Yes to all of the questions below. Niko had both the intradermal skin testing and blood - (VARL). They were cross referenced and a serum was made by Dr. Lowell Ackerman (Tufts). Dr. Ackerman is a pretty well known dermatologist who was practicing in the Boston area. He wrote many books and I was happy to get an appt with him.
I also did on my own the blood test for food and had it sent to VARL. The derm's do not like to test for food via blood.
Niko is allergic to most bugs... fleas, mosquitos etc. Actually bugs, dust mites and mold were his biggies! I did do the allergy shots for a year and did see some improvement, but no one was able to give Niko the shot... he was completely stressed out. 4 vet tech's and myself had the most difficult time that I gave up because Niko was so freaked out. Not biting or anything, just flailing around and the tech's were frustrated too. I had no help and couldn't do it by myself.
Thinking back.. the itching was more seasonal and is now pretty much all the time... just like what was written by Dr. Messonnier.
Niko has seen 2 holistic vets and a homeopathic vet (plus his traditional vet and derm) He was put on colostrum by one vet (who I have thought of going back to see... I really liked her). She is far away and has no weekend appt's... so it was difficult to go every few weeks.
The first holistic vet he saw had him on all Standard Process products... to the tune of about $400 a visit. LOL I actually had to create a spreadsheet in order to keep track of which supplement to give Niko in the a.m. vs. pm. I did that for about 4-5 months and just couldn't afford it anymore... especially without seeing any noticeable results.
I was a little gun-shy with the holistic vets at first since I spent probably around $2,000 with the first one and saw no major results. I did realize it takes time.. but I could never have afforded to continue (already working 2 jobs). LOL
Not sure what I should try next... and this is why I was thinking about building his immune system up... although he is on pred now for an aural hematoma again... same ear. Hoping to eliminate the hematoma without having to do surgery again. I hate pred and feel awful about him on it. It really bothers me, but the hematoma surgery is between $600 & $700.
Thank you and any advice or products you think might help... feel free... I'm game for anything at this point.