a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Scratch Scratch Scratch Scratch STOP IT!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Scratch Scratch Scratch Scratch STOP IT!

SUMMARY: Boost allergies?
Several weeks ago, Boost's eyes started gooping up a couple times a day. Sure, my yard is dusty, but my yard is always dusty, and Tika's eyes weren't gooping up.

Then, a week or so ago, she started scratching more than usual. Just a bit more. Then a bit more. Then more and more. Then more and more and more. Then off and on all night long Friday night and Saturday night (of course our vet appointment was for Monday morning). Scratch scratch scratch scratch scratch... "STOP! IT!" (I point out helpfully at 2 in the morning.)

Vet didn't find anything obvious (well, I didn't either, but it would've had to be obvious for me to spot it). He says the odds are good that it's allergies to something, probably in the air (since nothing else has changed--bedding, house, food, etc.), so we're treating it as such.

Ointment for the eyes three times a day; benadryl (Diphenhydramine) twice a day.

And of course you know that, when I have my camera in hand to get a scratching photo, for half an hour she won't scratch or goes behind the desk and THEN scratches. (Or waits until the card is out of the camera and then does a major scratching fit right in front of me.) This is the best she was willing to provide:


  1. Allergies suck! Lucy and I send our sympathies. Hope the meds work, or at the very least, that Boost cooperates by giving you a proper scratching photo.

  2. Sally and I hate her allergies ...
    I hope Boost's stay manageable witrh bendryl

  3. Great, now you've got me scratching.

  4. Elayne: I recommend a nice glass of red wine to improve your health! http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/interviews/interview/636/ (Disclaimer: Grape juice might be just as healthy.)