scratching jack russell

We have a jack russell, 4 1/2 years old, that in the past year has been scratching and biting her legs and paws. The vet put her on temaril-p last year and it helps however she is still doing her scratching. Is this characteristic of a jack russell? Do we keep her on this medication?

Bill

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Apr 20, 2012
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Scratching
by: Deborah

You might want to put your Jack onto a Grain Free food I feed my 3 jacks Taste of the Wild the flavor is Lamb and it is called Sierra Mountain my 3 love it and my 3 are allergic to everything.Good Luck

Apr 20, 2012
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DIETS, SUPPLEMENTS ITCHY SKIN
by: JAC

Hi Bill,

You might be interested in checking out the link for a website I highly recommend that has a lot of information for Jack Russell Terriers on Diet, Supplements and general care and training of a Jack Russell. The Website link directly for the Diets and Supplements is:

http://www.connemaraterrier.com/HealthDiet/HealthDiet/supplements.html

The main website is:

www.connemaraterrier.com

I highly recommend this website, owned by a breeder of Connemara Jack Russell Terriers. She is very knowledgeable on all aspects of Jack Russell Terriers. You won't find a finer or more upstanding person that truly is dedicated, compassionate and a lover of the breed.

I hope this helps.

JAC

Apr 20, 2012
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SCRATCHING JACK RUSSELL : TEMARIL-P INFORMATION FOR DOGS
by: JAC

Hi Bill,

This is a link from Drugs.com for the prescription medication that your vet is prescribing for your 4 1/2 year dog.:

http://www.drugs.com/vet/temaril-p-tablets.html

This link explains about Temaril-P for dogs, its uses, dosage and precautions. Do not stop abruptly.

This is my own opinion, if your dog is not improving on the medication, why is your veterinarian still prescribing it? If the condition does not improve after trying the medication, it seems to me you have to find out the reason why it is happening in the first place. Then try to avoid what is causing it in the first place whether it is diet, shampoo, contact dermatitis, household cleaning products, fabric softener on bedding, flea and tick preventative reactions, allergy to certain types of dog treats, chew bones etc.

The drug "Temaril-P for Dogs" does have its side effects, some long lasting after continued use. Again, please read the description especially the side effects and precautions at the drugs.com website.

Please let us know how your dog is doing.

With Kindest Regards,
JAC

Apr 19, 2012
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FOOD OR CONTACT ALLERGIES continued
by: JAC

Coincidentally, today, the owner of Connemara Jack Russell Terriers, posted some information on contact allergies today on their private Facebook Group. This is what she had to say, and I hope it helps you with your dog.

"Connemara Terriers"
"Seasonal dog allergies are upon us: This is the most common cause of dog itching and scratching. They usually develop after a couple of years of exposure, if they're going to develop at all. No one really understands why one individual will develop allergies, while the next one won't. Genetics are thought to play a part, since allergies often run in families. Repeated exposure is important, too. Other scientists theorize that it may have something to do with immunizations given at an early age.

Pinpointing the cause of seasonal allergies is best done with a "scratch test" at the vet's office. Pollen extracts are injected just under a shaved area of skin, and reactions are noted a few minutes later. This usually runs a few hundred dollars.

Also turn on your TV news and watch the weather segment. There's a good chance they'll give an allergy report, which will tell you which pollens (or mold) are a problem that day. By tracking the daily pollen count to see what's highest when your dog is scratching, you'll have a good idea of what's causing the allergy.

In general, though, the earliest spring pollens are the tree pollens, followed by grass pollen (which lasts into the summer). Interestingly, flower pollen is usually not a problem -- and neither is very large-sized pollen, such as from pine trees."

Apr 19, 2012
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Food or contact allergies
by: JAC

Having had a dog with allergies for all but the first three years of his life, based on my experience it sounds like your dog might have a developed allergy to his food or environment during the first few years of his or her life. I would try a premium diet that is "Grain Free", either canned, kibble, or raw diet with raw meaty bones "RMB".
Check out the web site called:

www.dogfoodadvisor.com
Go with a 4 or 5 Star rated Grain free diet. Grains are responsible for many food allergies in pets. The web site explains all about how diets are analyzed and judged, with much helpful material.
There are a few excellent books on your pets wellness, diets and problems related to their Immune systems. One good book is:
Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats [Paperback]
Richard H. Pitcairn (Author), Susan Hubble Pitcairn (Author)
The book is in it's 3rd edition. Cost start at less then $7.00. I got mine from Amazon.com

It may also be contact allergies. Has anyone put down any fertilizer, weed killer etc on the lawns yet. My dog was also allergic to dandelions, certain grasses, weeping woos trees, cats, dust and sheep. He had allergy shots for years to no avail. When I bought a Jack Russell Terrier from Connemara Jack Russell Terriers in Maine I learned about all the waste put in pet food including Veterinary Prescription Diets. It's such a shame. Many vets are not up on nutrition. Just for your own interest look up problems with pet food industry. It's an eye opener. I do hope it's just dietary. Good luck and kiss you JRT on the nose for me. : ]


Apr 18, 2012
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Scratching
by: Deborah

I have 2 boy Jacks and my 2 are doing alot of scratching too and it is not fleas it turns out to be an allergy and alot of Jacks get allergies mine are allergic to alot of things like Grass,Pollen,Wheat etc.I do know that Tempril is an Anti-Inflammatory med because my Patchie was on it along with Clvamox an Antibotic because he was doing alot of coughing and it turned out to be an upper respirtory infection and allergies so ask your Vet about Allergies in Jack Russells?

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