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For the past three days Midgie has been doing a whole lot of scratching of her ears, eyes and face. At first I was assuming it's her allergies, but since we've decreased her allergy shots all the way down to 1 ml, I'm starting to think she has some kind of infection in her face. I'm so sick of winter--we've all been sick just about all winter and tomorrow I have to take my twins to the pediatrician, one has an ear infection & I think the other might have pink eye. (Good Grief) I'm trying to figure out when I can get Midgie to the vet. I'll try 1st thing in the morning, then take the girls to the pediatrician, I guess.

Does anyone have any ideas how I can relieve Midgie's irritation. I did give her some Benedryl, but I don't think it's helping.
 

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Is there a chance she has gotten into something? Have you bathed her recently? Given her a new treat?
 

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Is there a chance she has gotten into something? Have you bathed her recently? Given her a new treat?
My 5 year olds always drop food on the floor, but I don't think that's it. I started putting a few drops of Apple Cider Vinegar in her Honest Kitchen food in the morning about 3 days ago. Her eyes are watering and her nose is cold & wet. I kind of think she has a cold, but what's confusing is the scratching the ears. They're not red or irritating looking tho.
 

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I am hoping someone will chime in soon? I am not real sure what to tell you if the Benadryl didnt work?
 

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I am hoping someone will chime in soon? I am not real sure what to tell you if the Benadryl didnt work?
Thanks! She's sleeping now, so I'll see how she is in the morning & make my decision on whether to bring her to the vet or not. I might still call the vet to ask what they think.
 

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For the past three days Midgie has been doing a whole lot of scratching of her ears, eyes and face.
I started putting a few drops of Apple Cider Vinegar in her Honest Kitchen food in the morning about 3 days ago.
Sounds like an allergy to me mama.

I'd cease and see if it stops.
 

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If it's been happening for three days, and you've been doing it for three days it's strictly my thinking here, but she may be having a reaction of sorts.

Not to say that's what it is, but I think the easiest route would be to not give it to her and see how she fares, maybe mention to the vet?
 

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If it's been happening for three days, and you've been doing it for three days it's strictly my thinking here, but she may be having a reaction of sorts.

Not to say that's what it is, but I think the easiest route would be to not give it to her and see how she fares, maybe mention to the vet?
I agree! The more I think about it, the more I think she is having a reaction to the ACV. I was wondering if anyone elses chi is allergic to ACV? Had no idea she would have a reaction to it. I'll see how she is in the morn. Thanks for your input.
 

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I agree! The more I think about it, the more I think she is having a reaction to the ACV. I was wondering if anyone elses chi is allergic to ACV? Had no idea she would have a reaction to it. I'll see how she is in the morn. Thanks for your input.

No problem, i'd certainly believe it's possible. People can be allergic to the strangest things (both my mom and I share an allergy to benedryl, which is for allergies doh) i'd think dogs could be allergic as well.
 

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What brand of ACV are you giving her? You can rinse off her face with cool water, no soap or anything that will help soothe her skin.
 

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I was going to mention the ACV, but I had never heard of a allergic reaction to it. I guess anything is possible.
 

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I should have known better. She seems so allergic to everything and when I hear of something so natural that could help her, I give it a try without thinking. I feel like I'm trying to kill her. I'm so stupid.
I want to get her spayed within the next few months, but I'm terribly afraid as I feel like I could loose her because her immune system seems so weak from all this allergy stuff.
The ACV is made by Kurtz. I think I got it at Walmart.
 

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I don't know if this is an option or not, but have you thought about a consult with a canine dermatologist? She has so many sensitivities. I know you've done the allergy testing, etc. but sometimes it takes a specialist to really sort things out. She seems like she still has a lot of issues with itching and scratching, even with the allergy shots and a change in food! Just thought I'd mention it. It might be worth the time and money to get a specialist opinion from a dermatologist. Our normal vets can't and don't know everything.
 

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I don't know if this is an option or not, but have you thought about a consult with a canine dermatologist? She has so many sensitivities. I know you've done the allergy testing, etc. but sometimes it takes a specialist to really sort things out. She seems like she still has a lot of issues with itching and scratching, even with the allergy shots and a change in food! Just thought I'd mention it. It might be worth the time and money to get a specialist opinion from a dermatologist. Our normal vets can't and don't know everything.
That's a very good idea as I am just about at my wits end trying to find some kind of relief for this poor chi. I'll definitely keep this in mind. Do I need a referral from my vet to go see a dermatologist? Do you think they'd do another blood test? I feel like I'm on my own with her as I've lost confidence in my vet. She admitted she was overdosing her on the allergy shots and I feel like I'm a pain every time I call the vet telling her Midgie's miserable & something just isn't right. Her solution is Steroid shot which helps so much, but I don't want to do steroid shots anymore as I feel this could cause problems down the line. I definitely am going to start checking into a dermatologist. Thank you.
 

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That's a very good idea as I am just about at my wits end trying to find some kind of relief for this poor chi. I'll definitely keep this in mind. Do I need a referral from my vet to go see a dermatologist? Do you think they'd do another blood test? I feel like I'm on my own with her as I've lost confidence in my vet. She admitted she was overdosing her on the allergy shots and I feel like I'm a pain every time I call the vet telling her Midgie's miserable & something just isn't right. Her solution is Steroid shot which helps so much, but I don't want to do steroid shots anymore as I feel this could cause problems down the line. I definitely am going to start checking into a dermatologist. Thank you.
Yes, you do need a referral from your vet but most vets are glad to do it! You happen to have one of the premier vet schools in the country in Tennessee and they have a dermatology department that is one of the best! Not sure how far of a drive this would be for you, but to me - it would be worth it!

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I really hope it helps!! Sometimes when things just keep going on and on, it's best to seek out a specialist and try something different. I am anxious to hear how things go. Keep us posted!

Oh, and as I was looking up information on canine dermatology I kept coming across references to the University of TN College of Veterinary Medicine. They have literally 'written the book' on the subject, so they should be a great resource. How fortunate that you are in the same state! :)
 
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