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Detergent allergy

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Rhia, Nov 24, 2020.

  1. Rhia

    Rhia PetForums Member

    Dec 1, 2016
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    So I mentioned a week or so ago about Margot itching her belly, well it seemed to ease. It's now come back worse and I've noticed a little rash under her armpit tonight, she seems itchy all over. No signs of fleas at all, I've checked about 20 times!! She finished her season about a month ago.
    The only thing different is my mum took an old blanket from my garden the other week and washed it, she said she had to wash it 3 times to get the smell out of it, I think Margot had peed on it at some point and I'd thrown it outside.
    Anyway Margot has been cuddling up on it a lot, I have even put it in her crate the last few nights and rhe itching has been worse todsy Could she be allergic to the detergent?
    I'm going to take her to the vets tomorrow but just seeing if anyone had any ideas.
  2. Sarah H

    Sarah H Grand Empress of the Universe

    Jan 18, 2014
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    Yes she certainly could be allergic to it if she's used to a different one. If she's never had a reaction like that before, and the only change is that piece of bedding being washed, then it would be top of my list of possibilities.
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  3. Torin.

    Torin. PetForums VIP

    May 18, 2014
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    For future reference if there's something else really stinky, biological washing powder where you're using about half the guideline amount at a low temperature (more than 40 and the enzymes are denatured) having first had a long soak is much more effective. Basically the enzymes (what makes it "bio") are ones which are great at breaking down things like urine and sweat - it's what vets and rescues use for this exact reason. Long with much less of the stuff (so the pre-soak etc.) is just as if not more effective than lots of high-quantity shorter time goes (so the repeat washes), with the added bonus that rinsing fully is much easier because of the ratio of washing powder vs water.

    But yeah I agree that that's most likely the cause, especially as with the repeat washes there's going to be a low of detergent residue whichever way you look at it.
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