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02-26-2014 08:27 AM
gowen Allergy results returned. She has some things that are in the "+++"/Extremely allergic to.

I commented on the things I know she is exposed to often and not so often but none the less exposed. I'm wondering if I should change her food to avoid the listed things she is exposed to. Her current diet is Wellness Core Ocean and she is doing so well on it, minus her hair loss and allergy attacks. Thoughts?!

For food: (Numbers are HERBU Allergen-specific IgE detected - =< 10 Negtive =>11 Positive)

+ Allergen-specific IgE detected.
++ High levels of allergen-specific IgE detected
+++ Very high levels of allergen-specific IgE detected.
  1. Barley (50 ++)
  2. Carrot (20 +) (In Dog Food)
  3. Corn (23 +)
  4. Flax (15 +) (In Dog Food)
  5. Pea (15 +) (In Dog Food)
  6. Rice (28 ++)
  7. Soybean (22 +)
  8. Sweet Potato (23 +) (In Dog Food)
  9. White Potato (21 +)

Grasses:
  1. Bahia grass (16 +)
  2. Corn pollen (21 +)
  3. Bermuda grass (12 +) (Mainly Fescue but some Bermuda exists)

Weeds: (Note, we have little to no weeds in our back yard, but we do hike and take nature trails which expose all below. Exposure is mainly in spring to early fall when her allergies are little to non-existent.)
  1. Ragweed Mix (Short,Tall) (29 ++) (Mildly exposed)
  2. Ragweed, False (23 +) (Mildly exposed)
  3. Ragweed, Southern (43 ++) (Mildly exposed)
  4. Ragweed, Western (31 ++) (Mildly exposed?)
  5. Sage, Mugwort Mix (21 +) (Mildly exposed?)
  6. Marsh Elder, Rough (29 ++) (Mildly exposed)
  7. Goldenrod (56 +++) (Mildly exposed)
  8. Dog Fennel (38 ++) (Mildy exposed)
  9. Sorrell, Dock Mix (14 +) (Mildy exposed)
  10. Nettle (12 +) (Mildly exposed)

Trees:
  1. Mulberry (16 +) (Medium sized tree in yard)
  2. Pecan (20 +) (Mild exposure)
  3. Cottonwood (18 +)
  4. Ash, American (18 +)
  5. Ash, Arizona (42 ++)
  6. Olive (18 +)
  7. Privet (32 ++) (Small Privet in yard)
  8. Cypress, Bald (11 +)
  9. Alder (32 ++)
  10. Hazelnut (47 ++)
  11. Sycamore (13 +)
  12. Mesquite (16 +)
  13. Sweetgum (44 ++) (Very large tree in play area)
  14. Bayberry (30 ++)
  15. Palm, Queen (15 +)
  16. Eucalyptus (27 ++) (Mild exposure)
  17. Pine, Australian (29 ++) (Mild exposure)

Mites: (NOTE: Wife keeps house very clean, though I'm sure there is alot of exposure during the week days as dust builds)
  1. Dermatophagoides farinae dust mite (33 ++)
  2. Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus dust mite (15 +)
  3. Acarus siro storage mite (16 +)
  4. Lepidoglyphus storage mite (14 +)

Epithelials:
  1. Cat (50 ++) (Mild exposure, neighborhood cats. We have no cats)

Insects:
  1. Cockroach Mix (17 +) (Massive oak trees plague us with Cockroaches, though we do fight it in the house, they are all over our yard! )

Fungi:
  1. Fusarium (20 +)
  2. Aspergillus (13 +)
  3. Alternaria (16 +)
  4. Grain Smut Mix (12 +)
02-15-2014 07:45 PM
gowen So, just went through my receipts for the vet and she is on Ivermectin Max since vet suspected beef or chicken allergy which heart guard has in the chewable.

Secondly, we've had Dolly on Frontline since she was 6 months until late last year when she was overtaken by fleas and that is why we switched to k9 advantix 2.

We also took her to the vet in October due to flea issue and they gave her Comfortis Brown SINGLE which killed all the fleas.

That's it.
02-15-2014 07:15 PM
gowen
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Originally Posted by GatorBytes View Post
Your vet didn't send thyroid blood work to Dodd's, am I correct? Idexx?

Did I miss your dogs age?

What else are you using on your dog? Spot-on HW/flea tick prevention or oral? What product
No Dr. Dodds yet, we had the full panel blood test and everything came back normal and well within range, so opted out of the test.

Dolly is 2 and 1 month.

Heart guard is the only med she is currently on but has been on since she was a puppy.

We used k9 advantix 2 on her in December and have not used since after this happened.
02-15-2014 06:57 PM
GatorBytes Your vet didn't send thyroid blood work to Dodd's, am I correct? Idexx?

Did I miss your dogs age?

What else are you using on your dog? Spot-on HW/flea tick prevention or oral? What product
02-15-2014 05:51 PM
gowen Dolly just had her blood work done for the full most comprehensive allergy test and we are waiting for the results now.

We've seen no improvement, in-fact, it is worse. She has been on Wellness Ocean since the beginning of January and have seen zero results other than her poop has improved 100 fold, does not smell bad (not that I'm checking just do not notice it anymore) and she has almost zero farts now.

We purchased a whole house humidifier and set it to 45% thinking it may be the humidity (was ~15-20% at installation) - no change.

I just snapped a picture of her fur about 10 minutes ago:


Whatever she has is killing her coat
01-24-2014 03:49 PM
Nigel
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Originally Posted by Gretchen View Post
Sorry they did not work for you.
We found blood tests for allergies very helpful, saved us lots of time and our dog was able to have her symptoms relieved quickly. FYI, I am referring to environment allergies.
Same here, we had it done and the information has helped us/Zoey.
01-24-2014 12:47 PM
blackshep You're a great pet parent

Hope you have some luck with the allergy testing.
01-24-2014 12:19 PM
Gretchen
Quote:
Originally Posted by gowen View Post
Thyroid Results are in:

Total T4 - "2.2" [Acceptable Range: .8 - 3.5]
Three T4(?) - "19" [Acceptable Range: 8-40]
TSH - .14 [Acceptable Range: 0 - .60]
Thyroid Autoimmune(?) - 1% [Acceptable Range: < 10%]

So, the thyroid looks to be fine.. So, time to allergy test and head to the dermatologist to find out what is going on with the coat..
Good to hear thyroid is normal, but on the other hand it would be a quick fix, my dog was on thyroid meds for years. Hope you discover what the problem is quickly, so you and your dog will find some relief.
01-24-2014 10:52 AM
gowen Thyroid Results are in:

Total T4 - "2.2" [Acceptable Range: .8 - 3.5]
Three T4(?) - "19" [Acceptable Range: 8-40]
TSH - .14 [Acceptable Range: 0 - .60]
Thyroid Autoimmune(?) - 1% [Acceptable Range: < 10%]

So, the thyroid looks to be fine.. So, time to allergy test and head to the dermatologist to find out what is going on with the coat..
01-22-2014 09:04 PM
Gretchen
Quote:
Originally Posted by middleofnowhere View Post
In my experience, the blood tests for allergies are a total waste of time and money. My dogs (who it turned out had mange) showed a sensitivity to lots and lots of things. All whoey. They had mange. Try some other tests (there is a skin one) or treat for mange before doing anything else. I hate to remember how long my dogs suffered most of all but I spent a ton of money needlessly too.
Sorry they did not work for you.
We found blood tests for allergies very helpful, saved us lots of time and our dog was able to have her symptoms relieved quickly. FYI, I am referring to environment allergies.
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