Friday, August 03, 2007

Solutions to Itchies: the Good and the Silly

So I'm still itching despite trying to wash my paws in that Nizoral shampoo (it did seem to help for a while) and giving me Benedryl. Mom and Dad are at their wits end. I'm keeping them up at night with my noisy scratching or biting.

So the parents came up with DRASTIC SOLUTION #1 (suggsted by my wiry pal Gussie - gee thanks pal!):
Socks on a fox? I think not. Gus's Mom did recommend baby socks, but none were available and they were desperate. So they used Dad's long socks. Dad figured that if they were over my "elbows", I'd be less able to take them off.

Well, I think you'll agree that that was a really stupid idea. I sat still for about 15 minutes too afraid to walk or move. Then I jumped off my couch and got them off in under 10 seconds. I figured if I stood on the end and walked forward, they would fall off. I was right!!

As DRASTIC SOLUTION #1 was a dismal failure, the parents came up with DRASTIC SOLUTION #2: Give the dog a bone!

Now friends I'm sure it will come as no surprise when you hear that this was pretty successful for about TWO whole hours. I forgot my itchies and tucked in to this yummy marrow bone.

I think the parents are intending to shampoo my paws again tonite as they are both red and swollen...that's ok with me as long as they don't put me back in socks!!!



Jackson said...

Hey Axel, When I had a toenail removed (ouch!) I had to wear baby socks for a while. It was miserable! J1 taped it on with vet wrap (don't know if it's called the same thing over there in the US). It's (usually) blue and stretchy and sticks to itself. You can get it from vets or good pet supplies shops. Don't wrap it too tight though! I couldn't get the sock off once it was covered in the stuff.

Gus said...

Seee...lots of foxies wear soxies

Gus said...

Axel, thanks for the kind words, but Butchy Snickers have me beat by a couple of months. As usual!

Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Axel,
Sorry you have the itchies so bad again. Sounds like you must have seasonal allergies unless you think you've had a few flea bites. Many dogs are allergic to flea bites. Do you take salmon oil at all? We get some on our food everyday. You might want to try an oatmeal bath on your feet every few days. The vet could probably give you a cortisone shot, but remember steroids can wear down your system. Once you can get off of the benedryl, there are many homeopathic things to try too. Hope you feel better soon pal!
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Nanook and Pooka the Newfoundlands said...

I'm sorry you're so itchy! Is it allergies? What do you eat? My mama has found a shampoo by virbac called episoothe that helps sometimes, and also colloidal oatmeal baths help too...and the episoothe shampoo also comes in a leave-on lotion that you can rub in called resisoothe!

William Tell said...

Axel, I understand how exasperating the itchies are. By the time I was six months old, I was so itchy that a decision had to be made. I couldn't go on mutilating my skin the way I was (I just couldn't help myself).

I was tested for allergies and Doc said I was the worst case he'd ever seen. I now take monthly allergen injections and I feel like a totally new dog. No skin problems at all! Mom says it's also cheaper than the cortisone shots some dogs take. I just have to be sure to get that injection on time, or I break out scratching like the old days.

I would recommend it to any itchy dog. The relief is wonderful.

William Tell