Jack Russel

Allergies

by Rachael
(Alabama, USA)

My 9 month old JR "Toby" can not have any milk products because he is lactose intolerant. Strange I know, anyway he still has a really red nose or snout and its really red under his arms and legs. Are all JRT's like that? It just never seems to go away?

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Jul 16, 2009
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JR's and food allergies
by: Renee

If you notice a lot of ear scratching, you should seek a vet who specializes in dermatology. Our JR was acting like she could not hear. The vet said she had hard wax in front of box ear drums. He tried to flush it out, but no luck. He referred us to a specialist (dermatologist vet) who had to put her under to remove the wax. When the wax was removed, our dog had red nodules in the ear canal (one in each ear). The specilist told us whenever you have scratching (face, ears, neck) and the wax problem we had, it is almost always a food allergy. After lengthy treatment on steroids, ear drops (steroid) and changing to a vegetarian, hypoallergenic diet, our dog was healthy and could hear again. The red nodules disappeared, which was a blessing, because the vet was not sure they would go away. I have her ears checked twice a year now, and she gets a small antihistimine tablet in her food once daily. We live in Texas, so we are pretty sure she has some environmental sensitivity as well.

Jan 28, 2009
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Epson Salt
by: Anonymous

I have a JRT who is about a year and a half old and he suffered for itchy skin and his skin would take on a pink tone. I went to vet who advised to change his diet to only certain brands and only foods made with venison, rabbit or salmon with no meat byproducts. This helped a great deal but he still had the itchy skin. I had been using shampoo free products to bathe him. Shampoo can dry their skin and cause them to turn pink and have itchy skin. The vet then prescribe allergy pills and indicated my JRT was probably allergic to grass and pollen. I hated to have him medicated so I did research and found a solution that works. I still feed him the dog food made with the meats listed above but I also quite bathing him with any type of shampoo. If you fill us the tub and put in a cup of Epson salt and just let him play in the water it will clean the hair, deodorize him and it will clear up the pink and itchy skin problems.

Jan 11, 2009
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To Toni
by: Marc

Hi Toni,

We are feeding Purina HA (Hypo Allergenic). It is only available from a vet or with a prescription from a vet.

Marc

Jan 11, 2009
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Marc Food Allergies
by: toni

Just read your story on food for your dog, where do I find some, I have been fighting this problem for about 2 years now. Lilly seems to have a tummy ache most weeks and I have her on vet food

Jan 10, 2009
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We Lost a JRT to Allergies
by: Jackie

Have your JRT checked out by a vet.. While the JRT's are fun and cute, they are very prone to grass/pollen/and any other allergies. (on the ground or air..)

What breeders and puppy stores fail to tell customers that these dogs can be high vet maintenance..

We lost our 7 year old JRT to an allergy which led to a massive infection that killed him. We always took excellent care of him and was under vet care.

Your JRT is young and you live in the South so you will have allergy problems all year long.. Spend the time and the money and have an allergy tests done by a highly competitive vet. Most vets push to change diets but I would do that as the last resort. I know your pain.

Jackie

Dec 31, 2008
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Allergies
by: Marc

I think it would be best to have Toby checked out by your vet. Our dog was itching and scratching for a long time and when we finally took her to the vet, we found the problem was a food allergy. A month of medication and a change to a hypo-allergenic food cured her. She is now a happy dog again!

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