Been a while since I posted last. Ramsay has been through **** and back.
I firmly believe his allergies have 100% been cause by idiot vets
and our lack of knowledge trusting in them. Ramsay was given shot after shot with booster shots on top (one time our old vet gave him a 5 in 1 shot) over the last 2 years. We have had an itchy dog right since almost day 1 with him.
We tried different kibbles, cheap stuff to the $100 bag stuff... nothing worked. Ramsay then went on an all raw food diet eliminating poultry and still nothing. So now he has raw poultry and beef to mix things up. Last November the vet recommended a dose of prednisone with a 1 month oral dose twice a day there after. This I swear would have killed our dog if we let the full month continue. This is where I truly started to do my research and I feel confident in putting the blame on the vaccines.
Since then we have had Ramsay visit a horticultural all natural vet. We have had our buddy on several different things including a spleen support, benadryl, omega 3 oil (already in his raw food but gave him additional dose), engystol and one more I cant remember the name of.
I feel our buddy is stuck with this extreme itchy that results in patches of fur coming off his ears and head from the constant itching.
There has been a few people recommend Hydroxyzine on the board here... is this all natural? Does it have any side effects?
We love our buddy and we just want him to be itch free. He loves to swim, and this usually gets us a few hours after of itch free time.
Yep...went through same thing, except mine has winter itch (8 months of year, gets progressively worse...steroid shot 1 x only (wouldn't do pills), fish oil, LID, vit.e changed to raw...still winter itch. Jan. 2009 1st trip to Holistic vet said the body is toxic and it didn't get that way overnight. The immune system needs help she scripted "Astragalas Root", I continued With Vit e. and fish oil and b-complex along with pancreatic enzyme fall/winter 09 into 2010 - winter itch.
near end of summer 2010 I started treating his liver with Milk thistle, about a month later I added Red Clover (along with noted above), come Oct. the itching began...fur starts coming off backs of ears....I continued...By Dec. barely a noticable itch, some but mild, ear fur came back, and his back didn't crawl when I ran my hand down it...This year for various reasons I didn't follow that protocol...Pretty itchy and started having internal ear problems (cleaned w/coconut oil - now great!)
What I have learned along the way along with GSD's wonky digestive issues, susceptibility to pancreatitis and/or EPI, Thyroid problems (and yes likely caused by vaccines as you noted - was thyroid test done? may be part of problem - I use kelp - works great + has trace minerals)...
They also may be lacking an enzyme called intrinsic factor which is responsible for B-12 uptake. another issue with sheps. along with enzyme deficiencies and the inability to break down fats, but the inability to uptake them to be used by the body...fat deficiency = itchy skin...Another Holistic Vet I consulted with advised to feed coconut oil as it is processed through a different mechanism than animal fats and won't cause harm and risk acute pancreatitis.
Note: you don't want to feed, fish oil, E, and red clover - all are blood thinning - could cause problems