JRT Allergies-help? alternatives and other suggestions
Hello - A year ago I suspected my JR terrier (Sassy) had ear mites, and treated her over the counter for them. After a few days, the "infestation" did not alleviate so i took her to a vet. I was told it was an ear infection not unlike a common yeast infection like thrush. We were prescribed an anti-inflammatory to help the swelling go down (from the itching I assume), an antibiotic, and a salve to help with the scratches she gouged in them. The problem seemed to go away.
After the medicine was depleted she had a short period of relief. Then they started back. We revisited the vets and were told it was allergies. More salve, more antibiotics, and this time, an antihistamine. She had relief again. Meds ran out, the cycle continued and I tried to express my concern to the vet.
I switched vets. We started an elimination diet 4 weeks ago. Her hears are bloody, swollen, gouged, cracked bleeding and she is now doing what sounds like cats do prior to coughing up a hair ball and finally, this morning, she threw up. She is on a Venison/potato formula and doesn't seem to enjoy it very much. She gets no other food, treats anything nor is she on any medication other than an ear wash once a day to twice a day. I fear she is not getting any better.
I myself suffer from terrible food allergies - and I know that my elimination diet takes some time. However - I have been prescribed an antihistamine to knock out whatever allergen attack I"m having and then I monitor my food. I always get better. She is not.
Do you have any suggestion or idea what other methods I can try? She also licks her paws, chews her tail, and it seems her hair is thinning around her stomach, teats, and groin area. Possibly from licking. I would like to try benadryl. The current vet wants her to eat NOTHING, ingest NOTHING but the food she is on. This is ridiculous. She's not a lab animal, she's one of our family and I wouldn't treat my child with this treatment.
Does anyone know, have they used it? Benadryl that is - on a dog? She weighs 13-15 lbs (has lost weight due to this) and is almost 3 years old. She looks at me like she's miserable and I must admit I knwo what she's going through. it's TERRIBLE. I have had several hospital admissions over the years due to allergies.
Am getting frantic. I wash her ears out as much as possible but she continues to dig and dig and dig. Oh, and the cones? She rips them off. That's my Sassy!