I think the dog has allergies. No, he’s not sneezing, but he is scratching.
He had an appointment at the vet a couple of days ago–hundreds of dollars’ worth of fun. He was due for his shots anyway, so I figured since he was scratching, I’d get something for fleas and ticks. No evidence of them before or since, but that was the logical place to start.
Yesterday, I put the stuff on the back of his neck to kill whatever he might have picked up.
Today, he seems to be itchier than ever.
Question is, what could he be allergic to that is new? What plants are in my garden this year that weren’t last year? Worst case scenario: it’s not a plant at all.
I haven’t looked up the facts, so I don’t really know if they can affect dogs, but there’s a new tick in these parts that, if you’re bitten, can make you allergic to meat.
What do you feed a dog that’s allergic to meat?
Sure, he loves cheese. But I can’t imagine what an entire meal of it would do to his insides.
Do I not let him down from the table until he’s eaten his veggies?
We all know what grass does to dogs, but what about broccoli?
So I’m hoping the itching will stop–that the skin problems are just bites that haven’t healed yet.
Updates to come.
EDIT: So you don’t feel bad for Winston: the Lone Star tick–the one responsible for meat allergies–can bite dogs, but the poison it carries only affects humans.
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