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August 11, 2011 at 8:00 AMComments: 2 Faves: 0

My Quilt vs. Romeo's Allergies

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Paws & Awws Blog Series

Good Morning Fellow Pet Owners!

As I sit down to write this, I am yawning, wiping my tired eyes, and on my second cup of java. I am exhausted! Let me explain why in more detail.

You know Murphy's Law? - "If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong." Well, let me share a story of Murphy's Law. It happened at 4:00 am and, of course, involved my Romeo!

First, some history.

Romeo's Special Diet

My Romeo has been diagnosed with "stomach and skin" problems since he was a puppy. I've been told by my vet that he has food and skin allergies. He is on raw diet to help his tummy digest his food much easier and control his allergies.

Unfortunately, over the past few months, Romeo has become more finicky when it comes to feeding time. His new routine is to run over to his bowl (like he is so excited to eat), take one sniff, and run away and go play. Then, five minutes later, he repeats the process, and, sometimes, he chooses to not eat at all.

He used to eat his food right away with no hesitation!

You're probably thinking, "Just leave his food out for awhile," aren't you? Well, normally this wouldn't be an issue - unless you live with Izzy (our other dog).

Izzy is a bonafide FOOD HOUND. She'll eat anything and everything if left out - cat food, dark chocolate, coffee - yes coffee, there is a funny story about this but that will have to be another blog. If we don't pay attention to Izzy, she will gulp Romeo’s food down in 30 seconds or less. So, we must have patience and a watchful eye, so Romeo will eventually eat his meal.

An Unpleasant Surprise

Because of his food allergies, every few months, Romeo has an "episode" of vomiting or severe diarrhea which, 90% of the time, occurs in the middle of the night when I'm sleeping! A very pleasant example - a few months ago, Romeo was in bed sleeping with us when he had a bad case of diarrhea, which, I woke up to discover, was all over our quilt. Though Romeo survived this bad tummy ache, my quilt did not, as it ended up in the garbage that night.

I did what any girl would do in this situation, I went out and purchased a new bedding set. After this happened, I decided Romeo was banished to his doggie bed. I was done waking up in the middle of the night to clean up a mess all over our bedding. As much as I like to shop, we can't afford to keep purchasing new bedding :'(

Since then, however, Romeo has been doing great in his doggie bed - no "barfing or diarrhea" episodes have occurred.

Murphy's Law

My sister was in town visiting us, and, like any good sister, I prepared the house for her arrival; I cleaned, washed the laundry, painted, and organized. I even sent my quilts to the cleaners to get washed. The day my sister was due to fly in, I prepared the bedroom and put the freshly laundered quilt on the bed.

See where this is going?

I picked my sister up from the airport at 12:30 am, and we got to bed around 1:30 am. Exhausted and not in the right frame of mind, I decided that little Romeo could have the privilege of sleeping with us on the bed.

Here's where Murphy's Law comes in.

4:00 in the morning I wake to Romeo barfing his brains out - and yes - all over my freshly laundered, clean quilt!

UGH!

So, there I was scrubbing the quilt at 4:00 am (the majority of it was on my sister's side of the bed) as my sister lay there sleeping through it (she sleeps with an eye mask on). As I was scrubbing the quilt with the bedroom lights on, my sister had no clue what was going on until, 5 minutes before I was finished, she lifted her eye mask and asked me what I was doing.

"Murphy's Law just slapped me in the face."

The day I put a freshly laundered, clean quilt on my bed and chose to let Romeo sleep on the bed was the day that, "if it could go wrong, it did go wrong"!

Romeo is doing better - as he always does once he has one of his episodes. I've discussed Romeo's issue with my vet and because it is infrequent and not consistent, there really isn't much the vet can do for him. And, as for the quilt, it survived the barfing episode....so my husband is relieved that we don't have to run out to the store and purchase a new one - again.

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2 Comments

  • Awww, poor little guy! I'm glad your quilt survived this time :)

    Does the special dog food work? Do you use anything else to treat his allergies? I suspect my dog has allergies and I want to bring her some relief before it gets too bad.

  • Hi Laura...
    Yes, the dog food is a god-send.....the only 2 ingredients are duck and potato....that is it....nothing else, no fillers, no corn, no wheat, no rice, nada, zip, zero...just duck and potato....the food does work, it is vet-prescribed food only, meaning you can only purchase it through your vet and it is extremely expensive, but the money isn't the issue here, I will do anything to help my little fur man!

    When he is having a bad case of the itchies, I do give him one tablet of children's Benadryl to help relieve him of it. I am very interested in looking into a more natural and holistic way to help with Romeo....so I plan on investigating this. He was diagnosed of being allergic to grass! Isn't that so sad, a DOG allergic to grass....my poor Romeo....

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