My dog cooper has been having an issue with his paws that are swollen

Cooper1990

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My dog cooper has been having an issue with his paws being really swollen, and after 3 different vets and 4 visits total in the past month and different medications and skin scrapes they cant seem to figure out whats wrong with him, hes now been having facial swelling and hives over his body, I feel so bad for my dog and hate to see him not being his normal self. Has anybody else had an issue like this that im describing? They said its an alergic reaction to something but nothing has changed around the house or his routine to develope one, please help
 

mechi2

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I have no advice to help you, just want to say sorry your dog is having this problem. Sometimes allergies develop from things that didn't cause issues before. What sort of tests did the vets do?
 

Cooper1990

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I have no advice to help you, just want to say sorry your dog is having this problem. Sometimes allergies develop from things that didn't cause issues before. What sort of tests did the vets do?
Thank you for your reply , between the 2 different vets they did skin scrapes to check for mites which came back negative. And did a blood test to check for heart worm and lymes disease and a fecal check for parasites which came back negative for everything accept for Lymes disease , they also all tried prescribing antibiotics and a steroid and put him on Benadryl which isnt really helping
 

CatMom1994

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The vets are doing too much. You need to take your dog to a dermatologist. Do you live near a vet school?
 

mechi2

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Maybe take your dog off dog food and give him home cooked meals for a while to see if that makes a difference. You can find lots of homemade recipes for dogs on the internet.
 

Cooper1990

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Thank you for your replies its very much appreciated, I tried to look up a local vet school but I'm not sure if they are closed or not due to the corona virus going around and the one vet had recommended switch his food to the hills diet for skin/food sensitivities and with the last few days we havnt noticed anything getting better with him.
 

CatMom1994

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Veterinary hospitals can stay open under the "essential services" label. Only humams can be killed by the coronavirus.
 

mechi2

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It might take a couple of weeks before you see any difference. You could still try home made over the Hill's diet.
 

Alpha1

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Hello and welcome! Sorry to hear about Cooper, aside from the swelling, does he seem to be in any pain? I've never had this problem with my dogs, but if I come across some helpful info, I'll post it here.
 

linda2147

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tale the dog to a vet school or vet teaching hospital. They will give you the answer and treatment he needs. These places work miracles as they won't stop looking until they have the answer
 

Alpha1

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@Cooper1990 Looks like from this article it may be allergy related, you may need to get tests taken or go to a specialist. My vet is still open, but they may come out to the car and take the dog in without you if needed. Vets always push Hills Diet, as far as I know. I think it's junk food, but if you can find the ingredients the dog needs to have or avoid, you can probably work around it.

Whatever you do, I wouldn't recommend letting them give him a Cytopoint injection for the allergy, a lot of people here reported severe side effects after getting that shot, up to and including death. I wouldn't have my dog get it after all I've read here.

http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-health/dog-diseases-conditions-a-z/a-quick-guide-allergic-reactions-dogs
 

CatMom1994

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Alpha's comment about Cytopoint is an understatement. There are more threads about the dangers of that shot than any other topic of this forum since it came out in 2017.
 


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