Uh oh…

As most of you know, Sid’s severe allergies to mother earth make him the ultimate bubble-dog. We’ve tried elimination diets, Atopica, OTC medications (Benadryl, Zyrtec, etc.), (very expensive) skin allergy tests, (also very expensive) allergy shots, t-shirts, medicated shampoos, soothing sprays and lotions, and though all that the one thing that seems to work the best is prednisone (or prednisolone). I know that it’s not ideal to take a steroid long-term (remember CARL and his friends?!), but I also want Sid to have a comfortable life. When he’s been on the prednisone, the dose is very small and he only gets it every other day. It allows him to lead an itch-free existence and he can put the energy he would have expended on scratching to better use (e.g. pulling all his toys out and scattering them over the whole apartment).

First, the good news: Sid’s been off his low every-other-day prenisone routine for almost two months! He’s definitely been on the itchier side but it doesn’t seem to disrupt his normal pug activities (i.e. eating, sleeping, and staring at me until I give him treats).

The bad news: his allergies have started flaring up lately and he has scratched a few raw spots on his (adorable) face. It’s nothing major, I just don’t want him to scratch any more of the raw spots, which has led to the following…

PROGNOSIS: Cone head for the rest of the week. Sorry, little buddy!


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11 Responses to “Uh oh…”

  1. avatar Payton's mom Says:

    Oh no! Well this just means extra BCs if you ask me. D&D’s allergies flair up this time of year too. Hope you feel relief soon, handsome.

  2. avatar urban hounds Says:

    poor siddy

    urban hounds

  3. avatar Alex Says:

    Have you tried adding extra baby carrots to Sid’s diet?

  4. avatar Eddie the Pug Says:

    Cone of Shame…poor buddy!

  5. avatar stella rose Says:

    We have never had to wear one of those, thank the Lord!!! We hopes you get to feeling better real real soon!
    stella rose

  6. avatar Idaho PugRanch Says:

    OH poor Sid. Greta has been on low dose prednisone since summer. She is on limited ing food now as we try to determine if the allergy is food or environmental. She is doing well on 2.5 mg every 3rd day. I have also wondered if it is dust related. We live out of town, we get alot of dust. I just treated our mattress with a natural product (safe for pets and kids) from Wondercide that is supposed to kill dust mites. Greta’s ears have not been red since we did that on Saturday. I also would prefer to not have her on the prednisone at all but I can’t have her chewing her feet up either. In 20 yrs she is the first of our pugs to have allergies. That’s Greta, a challenge in every way, but we love her!
    Mom Linda

  7. avatar Noodles Says:

    Sid – you are the most adorable conehead EVER!
    Stop scratching.
    Love Noodles

  8. avatar Meredith LeBlanc ૐ (@MeredithLeBlanc) Says:

    We’re going to third the baby carrot supplement increase, STAT.

    Have an itch-free & awesome weekend Handsome Sid!!!

    Meredith & Scarlet

  9. avatar Angel Payton, Donald, and Daisy's Gampy Says:

    Yep, carrots in copious amounts are definitely the doctor’s prescription!


  10. avatar Linda Says:

    Awwwww, poor sweet boy!

  11. avatar tweedles Says:

    Oh Sid
    I am so sorry you have the itchies sooo bad. I know the medicine will help you feel better ,and I hope that someones suggestions will help you too– maybe baby carrots is the answer- who knows?
    I hope you feel better soon– your pawrents are trying so hard to help you
    I send healing magic bubbles your way

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