|11-21-2013 08:52 AM|
|HankGSD||The sublingual drops are a fail. Hank vomited after both doses on the second day, which happens in only 1 percent of dogs. So I was advised to give him 100 mg of Benadryl an hour before each dose since the histamines being activated by the drops were likely causing too much stomach acid. And, yes, the vomit was all stomach acid and had a very strong bile odor. Despite the 200 mg of Benadryl per day, he has been itching more than ever. Just finished 30 days worth of Simplicef for a skin infection two weeks ago, and he is already biting around his genitals again setting himself up for another infection. So after consulting with the vet, I have chosen to stop giving him the drops (which are full of allergens) and for now we are bumping up the Benadryl to 150 mg twice a day (I can't do the every 8 hour dose on work days) and also adding 30 mg of Zyrtec in the evening.|
|11-03-2013 12:51 AM|
Keep us posted!
|11-02-2013 11:03 PM|
|HankGSD||Got the drops today. Couldn't be easier; put the pump over his front bottom teeth and squirt twice. I did the first dose with the vet observing, and Hank sniffed around on the table wanting some more. I did go with the Heska Allercept which is twice a day; Greer has a formulation which is once daily but since the dermatologist has more patients on Heska and its been around longer, I went with that. $40 per month. I don't need another bill but it is very affordable since as the dermatologist mentioned, cyclosporine is a "house payment" each month. Hoping for the best with these drops!!|
|10-24-2013 02:13 AM|
Dr. Karen Becker: "Carefully study the ingredients in the dry food you buy your pet, and stay away from formulas that contain grain and corn in any form, including corn gluten meal, whole grain corn, corn flour, etc.
Not only is corn one of the three crops most highly contaminated with aflatoxins (the other two are peanuts and cottonseed), itís an extremely allergenic food and difficult to digest.
As youíre checking pet food ingredient lists, keep in mind cereals are another source of frequent aflatoxin contamination, including maize (corn), sorghum, pearl millet, rice and wheat.
Many inexpensive, low quality pet foods rely heavily on the above ingredients."
If you cannot do raw, consider The Honest Kitchen Dehydrated food. It is the ONLY 100% HUMAN Grade food, processed in a HUMAN Grade facility, that the FDA recognizes and leagally allows to use the words Human Grade on their advertising and packaging. All Natural Dog Food - Dehydrated Pet Food | The Honest Kitchen
The grain free varieties are Embark, Force, Zeal, & Love. A 10 pound box is approximately $85 but RE-hydrates to 35 to 40 pounds of food. Usually found at Doggie Boutiques. Put your zip code in here to find a location: http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/find-a-retailer
I finally found the note I was looking for about a friends experience with SLIT. I will pm it to you.
Keep us posted!
|10-23-2013 09:56 PM|
|HankGSD||I am getting the full report emailed to me tomorrow but is seems my boy is allergic to spring/summer grasses and tree pollen, year round mold and grain mites. I am so disgusted by reading about the grain mites and mold (which may also be in commercial dog food grains). I will know for sure what molds he is allergic to when I get the report. Hank is now on a grain free kibble but the dermatologist says the same equipment is used to produce various proteins/grains so there is always contamination. So, yes, I could feed raw or make homemade, but since he also has the environmental allergies I feel I have no choice but to go with the immunotherapy. I was quoted $40 a month which I think is reasonable, maybe even a bargain.|
|10-10-2013 11:09 AM|
|HankGSD||Yep, I am totally guessing on the price; I found a vet's site from 2012 that said the drops are $210 but last 5 months so that's how I did the math; but actually $210 divided by 5 is $42. (Math is not my strong suit.)|
|10-10-2013 10:56 AM|
Funny you should post this!
I just e-mailed Nikki's dermatologist yesterday to see if he offered the drops yet and he does When it's time for a refill we will switch over to the drops.
I don't have the exact cost yet but I was told it's about $40 - $50 more than her allergy vaccines. That averages out to about $100 a month.
|10-10-2013 10:51 AM|
An acquaintance of mine did this with GREAT results! Congrats on seeking out this type of therapy!
I don't have the info here at work but if I find it later today at home, I will pm her notes/experience to you.
|10-10-2013 10:30 AM|
Has anyone tried sublingual immunotheraphy for your allergic dog? I took the plunge yesterday for the $200 allergy test and I am awaiting the results of what he is allergic to, and then the recommendation from the derm vet how to proceed.
The derm vet is enthusiastic about the sublingual drops saying the success rate is better than injections.
I wouldn't have a problem giving injections (I raised a diabetic child) but I'm not so sure Hank would be the most compliant patient.
I am especially interested in the COST of this therapy; we didn't get into that at the vet but what little information I have been able to come across on the web indicates it might be about $20-$30 a month which is reasonable.