Does your German Shepherd have allergies? - German Shepherd Dog Forums
View Poll Results: Does your German Shepherd have allergies?
Yes, food allergies. 46 32.17%
Yes, seasonal allergies. 40 27.97%
Yes, environmental allergies (non-seasonal.) 33 23.08%
No allergies. 59 41.26%
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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 10-08-2011, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Does your German Shepherd have allergies?

It seems like allergies are pretty common in German Shepherds so I am curious how many dogs here have allergies. I split the poll up into types just for the heck of it. You can pick more than one if you have a dog with more than one type of allergies (or multiple dogs.) If you want to elaborate please post a reply!


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post #2 of 45 (permalink) Old 10-08-2011, 07:14 PM
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no allergies here, THANK GOODNESS!

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post #3 of 45 (permalink) Old 10-08-2011, 07:21 PM
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Out of my 3 GSD's one has environmental allergies, Onyx. She was tested thru Heska lab to be highly sensitive to dust mites.
I was giving her injections, but didn't see any results, though I know it can take a couple years to see the benefits. I haven't given her shots all summer, but will probably order more serum before the end of the month.

This time of year, for the first time all three are scratching(humidity....dry air/doesn't matter) It has waned a bit this past week~ very dry out/clear sky.
I feed raw, and was wondering if it may be from the tripe or something. They get a variety of protein, but tripe is almost daily.
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post #4 of 45 (permalink) Old 10-08-2011, 09:12 PM
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Nope, but my husband and I do.


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Nope. I have had several GSDs over the past 33 years and NONE have had allergies.

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I have had three with allergies. They were all of WGSLs. I know of allergies in many lines, but that is how my experience has played out in GSD ownership.
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Lukas has seasonal allergies. Jaxon hasn't had any pop up so far, thank goodness. One is too many, the poor guy.
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I said no however Jinx had a reaction to some stitches. The externa ones were fine but the dissolvable ones they put inside she had a reaction to so not really sure what that would be considered.

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Max has terrible allergies. He is on a shot program that has 20 allergens involved. He has food allergies bad enough that certain foods will make his hair fall out. He is allergic to all the common grasses in our area, and the poor guy just loves to go out and lay in the grass. He is allergic to Maple trees among others, and we have 5 big Maples in our yard. He even has a borderline allergy to human hair and dander (how's that for a twist). He seems to have the worst seasonal allergies to the fall so right now is itching more than usual. To top it off he has chronic seborhea so we have to bathe him weekly or he justs gets greasy and smells.

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I have a white shepherd who has a chicken allergy and I think grains but I never took the time to figure out which ones I just keep her on a grain free diet or completely raw so it doesn't matter to find out which one.
My American/ working cross male has seasonal allergies only in the state of kansas. It goes away if I visit back home in Illinois.

My two West German Showlines have no allergies.
And my boyfriend's Czech working line has none as well.

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