Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Lake Tahoe Area
While your vet MAY be right it seems that a skin test might find a few environmental allergens that can be avoided... cedar, cats, fleas, etc. I had an aussie with bad environmental allergens. We called UC DAVIS dermatology and a kind doc there discussed the case and then referred me to a vet dermatologist. We did shots for a year with no real luck (but some of my friends have had great luck with the shots). I did diet elimentations and raw with no luck. I also did Tavist long term and that was helpful (Tavist being an over the counter med - vet recommended trying different allergy meds to find the best one).
I would call your local vet school hospital and try to get referrals.
As someone said, it is about quality of life. Don't throw out the steroids just because YOU are scared of them. BUT do pursue if some other method works to improve his life.
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