not quite sure yet. Her ears got worse after we moved, but her allergies are year round and I am wondering if it something in our house. Not really sure yet. Still working on it.

It's a trial and error kind of thing, so just hang in there. It may take a while, but you'll find an answer.