It wasn't long after Nibbles joined the Scottie Mom family that I developed my theory of how Nibbles got her name. A playful yet sometimes shy pup, Nibbles can be found sitting atop any pillow in the house, paws outstretched and...you guessed it, nibbling away at them. It is a near constant occurrence and something I knew pretty early on that we would have to address with the V-E-T.
As it turns out, the V-E-T thinks the nibbling could be a result of something allergy related. Having suspected that early on, I switched Nibbles to a limited ingredient diet shortly after she and Pudley joined the family thinking a simple diet change would do the trick. It did for Mr. K all those years ago. When the nibbling didn't stop, I consulted the V-E-T once more and learned of a bacteria that is growing in her ears that could be the culprit for her ear issues as well as the excessive nibbling.
The V-E-T recommended starting Nibbles on prednisone and clavamox to clear up her ears and maybe help cut down her nibbling on her paws. A week or so into treatment and I've seen mild improvement but not enough. I'll soon start wiping her paws with baby wipes when we return from walks, per the V-E-T's recommendation, and we'll make weekly visits to the V-E-T to have the bacteria cleaned out from her ears in hopes that, too, will help.
Aside from the nibbling and not liking frequent visits to the V-E-T, Nibbles hardly seems bothered by her allergies. She runs around the Scottie House stealing toys from the boys and is always ready to alert the troops if so much as a peep is heard just outside one of the doors. Still, I know she can't be too comfortable if she feels she has to nibble on her paws every time she rests atop a pillow. Tell us: have you ever had a pup with allergies and if so, how did you treat them?