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Thor's Mom

I am sure this has been asked but help. I rescued a Jack 4 years ago. We aren't sure of his age guessing around 7 now. He itches. All the time, in his sleep, to the point of blood. We have been through so much testing including allergy to find he is allergic to everything but not that bad. Well we did allergy shots which were expense and did nothing.

The only thing that helps is steroids which we hate using but if we don't he itches. Then we see steroid effects but have to wonder what is worse. We tried special diet, shampoos, etc nothing works but steriods.

Anyone else. He is my baby and I know is so sad. He is blind in one eye already and afraid he will blind the other eye with his Scratching.

I am at a loose what to do and my vet has no other solutions. We have tried them all. Off the steriods he is so bad and unhappy just cries all the time. Help!

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Feb 15, 2012
by: Alison

Thank you we did the elimination diet and he is on a special clean diet to prevent stones so gets nothing but that now. Love the bath idea. He is on medicated ones but don't give relief. I will try that. Just helps to hear any ideas and that someone understands.

Feb 15, 2012
by: Sherry

Poor Thor! My Jack is an itcher as well. I know you said that you have tried everything....but I wanted to let you know what worked for our Jack incase you hadn't tried these things.
We did an elimination diet and determined he had some food allergies. If food allergies are making your dog itch, eliminating potential trigger foods such as beef or wheat(like our Jack) can make a huge difference. Your vet may recommend a special diet if this appears to be the case. The addition of fatty acid supplements to your pet’s regular food can also help address dry skin issues and keep your dog’s coat healthy like fish oil or primrose oil(we put it over her food).
Our Jack also has allergies and I give her a benedryl at night to help cut down on the night scratching. Also, make sure you applying topical medication to any open sores (due to the scratching) so that nothing gets infected. We also give her baths in epsom salts and aveeno - I think this is more of a temporary effect but our Jack really likes it so we do it.

Hope this helps!!! I know how hard it is to feel helpless when your Jack is in obvious distress.

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