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  1. Silvia @ skinny jeans food
    January 3, 2012

    I am glad Maddie is doing fine! I always have similar concerns when one of my cats has to go under for teeth cleaning or other procedures. Try to minimize it as much as possible.

    Can they do allergy tests for dogs?

    I sometimes think vets are slightly irresponsible because they often give human meds to dogs or cats, just in lower dosage, but those can have significant side effects for animals.
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    • Shae
      January 3, 2012

      The fact that vets give animals human meds is not irresponsible- they only do this when there is considerable evidence (i.e. actual science) the drugs will be effective and safe for the pet.

      • Silvia @ skinny jeans food
        January 4, 2012

        Effective and safe might be ok, but how much research is really put into studying side effects?
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  2. Krissy @ Shiawase Life
    January 3, 2012

    Glad Maddie is okay!!!
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  3. Kristy @ KristyRuns
    January 3, 2012

    You are a genius. I can’t believe putting that soup together was so fast. I am definitely not that skilled in the kitchen.

    Glad everything went well with Maddie. Interested to hear what the dr. says about your previous experience with that med.
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  4. Melanie
    January 3, 2012

    Glad she is doing well!! I remember reading about Abbie and can’t imagine how terrible that was for you! Definitely speak to the vet about your concerns and maybe investigate a homeopathic remedy too? Lots of natural cures out there even for our animals.

    Saw this online and thought it might be helpful: http://www.jack-russell-terrier.co.uk/forum/read.php?9,26674

    Good luck!


  5. Lindsay H
    January 3, 2012

    My parents have a dog with seasonal allergies who also chews on his feet. When his allergies are bothering him, my mom washes his feet in warm water and baking soda when he comes in from the backyard. Maybe try that before any sort of medicine?

  6. Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife
    January 3, 2012

    I love a delicious soup–and sweet potatoes make ’em so awesome. Looks good, girl!!

    Hope everything goes okay with Maddie!!

  7. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats
    January 3, 2012

    Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear about your first dog! That must have been awful to go through! Definitely voice your concerns to the vet! and on a lighter note, I really need an immersion blender to make soups like that!
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  8. Cait’s Plate
    January 3, 2012

    Glad Maddie made it out okay! And I know I say this ALL the time but I can’t get over how creative you are with food! It never ceases to amaze me! I would absolutely NEVER have thought to do something like that! Love it :)
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  9. Lindsay @ Running the Windy City
    January 3, 2012

    I totally understand how scared you must be! Ahh! Definitely talk to the vet and hear them out but make sure you’re comfortable with the decision! Good luck!
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  10. Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    January 3, 2012

    I am so glad to hear that Maddie is doing well!

    And that soup looks lovely!! POtatoes are the way that I normally thicken up soups!

  11. Kelly
    January 3, 2012

    My dog, too, has allergy problems, and my vet just recommended Benadryl. The same kind we use. He said it’s 1mg of pill per 1pound of dog. So, if you have a 15 pound dog, you give it 15mg of Benadryl. So far, so good with us – but the itching and feet licking have not gone away totally. It’s lessened, but not gone.

  12. Dori
    January 3, 2012

    Glad you are discussing this with the vet. I would be a wreck too, but I am sure the chances of the same allergy are extremely slim and Maddie will be fine! Curious to hear what the vet says. Also, don’t be afraid to get a second opinion.
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  13. Lara
    January 3, 2012

    Meghann, my dog does the same thing- biting her feet and being itchy. Honestly, I don’t think it’s a big enough deal to risk it with the medicine. Unless she’s biting to the point of bleeding or causing sores, it just means she’s itchy. We have given our dog Benadryl but it doesn’t really help much so we just leave her be. You can go to the pet store and get a spray with Cortisone and/or something that tastes bad so she will stop biting her feet. Or even ask the vet if they can prescribe a stronger cream? Just be careful…

  14. Brita
    January 3, 2012

    I second Kelly! My parents’ dog takes Benadryl for his allergies, and has for years. It doesn’t totally take away the issue, but he definitely is more comfortable when he takes it. He also takes Pepcid AC for his tummy… basically, he has a lot of special needs :)
    I’ve also used homeopathic remedies on my own dog with success! She had a growth that the doctor said I would have to surgically remove, and it ended up going away after medicating with oregano oil (recommended by Caitlin from HTP).
    Good luck with Maddie!

  15. Cara @ I Don’t Believe in Diets
    January 3, 2012

    My dogs also lick their feet when they have allergies to the point that it bleeds sometimes. But after switching their food they have gotten a LOT better (apparently a lot of dog food has some crazy crap in it, and you have to be pretty careful). With your past I would recommend trying to go a less medicinal way if you can at first just in case.
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  16. Laurin
    January 3, 2012

    We adopted an English Bulldog with terrible allergies, he was missing clumps of hair on his back and he was on allergy shots for a long time. My mom ended up taking him from us and her vet recommended that she bathe him in oatmeal soap and follow up with baby lotion and Gold Bond powder on his skin. It worked like a charm, he came off the allergy meds and his hair grew back. Plus, he smelled fantastic!
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  17. Danielle @ Long May You Run
    January 3, 2012

    My two Jacks lick their feet all.the.time. I think it has half to do with their neurosis (ah terriers) and the other part having to do with allergies/dirt/rocks/etc. After we get back from the dog park or a hike (or whenever they won’t leave their feet alone), we make them stand in a few inches of warm, Epsom salt water for 5-10 minutes. Seems to do the trick every time, and I’m willing to do just about anything to avoid drugs!
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  18. Elizabeth
    January 3, 2012

    I have an older dog with seasonal allergies. The vet prescribed about every possible antihistamine for him, and he also takes an oral steroid when it REALLY gets bad. But one of the most important things is to get the allergen off the skin, so it can’t itch her. Which means wiping/bathing her paws every time she comes inside, and regular baths! I put baby wipes right by the back door as a reminder. Switching dog foods can also help, but if this is just a temporary / seasonal issue, you might not need to mess with her diet. Best of luck to Maddie!
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  19. Irina G (Fit Flexitarian)
    January 3, 2012

    I love this soup! It sounds absolutely delicious. I might try to make it for myself, though I might actually do it in the slow cooker and let it stew overnight instead. I still count it as an easy soup, though, since all I have to do is throw in ingredients 😉

  20. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups
    January 3, 2012

    The soup looks delicious! I have an immersion blender that my fiance’s mom gave to me, but I have yet to use it. I need to bust it out!
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  21. kimmy
    January 3, 2012

    My dog just passed away on Thursday (he was hit by a car while my husband was holding the lease). I say talk to the vet and do whatever you are comfortable with!

  22. Shana
    January 3, 2012

    If Abbie were a child you would be in jail for negligent homicide. Grow up you immature immature little girl.

    • Cee
      January 3, 2012

      You should be ashamed of yourself for this comment.

    • Katie
      January 3, 2012

      Wow. You’re really a special kind of asshole, aren’t you?

    • Jesse
      January 3, 2012

      Why would she be?? because she gave her medicine that a vet prescribed? I really don’t understand this comment unless you are just trying to be cruel and ridiculous.

    • Emily G.
      January 3, 2012

      If Abbie were a child, and Meghann gave her the medicine PRESCRIBED by a DOCTOR and filled by a pharmacist, how would she be in jail for negligent homicide? When the dog started itching, she took her to the vet and gave her the medicine as prescribed – that’s far from negligent in my book. That’s what any mother or fur-mommy would do! I think it would be the doc that would be tied up in a malpractice case or in jail (ie: Conrad Murray!).

      • Shae
        January 3, 2012

        Nope. Did you even read what Meghann wrote about what happened? Vet prescribed meds, dog had an allergic reaction. Then Meghann gave the dog the SAME drug again (without consulting the vet). So…yeah. If you knew your kid was allergic to peanuts, would you try feeding him a PB&J just to see what happened? It is really sad what happened and quite honestly Meghann I’m surprise you wrote about it the first time, let alone brought it up yet again.

      • Emily G.
        January 3, 2012

        I did read..she said Abbie had similar itching problems that Maddie has. Abbie had an allergic reaction which caused her to stop breathing. When the vet talked to her about giving the meds to Maddie she was concerned and said she would talk to the vet when she went to pick Maddie up.

        Unless it was edited in the time you and I commented, or I’m not reading correctly – I don’t see your point.

      • Shae
        January 3, 2012

        The original commenter you were replying to who said the nasty comment was talking about Abbie. Abbie had a known allergy, and was given that same medication again with a fatal result. I believe that is why “Shana” mentioned negligence-nothing to do with Maddie, really. That’s all.

      • Meghann
        January 3, 2012

        There was never any concrete evidence that the medicine was what led to the first reaction. Yes, it was my fault for not consulting the vet before giving Abbie the medicine again, but I did have other friends and family tell me that they didn’t believe that was what caused it. When you have those thoughts going through your head and you see your puppy suffering, you give them the medicine again just to see if will help them. I went against mother’s intuition that the medicine was bad for Abbie and paid the ultimate price for it. I never said I wasn’t at fault, but I have made peace with what happened. I shared the story because at the time I was still in grieving and angry for myself with what happened. It was therapeutic to get it out there.

      • Shae
        January 3, 2012

        Thanks Meghann. That is a really nice response…I’m sorry for what happened. We are all guilty of such mistakes at some point, I’m sure, and there is nothing worse than seeing someone you love suffer. I guess I was just surprised you mentioning the story again because clearly some people get really riled up about topics relating to dogs/pets.

  23. Mindy L @ clueless nut
    January 3, 2012

    Yum, the soup looks delicious! I LOVE SOUP. Thankful that the holidays are over so I can get back to my regular lunch and supper meals.

  24. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    January 3, 2012

    Hope you get something figured out for Maddie’s itching that makes you comfortable. I’d imagine that definitely stirs up some bad memories.
    I’m taking my dog to the vet tomorrow actually for teeth cleaning too (and wart removal from her head! haha). She’s been under a few times b/c she tore her ACL when she was 1 and had to have surgery to fix that but it makes me nervous every time.
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  25. Sarah K B
    January 3, 2012

    My dog also has allergies; she gets rashes on her feet and in her ears. You might want to try feeding her special allergen free food and treats (you can probably buy them from your vet) and stop giving her people food. That is what we do with my dog and it has really helped.

  26. Army Amy*
    January 3, 2012

    I’m glad Maddie’s visit went smoothly. I get freaked when I take my dog to the vet. He’s my baby, you know? Trust your insticts! Considering what you went through with Abbie, I wouldn’t use that same medicine again either.*
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  27. Lish
    January 3, 2012

    I’ve never had to have my dog’s teeth cleaned and he’s almost 7. My vet just recommends brushing once a week with some chemical free doggy toothpaste she has for sale at the office. She told me she only used “going under” for teeth cleaning if the dog would have no part in manual brushing or if she found a dental problem. So far the weekly brushing has been good enough for my guy. Nice teeth and no stinky breath!

  28. Courtney
    January 3, 2012

    My mom uses a bone on her dog that is made specially for cleaning dog’s teeth. It’s green and as the dog chews it, the bone cleans their teeth and breath. Definitely a lot easier than brushing their teeth!

  29. Ann
    January 3, 2012

    I have been craving sweet potato, so I may have to try this. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Erin
    January 3, 2012

    The AC thing used to kill me growing up in Florida!! It would be swampy outside and freezing in my high school (or the mall, or the movies, or… everywhere). It was totally impossible to dress for that!! Ahhh, memories :)

  31. Shannon
    January 3, 2012

    I never think to make soup! You are always making some good soup, and I’m definitely jealous. Goal for 2012…more soup!
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  32. Nikki T
    January 3, 2012

    Glad to hear that Maddie did well at the vet!
    I have a suggestion to help with Maddie’s teeth staying cleaner longer…I give my lab, Bella, bully sticks which are all natural, dehydrated bull penis (sounds wonderful, hey?!) She loves them as a treat and they help to ‘floss’ her teeth and keep them pearly white!
    I order them online, but since you live in the USA, you may have more access to them at a cheaper price than I do in Canada…there is often cross border issues with these types of products it would seem.
    I order them from a website called bullysticks.ca, maybe you could find something similar if you wanted to try them for Maddie.
    Good Luck!

  33. Christine @ BookishlyB
    January 3, 2012

    I’ve got to get an immersion blender!

    Poor pup. I don’t blame you for a second, I’d be really hesitant too. Is her skin allergic to something? Maybe there’s some sort of wash or something you could use on them. Or doggy Benedryl.
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  34. jana @ newly wife healthy life
    January 3, 2012

    I am sorry Maddie isn’t feeling well. I can totally understand your medication concerns and I would definitely voice my worries to the vet as well. My favorite fast soup is incredibly easy. Just boil a little chicken broth with some onion, celery, egg noodles, and a little flour to thicken it up. If I have it on hand, I throw in diced carrots, chopped broccoli or sliced mushrooms too. My mom makes it all the time when she needs a quick meal and it only takes about 10 to 15 minutes, start to finish.

  35. Ellen
    January 3, 2012

    Have you thought about changing her diet? My dog did the same thing, chewing his feet until they bled. He also was super anxious and had separation anxiety, among other behavioral problems. His allergies, dry skin, and behavior problems went away when I switched him to a raw, grain free diet. He basically just eats meat and it has worked WONDERS for him. It’s super easy too, and cheaper than fancy organic dog food. His teeth are cleaned by the bones so I don’t have to get his teeth cleaned (bonus: much better breath!). It really is like a miracle. I’d recommend it to all dog owners.

    More info: http://www.rawlearning.com/rawfaq.html

  36. Ali
    January 3, 2012

    I made this soup tonight (okay, with my own few tweaks based on what I had on hand, as we all do) and it was terrific. Really! Thanks for dinner :)

  37. Meg at runridelove.com
    January 3, 2012

    I would be worried also if i were you, you just want to get all of the information! And not be misinformed. A few years ago my pup had kennel cough. But, since she did not response to the first round of antibiotics, they wanted to run more tests. In the end, they tried to tell me my happy healthy 5 year old dog had an enlarged heart, which was causing the coughing and she was going to die. To extend her life I was going to have to keep her quiet, put her on all sorts of meds….blah blah blah. I took her to my parents vet at home for a second opinion, and go figure.Kennel Cough. All they had to do was try a different antibiotic. It went away in days. I never went back to the vet to tried to tell me that Mae was dying. Since 3 years later, she is running all over the place, and is as active as anywhere!
    So get all the information, and if you are even a little unsure, get another opinion!!!
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  38. Cheryl
    January 3, 2012

    This seems like a good use for kale. I’m trying to get it into my meals. I keep buying it, meaning to make kale chips, or cooking it some how and not enjoying it. I will befriend it this year…I’m determined!
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  39. Nicole
    January 3, 2012

    My dogs eat those Greenie bones from the vet. They are kind of pricey but they love them and they keep their teeth clean. :)
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  40. Emily
    January 4, 2012

    What kind of doggie toothbrushes does she recommend? I might need to try it!
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  41. Rachel
    January 4, 2012

    Dear Internet trolls,
    Seriously?! In case you couldn’t tell, meghann is a real, live, breathing person who loves her dog to pieces. Another dose of benadryl isn’t reason to relate this to sending her to jail if this were a human baby. She obviously felt horrible for maddie and was trying to help her. And it isn’t like she comes from an idiot family, her mom is a nurse who has cared for me in the hospital several times. Chill out and quit being trolls.

  42. Allison
    January 4, 2012

    Loving soups and stews with the current cold weather… But sadly, I’ve only made one stew and have been relying on Mr. Campbell a little too much- should change that ASAP!
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