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Allergy update

Last night Shelby threw up her chicken and rice dinner. We let her sleep in the bed, and I normally sleep like a log, but my spidey senses were tingling at about 5:30am, and I got up, grabbed the pup, and ran her to the bathroom just in time for her to puke. Oh poor gal. She's lost another meal.

This morning, we tried giving her just a little bit of chicken and rice, hoping that less quantity might help. She broke out in hives, almost immediately.


To deal with the hives, the vet recommended 20mg of Benedryl, so Steven wrapped the pill in a bit of chicken and she swallowed it right up. This whole diarrhea, puking, and hive situtation has not deterred Shelby's love for a good piece of chicken. In fact, it hasn't deterred her love of food at all.

It seems to have helped. It's now 11:30pm, and Shelby has not barfed up her breakfast. Perhaps the vomit and the allergy is related? The vet called to follow-up, and Steven told them what happened. They said that we might need to force her digestive system to "reset" by fasting her.

"A dog can fast for up to 3 days so long as they stay hydrated."

Wow. Little Shelby with no food for 3 days? Besides that she doesn't have a ton of reserves, she's a consumate beggar. Even if she can handle a 3 day fast, can Steven and I? We decided to try it for 24 hours and see how that goes. She was sitting on my lap snoring away earlier this evening and I could hear her stomach grumble.

Oooo. this is going to be very hard...for me that is.

And thanks very much for all your well wishes and recommendations. Steven and I are pondering them. And because I didn't want to leave you all very worried about Shelby over the weekend, here's a little video I took of us playing tonight. She's very much still the happy, vibrant dog.

By the way, that's Braveheart you hear in the background. Shelby seemed unaffected by the poingnancy of the moment.

November 17, 2006 | Permalink


Glad to know that Shelby is still active.

Posted by: Marge | Nov 18, 2006 1:31:05 AM

praying to st francis for her, get well soon baby. xxoo

Posted by: nadine | Nov 18, 2006 5:09:34 AM

My pug zoey went through a similar bout of vomiting/allergies earlier this year. The vet thinks the culprit was a bag of kibble that, for whatever reason, was spoiled before it got to us. Anyway, we had to have zoey fast for a couple of days, which was terribly difficult, but in the end she bounced back beautifully. Just be sure to keep Shelby hydrated and give her lots of hugs. We are thinking of you guys....

Posted by: jenna | Nov 18, 2006 5:14:23 AM

Thinking of you Shelby.

Posted by: Cris | Nov 18, 2006 7:38:19 AM

We went through a very similar situation with our doggie. It's very trying, to say the least. We now have him on Dick Van Patten's (as was suggested by "h") formula of venison and brown rice and the duck & potato bone snacks. Our doggie is allergic to all of the "grains", especially whole wheat. We had a really difficult time finding food for him. Thank goodness for Dick VanPatten's "miracle food."

Good luck guys. It sounds like you're doing all the right stuff.

Please get well soon pup. We love you, Shelby. You are so cute!!!

Posted by: Maggie | Nov 18, 2006 8:16:04 AM

I'm experienced the same thing with my pug Praline who was born with a sensitive stomach. She's on a lamb & rice diet. However, its treats that make her sick as a dog. Her vet recommends any kind of cereal (cheerios work best) and marshmallows. When Praline is given a regular treat (since we all know both strangers and loved ones can't resist) I prepare for some vomiting a day or two later. Fasting for 1-2 days also works. The key is to make sure water is available. Ice cubes, freezer pops, and a tbs of cottage cheese are good. The vet has explained it’s the new food that’s a shock to her system. So if I ever give her something new, moderation is the key. I hope Shelby feels better soon.

Posted by: Christina | Nov 18, 2006 3:47:58 PM

ihope you get better soon shelby! i'll be thinking about you! poor thing!:(

Posted by: dana | Nov 18, 2006 11:57:30 PM

If poor Shelby is this allergic, you might have to go to a lamb diet. I am stunned that she is throwing up chicken and rice.

I saw a suggestion about plain yoghurt, and I agree. The cultures in the yoghurt will help her little digestive tract.

Poor baby. Give her a hug.

Posted by: Jennifer | Nov 19, 2006 2:10:23 PM

I felt compelled to write to you, as my dog Oreo just developed allergies earlier this spring, and he is twelve years old!! I think I heard that chicken is one of the top foods that dogs are allergic to. I had to put Oreo on Hill's Prescription Diet, ZD Ultra. The meat proteins are processed so finely that dogs handle it better. Originally, it worked and his welts cleared up. However, the welts, itching and scratching started again this summer, so the vet said it probably isn't the food. We have finally resorted to an allergy test. We get the results this week. In the meantime, Benadryl is not working, neither is another medication. We use Epi-Soothe cream rinse and conditioner on him for now, I think it is like Aveeno and it seems to help. Maybe this is environmental...has there been any pesticides used in your home or sprayed at a park where you go? Give him a kiss for me and hopefully we'll be able to figure this out between all of us!

Posted by: Deb | Nov 19, 2006 2:47:51 PM

Chicken can also be difficult for a highly allergic dog according to our vet; and the more you give them the worse it gets. I second a previous poster. Our allergic pug can only tolerate duck and potato. Nothing else should be added. He loved peanut butter which is a huge no-no and no rawhide of any kind. Also no wheat, or dairy and only duck or vegetable treats. Good luck, it takes a few days. Keep up with the benedryl.

Posted by: Susan | Nov 19, 2006 4:07:52 PM

The Whole Dog Journal has an excellent article on kibble gone bad, or that has been infested w/mold/fungus. My furkids fast 1 day per week, & on their fast day, I give them several small servings of broth made from either cooking soup bones in water, or a small piece of beef in water (no spices). It's got enough flavour to keep them drinking, but yet clean enough to clear them out.

Posted by: pmg | Nov 20, 2006 2:20:40 PM

Hi again-I also use benedryl for pug Mia on a daily basis. It is better than pred or another rx since it does not affect her immune system. I would recommend spacing out the dosage. Mia gets 1/2 tablet in the am, 1/2 tablet mid-day and 1/2 tablet before bed. She is 18.5 lbs. I also bathe her with ketochlor and resiprox once a week to remove the environmental allergens from her skin (weather permitting). I hope this helps Shelby!

Posted by: Mari | Nov 24, 2006 3:29:36 PM

I was speaking to a friend this am and her purebred siberian husky has the same food issues. He was put on "eagle pack" dog food (lamb and rice) and his symptoms are non-existent. The website is "eaglepack.com". I hope that Shelby feels better and knows that as pug owners, we feel for her.

Posted by: Mari | Nov 29, 2006 10:56:03 AM

Im so sorry about shelby i'll pray for the little babe.My cat has been doing the same thing thanks for the tips.

Posted by: miranda | Dec 2, 2006 9:37:13 AM

I'm sorry to hear about Shelby! My 2year old pug Sophie (who recently passed away Sept.11, she had knee surgery and did not make it through the night; I highly suggest any pug owner have overnight doctor care arranged if the pug is staying overnight, due to the pugs already shortened airway) had the same thing as Shelby. We had been through it all.Every medicine, allergy tests, you name it.We never found a cure. She would still get the hives terrible! At the end, we had her on Dick Van patten's Duck and Potatoe. I just recently got a new pug from pug rescue, and guess what?!!! She has them too! I am going to try taking away her beloved rawhides, and not walking her any where near the golf course in my neighborhood ( another suspected cause) Any way , best of luck , keep us posted with any new info that could help the puggies!

Posted by: stacey | Dec 28, 2006 12:30:49 PM

I hope shelby will get better soon! i'll be thinking about you too..


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I have a pug that was born with red mange in her gene. The vet had her on some medicine that was costing me $45.00 a month. He said she would have to be on it for the rest of her life. I raised Boxer in the past and I had them on Ivermectin. I went on line and read all about Ivermectin. I decided I would put my pug on it. She takes it monthly as a heartworm preventive. She has been on it since 5/10. I'm telling you it is the best thing I could have ever done. She has no more skin problems at all. No vet will advise you to use it because it takes there business. I had a pug for 13 years before I got the two I have now. My other pug had skin problems all her life, back and forth to the vet. Now my problem has been solved thanks to inermectin. I advise anyone with a pug are any dog with skin problems to go on line and read all about ivermectin. My Pugs are my life and I feel for anyone with a dog that has skin problems. Please forward this information to everyone.

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