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Old 02-03-2014, 11:33 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Ask your vet about Allerderm Spot On. My vet told me he has seen good results on dogs skin. It is available for large dogs.

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I will ask about this-but hopefully this spot on treatment doesn't come with it's own set of side effects.
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ohhh no-I don't want to compromise his immune system or damage his organs! Because of the elimination diets not resolving his allergies the vet did not recommend allergy testing because she said his allergies are most likely environmental and not avoidable.

I have not tried the raw diet. Not sure how to even do that and we are on a tight budget. I mean would he need lots of vegetables as well to balance his diet, and how much meat would I give him per meal? I'd have no idea how to feed him that way and he is a big boy weighs well over 100 lbs and the steroids make him constantly hungry like a raving woof and thats no exaggeration. He has been trying to eat everything even my daughters crayons.

*And the steroid he is on is Prednisone.
If it's environmental, have you tried OTC allergy medicine like benadryl or claritin? Maybe something to speak to your vet about if you haven't already.

And if you want to look into a raw diet, check out this site. It's got all the information you'd need about how to feed, if veggies are needed, costs, etc.

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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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There is a new allergy drug that just became available last month but I haven't tried it, it's called "Apoquel"

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If it's environmental, have you tried OTC allergy medicine like benadryl or claritin? Maybe something to speak to your vet about if you haven't already.

And if you want to look into a raw diet, check out this site. It's got all the information you'd need about how to feed, if veggies are needed, costs, etc.

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Thanks…..greatly appreciate this info!
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There is a new allergy drug that just became available last month but I haven't tried it, it's called "Apoquel"

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Will ask the vet about this. Thanks
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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.
Brutus is given the steroid through pills at home-I have reduced what he is taking even further by cutting the pills in half-it's just enough to control the itching so its tolerable but not completely gone-I am trying to keep him on the lowest possible dose. The OTC med idea is a good one-I will also ask the vet about this. Thanks!
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I know a dog allergic to grain mites. Owner's vet recommended freezing the kibble before feeding.
I was told it made a difference.
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I know a dog allergic to grain mites. Owner's vet recommended freezing the kibble before feeding.
I was told it made a difference.
hmm-that's interesting.
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Will ask the vet about this. Thanks
Every spring when all the pollen comes out, my female itches like crazy and gets those green things in her eyes. She doesn't get hot spots, but she does itch a ton. It happens every spring and goes away once all the pollen is gone.

I'll give her a claritin and it almost completely stops the itching for a good 24 hours. It definitely helps her.
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