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Old 01-08-2017, 04:06 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Re: Allergic reaction to... Snow?

Oh, I don't know Rick. It could be a question of not what it is but rather what it is not. Some allergies can be DX'd over the internet or even with a phone call. Especially if its something you have never seen but someone else has.

I spent weeks, months actually, and several thousand dollars with regular vets, specialists, and getting an MRI without resolution or a diagnosis on one of my dogs. All the vet told me was let the dog do what it felt comfortable doing. They didn't know nor did they have an answer. Then a WDF poster wrote about their BH who presented with a set of symptoms and was DX'd with Fibrocartilagenous Embolism and it sounded hauntingly familiar. When I looked it up - it was my V8 moment. My dog had had exactly the same symptoms, same onset, same presentation as their dog. In fact, my dog had presented with the "classic symptoms". To bad the OP hadn't written about their dog 2 years earlier. It would have saved me 10K in vet bills. When my dog had a reoccurrence of FCE, I recognized it immediately, knew what to call it, whereas I wouldn't have understood prior to the WDF post.

I have a good vet but they cannot compete with the enormous boots-on-the-ground experiences of this forum.
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Old 01-08-2017, 05:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Interesting thought Bob.. Definitely could have happened.. I had changed my linen and did a cursory spray of a 'febreze' about 5hr earlier... My girl is renowned for rooting under the covers and playing 'cover monster' with my other dog (basically she is under the covers biting his feet) so it is possible that she got residual on her face and reactivated it... Considering the chances spider lurked in the snow or she stick her nose in an active cat hole that had a slider suddenly in the area, it is the most plausible..

I agree with Sarah that diagnostic learning can occur online.. I do agree as well that vets can be totally oblivious to what is going on and are really on preview to their experiences in their practice... Online has the world, and while I wouldn't suggest using online as a sole source of knowledge or expertise, I do certainly utilize its capabilities.. No further reactions have occurred and I half dosed her in the morning as a final precaution... She ran 24hr urban trail in 0F yesterday, and outside of one area for a moment where she seemed to lose focus, something she never does, she did a brilliant job.. Thanks again everyone
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Re: Allergic reaction to... Snow?

I've never looked at thoughts and ideas on line as a diagnosis. Just helpful suggestions and not answers.
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Old 01-09-2017, 12:02 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I agree with Sarah that diagnostic learning can occur online..
I couldn't agree more. I did something along this line for other people roughly for about 10 years. I created a breed database while I spent literally thousands of hours to help track down answers for people that vets couldn't and breeders wouldn't help them with.

Misty, if you haven't cross referenced Febreeze and dogs, please do so.
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Old 01-09-2017, 12:15 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Re: Allergic reaction to... Snow?

I use Febreese in my Pontiac Vibe dog car and never had an issue but one or two dogs never make a good study sample.

.......Wife still wont ride in it though. go figure!
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Old 01-09-2017, 12:16 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Thanks Nicole.. I did do a search and while there is nothing coming conclusive, I will be more careful what I use... It wasn't febreze but a derivative of it~so possibly worse despite the 'safe for pets' listing... Also it was several hours post spraying, but if she rubbed her face and for whatever reason it reacted badly in her system it is enough for me to abort using it on anything my dogs may touch...

Snowing again today and no allergic reaction.. So snow is ruled out as an allergen ;p that is about the only thing I am sure of haha
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Old 01-13-2017, 08:25 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Re: Allergic reaction to... Snow?

Isn't that Febreeze bad for your dogs' nose, e.g. kind of like having gasoline or other strong odours etc. outside its kennel door? Wouldn't it mess with (desensitive) the dog's nose?
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Old 01-13-2017, 10:20 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Outside of a sneeze on occasion from my boy it doesn't harm them... Just like how we can walk into a bakery and be overwhelmed at first you all the odors, but soon they blend together and hardly notice is the same for dogs.. They learn to tune out odors they smell all the time (I rarely use febreze or other air fresheners) and learn to tune in what we ask them to
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Old 01-14-2017, 12:44 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Re: Allergic reaction to... Snow?

I use it almost exclusively in my dog car and I've never seen any issues including sneezing.

I do use it after I've had the dog in the car a few times.

My GSD is outside 24/7 so he may have a bit of an odor compared to a house dog.....but my wife seems to be the only one who notices it.
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Old 01-14-2017, 02:52 AM   #20 (permalink)
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My boy is the only one who sneezes and he does this if I put a little cologne on, or use essential oils.. He is just one of those types of dogs who has such a personality.. But my girl doesn't sneeze at all and she is the one that had the allergic reaction..

As to dog odor.. I know what you mean.. I don't smell it (unless a skunk gets kissed) but other do, lol
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