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Old 12-17-2012, 06:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2 Year Old GSD has odd allergies? Need advice.

I need some help on what to do with my 2 year old GSD. He has really dry skin, and he is constantly itching licking and scratching. So we brought him to the vet and they proscribed him Steroids while we did his blood work to find out what he is allergic to. It turns out he is allergic to Sweet Vernal Grass, Sycamore Trees and Birch... is this normal? Has anyone else ever experienced something similar and had good results from vacinations or other treatments?

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it is odd they would be bothering him this time of year. people who know much more than i "might" suggest a food change" and/or other remedies. they will be along shortly.
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it is odd they would be bothering him this time of year. people who know much more than i "might" suggest a food change" and/or other remedies. they will be along shortly.
LOL Hunter, I was just going to do a quick skim, about to feed my dog, but may as well get details.

What food?
What (if any) suppliments
When and what was last vaccine and vax schedule
Is spot on or pill form heartworm prevention (fleas/tick too)used, from when to when
Any other meds
Any other "issues" - bowel, ears, eye goop,
When did this start? Most prominant locations, one sided, itch same on both, any blackening of skin of inner thigh or arm pits, lesions
Is he neutered, if yes, when

Where do you live and do you have type grasses and tree's
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Steroids may relive some of the itching but it is actually covering up the problem instead of curing it.
Could be food, could be a miasm from vaccinations.
If you are interested in trying Homeopathy (which treats the root of the problem and helps to re-balance the system) for this, you can pm me, I'd be happy to help!
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LOL Hunter, I was just going to do a quick skim, about to feed my dog, but may as well get details.

What food?
What (if any) suppliments
When and what was last vaccine and vax schedule
Is spot on or pill form heartworm prevention (fleas/tick too)used, from when to when
Any other meds
Any other "issues" - bowel, ears, eye goop,
When did this start? Most prominant locations, one sided, itch same on both, any blackening of skin of inner thigh or arm pits, lesions
Is he neutered, if yes, when

Where do you live and do you have type grasses and tree's
Thanks for all the responses.

I switched his food over the summer to a Hypo alergenic food I believe it was duck and potato? Generally I feed Hercules Royal Canine he seems to like it the best. Using the Duck and Potato game him the same results.

As far as the supliments or the steroids the vet subscribed Temaroil P and Cephalexin. I just started the fish oil in his food. It has only been 2 weeks but since the last time we put him on the same exact steroids there has been no itching licking or scratching.

Im not 100% sure when his vaccines were done the vet says hes good for a while.

Everything started about a year ago. I live in Pittsburgh,PA right next to the Pittsburgh Airport. I cant tell if this all started last year when I moved around this time, since it was winter. I started to notice all the itching licking and scratching around the summer time.
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Temaril P is a pretty sketchy drug for an unknown itchy skin problem (however you cannot just stop it)


What side effects may be seen when taking Temaril-P?
Side effects are usually dose dependent. If side effects occur, contact your veterinarian, who may decrease the dosage or frequency of administration. Side effects may include sedation, exposed third eyelid, muscle tremors, weakness, blood disorders, and an increase in drinking, eating, and urinating. Your pet may have more "accidents" and need to go outside or use the litter box more often. Less common side effects include increased appetite, weight gain, panting, diarrhea, vomiting, and behavior changes.
Side effects of long-term use include muscle loss, weakness, and the development of diabetes or hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's disease). The typical signs of these diseases are increased thirst, urination, and appetite. Animals with Cushing's disease may also develop thin skin, a poor hair coat, and a "pot-belly."
Immune system suppression may occur, especially on higher doses, making a pet more susceptible to infection. Contact your veterinarian if your pet has a fever (over 103 F), painful urination (a sign of urinary tract infection), tiredness, and sneezing, coughing, or runny eyes.

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Have you considered that processed food may be the problem? If allergies are only to plants, then you could try benedryl, or quercetin/bromelien combo.

Raw food - grain and carb free
This may be yeasty issue too, relates to imbalance in the adrenals. Taking out all sugars from diet (carbs, peas, grains, potato's, etc.) adding raw organic cold pressed coconut oil (do forum search for threads on this) at 1tsp./10lbs of body weight (slowly at min. dose and work up over a month if full grown, 2 tblsps. re: detox).

Is he neutered/when?
Any skin changes, raw lesions or blackening?
Any "pest prevention"?
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Can you afford to see a board certified dermatologist? That's where I would start if you have the money and your regular vet can't figure it out.
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Invest in an integrative vet (holistic DVM) and change diet from processed to natural, limit toxins (incl. immuno suppressents/steroids), this is a band-aide effect that will lead to further illness. A derm will run tests to find staph or some other - this can be treated from the inside out with what nature intended - real whole food, NOT cephalaxin and steroids, pesticides (heartworm/flea/tick), aluminum, mercury,formaldihyde (all in the adjuvants of vaccines), rendered fats (carcinogens sprayed on the food-cooked fats are toxic), processed meats devoid of natural enzymes and amino acids, high carb foods that spike insulin levels.

How come vets never blame the drugs they use and always blame the food
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Can you afford to see a board certified dermatologist? That's where I would start if you have the money and your regular vet can't figure it out.
Only 10 % of allergies are food allergies.
That said, there's an "allergy bucket" and when it's full of allergens, other things can trigger.

OP, try fish/sweet potato or even venison or bison.
If dog's allergic to chicken, there can be cross reactivity to duck.
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Here is a list from the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) in PA if you decide to change. Most Western Medicine veterinarians are not versed in holistic practices to get to the root of problems like these. Choose one with as many modality credentials as possible, especially if they are versed in Homotoxicology/Homeopathy. It will be worth the trip!

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