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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Not So Wordless Wednesday - Freddie Update


Freddie's constant itching persists and it's heartbreaking to see him so depressed and uncomfortable all the time. The Vanectyl pills he was on, which are a combination trimprazine (anti-itch) and prednisolone (anti-inflammatory) did nothing.  I found that Benadryl didn't work but Dristan does help so I have been giving it to him every 4-5 hours just so he can rest a bit. I've also been trying the Benadryl spray. Right now it's 1:14 a.m. and I just got finished giving Fred a Dristan and a couple of tablespoons of this stuff I got at the pet store today called Melissa's Aloe Pet for hot spots, itchy skin and allergies.  Then I sat on the kitchen floor beside him and tried soothing him by slowly wiping him down with a cool cloth until he fell asleep.  He is now sleeping comfortably beside me on the couch as I write.  He doesn't have a rash or anything but it's like he's itchy from the inside out.  His whole body turns hot and red when he gets itchy and he is constantly scratching at his mouth and eyes.  I think the roof of his mouth gets itchy like us when our allergies bother us.  His eyes just run. I spend all day trying to stop him from itching and I just feel so bad because all he does is whimper.  He doesn't play or wag his tail and yes, he's very vocal and dramatic.

   
Today, or yesterday I should say, I got him a cone from the vets for when I just can't stop him from scratching his face or chewing on his legs. I would hate to use it, but if I have to I will.  I also went to the pet store and got him some booties so he can't scratch himself so much and something called Melissa's Aloe Pet. You can put the Aloe Pet on their food and apply it to their itchy spots as it's all organic.  As soon as I got home I gave him some of the Aloe Pet which he lapped right up and I put some on his itchy spots. So far I think it is helping, but time will tell.  He's having a very rough time and Gloria doesn't know what to think as he doesn't even want to play.


She's constantly going over and sniffing him and checking on him and sleeps by him a lot.


Uh oh, he's up and itching...........

I'm back and Fred's at it again so I'll make this a little quicker.  He is also having some trouble with his back end.  We can hear a clunking noise sometimes when he is walking and his back legs really seem to be turning in and actually give out on him sometimes.  He had x-rays done a year ago and they said his hips were fine, but when he goes back to the vet we'll have to get more done.  This really worries me and I try not to think about it.  Right now we have enough with his itching problem that we can't figure out.  If it was the Trumpet Vine, I have read that it can take six weeks or more to get out of the system.  That would be fine as long as I knew he was going to get better. 

I probably won't be around much as this has me very stressed and worried and I want to concentrate my time on getting Freddie well.  You know what it's like when there's something wrong with your furbaby, you would do anything to make them better.  It would be so easy if I knew what it was and I could just give him something to make it go away.  But sometimes it's just not that simple.  I want thank you all for thinking of Fred and hope you will keep him in your thoughts.



73 comments:

  1. Poor fella....and poor you! It's not a problem we've encountered, but Mum was once given some Aloe leaves when she had bad sunburn (you peel them and rub them on the skin) and it worked wonders. If you can get some combined with the stuff you have maybe it would help? We're sending Fred our very best Good Greyhound Vibes. Deccy x

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  2. Poor Freddie! It makes us sooooo sad to hear that he's so itchy. Could it be a food allergy? We hope you can get to the bottom of this soon. And we're glad he's getting some sleep and respite from the itching.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  3. Oh you poor loves, it must be so hard for both of you and exhausting! I really hope and pray you get to the bottom of Fred's itching so he can get some relief. I have hand eczeme on my left hand (which I know is no comparison to itching all over like Fred) but what I mean is, it is the sort of itching that almost drives you insane so I kind of have an idea how he must feel.
    We are sending all our love and healing vibes Fred!
    Dip Bridge Elliot and Lynne x
    ps, I would love to see your crochet snowflakes :)

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  4. oh freddie you poor guy xxx we r thinking of you xxx

    i know how horrible it is to watch you little fur baby be all itchy, my Deefa was a bit like that too. he was alergic to most foods, it happened all of a sudden at about age 1 and it gave him the runs too and i ended up finding him this great food that was made of just fresh salmon and brown rice an i only gave him roast chicken as treats and that helped him alot but he always use to nibble at his left wrist still and it always had a stain on his white fur there cos he wouldnt leave it alone for long. i hope the aloe starts to help, that is magic stuff, i use it on burns and rashes all the time.

    Lots of love and wishes to feel better

    Charlene and Stormy
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  5. Oh my...we feel so bad for poor Freddie!! This might sound a little bit weird, but Chloe had a real problem with itching a couple of years ago. We tried just about everything we could think of...and of course we were on the road at the time...and that didn't help. We tried the cortisone cream from the drugstore, but what we really found that worked REALLY good (suggested to me by my vet tech friend) ...was Vagisil. Yep. Believe it or not. Vagisil ... the towelettes that you buy at the store. Whatever is in it seemed to soothe Chloe's hot spots. And she tolerated it pretty well when I would try to hold the little towelette on the spot and talk to her in soothing tones. Just a suggestion. It can be heartbreaking when our little furry ones can't tell us how bad they feel. Good luck!! xoxo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

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  6. We are so sorry to hear of Fred's problem & hope that he starts feeling better soon.
    Wally & Sammy

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  7. We have been on our blogger break and so did not know about Freddie's itchies and we are so sorry to hear about them. Feel better Fred!

    urban hounds

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  8. We hope he is feeling better and we are thinking of you! I hope you are able to get some relief as well as him.

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  9. Thanks for the update. I feel so badly for Freddie and for you. I hope he finds some relief soon. When they are sick it really is hard to focus on anything else. Sending positive thoughts your way.

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  10. Poor Freddie. I'd hoped that his itchies were all gone and you-all were having some fun. Surely this will all be over soon. Be sure to take care of yourself. Stress can really get you... and you don't want to be sick, too. Sending hugs and good thoughts your way.

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  11. Dang dis just sucks! I can't stand to sees Freddie likes dis. I knows you is prolly pullin' your hairs out now too.
    I can't believe da Benadryl didn't help...has your vet suggested Hydroxazine? I has dat too...I has my very own drug store really.
    Don't worry bouts gettin' around to da blogs, Freddie is way more important right nows so spend your time withs him but let us knows if we can do anything fur ya'll.

    Puddles

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  12. Does it help to keep him off the grass? Maybe make him a "litter box" out of a baby pool and some sand - cut one side down so he can get in. Maybe if his exposure to the outside is limited he will get better. Poor guy - he looks so miserable in his photos.

    Sam

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  13. Oh Freddie, I do hope you feel better soon!
    Lovies, Miss Mindy

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  14. Oh poor things. :( We really hope Freddie feels better soon. He sounds so uncomfortable.

    Here's a link to a page about apple cider vinegar... not sure if you've considered it.

    http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/acvfordogs.html

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  15. You have, of course, ruled out food allergy, right? So systemic sounds like wheat/corn/allergy to some protein to me!

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  16. We send big love and good wishes. Our paws are crossed for you and Freddie. Please keep us updated. Our love to you all.
    Best wishes Molly

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  17. So sorry to hear Freddie is still suffering! I know there are loads of 'home remedies' available and maybe you've tried them anyway but I have heard that Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) - unpasteurised/organic if you can get it can work wonders for itchy skin in a 50% solution with water rubbed over the coat and possibly a little taken internally too (a teaspoon in the water bowl). Do hope things improve soon - Leigh (Magic's Mum)

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  18. Poor Freddie and your family. Hope you find some relief soon. We'll be praying.

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  19. I feel so horrible for both you and Freddie. Sending healing wishes and prayers your way.

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  20. Oh poor Freddie, we hope you are feeling better soon and we are thinking of you.

    Mika has yeast problems since he was young and we have been trying many methods in order to reduce the itchiness. Lately, a friend gave us some natural health care products that we found them pretty good.
    http://www.aromesse.com/skin-problem/natural-healthcare-dog-products.html

    We use Dermacton Shampoo Bar for Mika and it seems it helps him a lot.

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  21. Poor sweetheart. Have you tried Celestamine. It's Chloramphenamine Maleate. It's a drug I used to take in and I recall the vetty giving Buchi that once when he was itching badly with the mange.

    By the way, have you tried switching foods temporarily? I know it's a long shot but maybe it might just be something he is eating. Like the specific package of dog food he is having now. Try home made.

    We hope he gets better soon. I know how frustrating it can be to have an itching dog who won't stop. It's an annoyance, a heart breaker and an unconsciously worrisome event in any Mom's life.

    Huggies and Cheese,

    Haopee

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  22. You keep taken care of Freddie, that is way more important than traveling through Blogville. I feel so bad for Fred. And I can see the concern on Glorias's face. You all will be a pert of our thoughts and prayers.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  23. Poor Freddie. And poor you, you must be so worried.
    I'm sending you my best wishes.

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  24. Poor Fred. I feel so bad for you and him and Gloria. The itching is enough to drive you crazy. Thumper came to us with terrible itch problems. He scratched all day and all night. Anti-histamines would slow it down, but not stop it. I ordered Dinovite and tried it. It's a green goop you add to their food. It helped. It's got amino acids and other stuff to help with skin and immune system...I was skeptical but it worked. May be worth a look if poor Fred keeps feeling bad.

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  25. Poor Freddie, and poor you! It IS awful when you know they are miserable and you just can't figure out how to help them. I know from experience that the aloe usually works very well. Hope Freddie is feeling less itchy very soon!

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  26. Oh Dear Fred please get better soon.
    My Mom had no idea this was happening
    and she feels so bad for your itching skin.
    We hope the medication works and you are back to
    sofa surfing, and zooming in the yard soon.
    xo Cinnamon

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  27. Oh dear! I hope Freddie gets better soon! That is NOT fun!

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  28. Be sure to sing that special song to him! Maybe that will help him feel better....

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  29. OMD OMD... I thought that Freddie would be itch Free by now... I am sooooo sorry to hear that the poor guy is still miserable.
    I did not know it would take THAT long fur the Trumpet Vine to get out of a system. THAT is a LONG TIME.
    We will have our paws crossed fur him to be ITCH FREE Speedy Quick.
    We KNOW that you are doing EVERYthingy Pawsible fur him.

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  30. Poor itchy Fred! It sounds like you're coming at it from a lot of angles, though, I'm sure one or more of those things is going to be helpful!

    The first picture of the both of them on the couch is adorable.

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  31. Hi Freddie and your family,

    I'm so sad to hear you're still struggling with your itches it sounds awful buddy…..

    I'm sure you've already looked at food, but my Grandma's Dog had really bad itching for ages and the vet tried everything including steroids, the answer was a grain free diet and now she barely itches….

    I'm sending massive hugs for all of you cos I know you all need them, you have the most awesome family - Get well soon,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

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  32. Oh, I'm sorry to read this about Freddie and how miserable he is. Are they sure it is allergies?

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  33. My heart goes out to you...I am hoping that this goes away...I am with Jen, I am wondering if it is allergies too since none of the usual meds are helping

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  34. I was wondering how things were going. I will send positive thoughts and energy your way. Poor guy, keep us posted.

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  35. Everyone pretty much already covered what I was going to say. We just feel so bad for poor itchy Freddie. I remember how my husband reacted when he touched the inside fluid of a century cactus plant with the results similar to what Freddie is experiencing now. It lasted for weeks. We are all saying prayers that Freddie can get some relief soon and you can get some relief from being so worried about him.

    Hugs

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  36. I feel bad for Freddie. My Freddy itches a lot too, especially around the ears. He has a breathing problem that we cannot get figured out. I just want to know what it is, and what to do to fix it so that Freddy isn't in agony anymore. I understand this!!

    Prayers for Freddie. It looks like Gloria is being a concerned sister. Sweet!

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  37. I am so sorry Freddie is having such a miserable time of it. You've probably already considered this but....Has anything changed in his diet (other than eating the trumpet vine, that is)? A new brand of food, or even a "re-formulation" of a ling time brand? Even a new treat or biscuit...Sometimes food allergies can be very debilitating.

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  38. I used to have the itchies before I switched my food to SOJOS!

    ~Mason

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  39. This seems to be the absolute worst year for seasonal allergies, both in dogs and people. Many people on the Airedale list have been discussing the problem. Like you, they have to try a number of remedies, including adding Omega-3 oil and switching to grain-free foods. It's really surprising that prednisone hasn't helped poor Freddie.

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  40. Woof! Woof! Oh Freddie ... I've been there. Check your food. There's a Canandian company that makes good dog food that help/relieved me with my allergies. Sending you Lots of Golden Healing Thoughts. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  41. I feel so bad for Fred and you guys. I know how worried you have been, and Freddie looks so miserable and depressed whenever I see him now :( I know how miserable itches from hives can be, so I can only imagine what this must be like for Fred! I hope things get better soon for all of you..it breaks my heart seeing him so sad.

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  42. Raising Daisy has nominated you for Share it Sunday this week. Just let me know it is OK I'll do the rest. The post is Whoopin' It Up In The Sun.
    Best wishes Molly

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  43. Oh sweet Freddie! We're hoping that he feels better soon. It does sound like a food allergy, poor baby! We're glad Gloria's taking care of him too.

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  44. You take care of Freddie, itching can be bad, Bites takes some over the counter allergy pills doing the summer months, it worked for him, will cross our paws for him to get better.

    Your Furends
    Susie & Recliner Bites

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  45. Poor Freddie! And it is so heartbreaking to see your boy suffering! We will keep our paws crossed for you and your boy and pray the vet comes up with an answer and effective treatment!

    Your friends,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  46. I am a bit behind on reading blogs so I am so sorry to hear Freddie is having such a difficult time with itching and now his rear end. I'm sure you have probably heard all this or even tried it but I want to throw it out there any way just in case. Have you tried switching foods to a no corn, soy or wheat diet? How about an oatmeal bath? I do hope is feeling better real soon!

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  47. Poor baby! I may have missed something, but are you sure it's not a food allergy? Nola has almost identical symptoms when she has corn or soy. Are there small, almost zit like bumps on his arm pits, above his tail or around his face?
    Somethings I've heard help with itching are salmon oil (get the highest quality), brewers yeast and flaxseed. The brewers and flax work for Nola and Auggie during the summer when they both have grass allergies
    Nola's Mom

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  48. I know you have so many people weighing in with remedies. For many people I know, allergens in the air are effectively treated with a teaspoon a day of local honey. Takes a couple of weeks to really kick in. Something to do with local bees eating pollen with local histimines. I just don't know if dogs can consume honey. Might be worth looking into if it's air borne allergens.

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  49. Poor Freddie, we hope that he feels better real soon. We will think of you and send out our Sibe Vibes right to your door.

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  50. Oh Freddie we went back and have been reading about your itchy problem. I feel bad for you. When I have hot spots Lee mixes a strong tea and witch hazel and dabs it on with a cotten ball, but since you itch all over that is not going to help. Sometimes I get to lick honey from a spoon. I hope a frost comes soon maybe that will kill what pollen in the air is bothering you.
    Sweet William The Scot

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  51. Have you had him allergy tested to find out exactly what is causing the itching? I just found your blog on the blog hop. So sorry - sounds like he is pretty miserable!

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  52. Oh poor Freddie, this must be so very stressful on you guys. I hope you get this sorted out soon for your sanity and his.

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  53. Oh, poor Freddie (and all of you)! It's so hard to see them suffering like that.

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  54. Sorry to hear about your itchies Mr. Freddie, it does not sound fun at all : ( and so hard on your Momma to see you like this. Sending my drool to you, yeah i wonders if that will help? Please take good care and we hopes you feel bettah real soon...! your friend, Worm

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  55. The biggest thing is to focus on your dogs. Poor Freddie. I also hear that stress can cause dogs to itch and overgroom (we had that problem with our chow years back). So keeping him calm and less frustrated may also be helpful.

    I hope you're right that it's that... I assume it's a plant? And it will be over soon.

    christie from lifewithbeagle.com

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  56. Hi! Here from the blog hop. So sad for you and Freddie. I ditto the other comments about the possible food allergies. My shih-tzu had ear infections that kept coming back - turned out they were due to food allergies. You can tell the difference if he eats something he shouldn't. Hope Freddie feels better soon!

    (This is my first time here so I haven't had a chance to review your blog to see if you've done food allergy testing. I'll be back after the hop to check in on Freddie).

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  57. Following a zillion tests and $$$ and trying everything for my Lily, this is what is working and has been for two years. Atopica and ketakonizole the the morning and atopica at dinner. Believe me when I tell you we tried meds, needles etc. also, no grain kibble. Good luck to your little one.. We know how it is. Lily even use to bleed under her arms from scratching. Also a cool bath one time per week and staying away from fresh cut grass
    Benny & Lily

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  58. Poor guy! Cali has terrible allergies and a steroid shot always seemed to calm things down enough for us to get us past it. I'm sorry he's not responding to the prednisone :( We have been through 13 years of allergies and I know how stressful and exhausting it can be to see them so uncomfortable. I hope he is feeling better soon!!! (and you too!!)

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  59. Poor Freddie. I've told you before, but Stetson has allergy and itchy problems too. Stetson has been off his Prednisone for about a month and we've been trying various things to get him to stop itching. The past couple days I've noticed a little extra itching. I hope his allergies aren't coming back.

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  60. Sending you the power of the Paw!!!! Hope you find something that helps soon.

    Doggy Kisses,
    Tanner

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  61. I am so sorry that Freddie is having such a tough time. I've been out of the loop recently and I wish that I'd visited sooner to offer my support. We are thinking of you, and we hope that your vet can figure out how to make Freddie more comfy very soon. We send our hope and strength to you.

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  62. Sorry to hear Freddie isn't doing any better. It really is hard to sit back and watch them suffer. My dogs have food allergies and it was difficult watching them mope around crying all day until we finally figured out the problem. I'll be thinking of you guys and hope your next post has much better news!

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  63. Oh Fred that is horrible that your still all itchy and scratchy it sounds like your human is doing a pawesome job looking after you and trying really hard to make the itch go away very quickly. We have all our paws crossed that you improve very soon and have no more itchy skin so you can sleep properly and play with your sister again. We also hope your hips are ok. Once again we got our paws crossed for you fred and we hope you get much better soon.

    From Milo & Jet

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  64. Freddie, I am sending hugs and kisses your way! Please stop your itching and let your Mommy and Daddy sleep thru the night. I sure hope that the vet can figure out what exactly you are allergic to so you can stay FAR AWAY from it from now on. You have a great Mom and Dad who spoil you rotten. I hope that your hips are ok, and that you are feeling better soon!!! Hugs and Kisses from us!

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  65. Freddie, sweetheart! I hope you get all better soon. I'll be sending lots of love and healing juju your way.

    Love,
    Tootsie

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  66. Freddie...you are way too cute to be sick:( We hope you are feeling better soon. Keeping our fingers and paws crossed that you get well soon! Sending lots of doggy hugs and kisses to you and Gloria! Hang in there buddy!

    ~Scout, Teddy and Ash

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  67. Keeping our Paws crossed Freddie, that you feel better real soon..Poped over to say Hi from Molly blog... xx00xx
    Mollie and Alfie

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  68. We saw you on Molly's blog and came over to say hi. We just met but feel very sad for your condition. We hope you get better well. Our Lady said she once had a very sick dog and she knows all the stress that can cause and she hopes your people remember to take a little time for themselves and nurse themselves out.

    Feel better soon. Hailey and Zaphod

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  69. I'm so sorry to hear about Freddy! Fingers crossed everything turns out alright! xoxo

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  70. Oh no! That stinks! My Murray gets irritated skin, but not to this extent. Hope it improves!

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  71. Oh Freddie, you lovable goofball, get well soon! <3
    I'm sorry he's been so itchy! Have you tried adding any oils to his food? Coconut oil, fish oil, or olive oil? Regular use of any one of those oils may help, if you want to look into that. There are also dog shampoos that may help sooth the itching. Happytails has one called Comfy Dog and there are many others out there. I've also seen a dog supplement for seasonal allergies, I believe it was made by Vet's Best, I've never tried it before, but it might be worth looking into.
    Good luck! I'm wishing him well, poor boy.

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  72. Poor fella! I am sending tons of love your way, with paws crossed that you start to get some relief!

    ~Higgins

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