Summertime weather here in the Northern Catskills – temps in the mid-70’s – unreal – and winter still has 2 days left. Just last week the road crews were using cold patch on pot holes. Well, Miel, our 4 YO Sheltie went for his usual free walk around the neighborhood – unleashed, he has free rein of the area. He came back just covered in tar, blacktop, dirt, whatever. He must have gotten into one of the now ‘hot’ cold patches on the road. His gorgeous white chest and shoulders just covered in it.
Thanks to the ‘net we decided to use olive oil to try to remove it. Seems to have worked – the chunks and bits of tar and blacktop loosened and fell off. It took a bit more effort to try to clean his long fur. Can’t tell if worked yet – his fur is a bit oily despite a good washing. At least it’s not ‘tacky’. 2 side effects tho – his once blazing white fur now has an yellow-olive tint; and his fur is curling, sort of like Kenny G. What better way to spend a couple of hours with the dog.
Rex has food and environmental allergies. His vet had his blood tested and it showed that he was allergic to beef, dairy, eggs, rice, oats, barley, lamb, and a little bit to turkey. The vet put him on Hill’s DD and said limit the treats. Eventually all of the fur he’d scratched off grew back, but he still gets very itchy in the spring/summer when he goes in the water a lot and the wood and weeds where we hike grow higher. I eventually took him off the Hill’s and put him on Natural Balance fish and potato and when he was bored last winter tried the duck and sweet potato. I use carrots for treats and occasionally make him a sweet potato or give him some fresh or cooked fish or chicken. He gets salmon or fish oil every day and if he is really itchy a couple of benedryl. I would like to try the yeast starvation diet with chicken or fish, but what would I use in place of the eggs and their shclls for calcium? Thank you for you suggestions.