Question for AngellVet, Canine Environmental Allergies

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    Question for AngellVet, Canine Environmental Allergies

     

    When her chest got all red and rashy, off to the the vet we went,  she had a positive response to a Prednisone taper.

    My options if her symptoms continue/return are:

    1)  Intradermal allergy testing and immunotherapy $ but the most natural way to go

    2) Treat occasional episodes with steroids and other immune system suppressants, antihistamines.  Possible nasty side effects especially with long term use.

    3) Bathe with oatmeal and other gentle soothing shampoos as much as twice a week.

    4) Continue high end diet Nutrisca dry, avoid chemicals (including vaccines imo)

    5) Use air purifier and a dehumidifier (keep at 35%) to decrease mold and dust mites, common allergens 

    I have decided to go with 3) 4) and 5) 

    AngellVet, did I miss anything?   

    Thank you

    PS: I read that adding a little fish oil omega 3 to her food would help, but she already has it in her top shelf quality dog food...would it be too much to add more?

     

     
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    Re: Question for AngellVet, Canine Environmental Allergies

    Hi Robin,


    Allergies typically worsen with age so options 3, 4 and 5 may not be enough.  I think the air purifier is a *great* idea and many of our patients have experienced relief with just such a device.

    Re: food.  Typically once a bag of food is open and exposed to the air much of the fatty acids denature, so adding a good Omega 3/6 fatty acid supplement for skin is an excellent idea.  Do try that.


    There is one other option: an immunosuppressant called Cyclosporine that can be tapered to the lowest effective dose long term.  We typically reserve this for when allergy shots fail or prednisone side effects are too severe or frequent.

     

    You're thinking about this in a very comprehensive way, though, and I commend you for that.  I hope the above helps you.

     

    Dr. Joel Kaye, Angell Animal Medical Center

     
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    Re: Question for AngellVet, Canine Environmental Allergies

    Thanks,  she's still itchy in the morning for a couple of hours, I do turn the air purifier off in the evening...so maybe I'll try leaving it on all night (I don't like the noise)

    The oatmeal or tea tree oil/aloe vera baths twice a week help, especially when I leave the lather on for 10 minutes.

    The diet also agrees with her, her coat looks shiny and she has more pep.

    I've added salmon oil for the omega 3/6

    So, improvement noted, but not 100% symptom free.

    I spoke to someone at Angell about allergy testing (she was very helpful), so that will be my next step, rather than Cyclosporine,  she's med free, as I know they have to be for at least 4 weeks prior.

    I'll make my decision soon, if she has the testing, it will be done at Angell.

     You guys are the best :) 

     

     
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    Re: Question for AngellVet, Canine Environmental Allergies

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     I have scheduled the intradermal allergy testing.... the pruritis continues and I can only imagine will get worse in the spring without intervention. 

     
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    Re: Question for AngellVet, Canine Environmental Allergies

    Dr Klaus Loft is a SUPERSTAR!

     
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    Re: Question for AngellVet, Canine Environmental Allergies

    If your dog has pruritis, hot spots, ear infections, I have found that a cotton t-shirt/ tank top helps to prevent skin irritation caused by incessant scratching.

      Casual Canine Basic Ribbed Tank Tops for Dogs

    If the symptoms have been going on for a year (4 seasons) without any significant periods of relief and you have done the elimination diet to rule out food allergies, tried oatmeal shampoos,  been to the vet for bandaid steroid and antihistamine treatments, bought mattress and pillow covers, air purifier, thrown out blankets etc etc etc.

     I would consider consulting a specialist. 

    (I am not a vet)

     

     
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    Re: Question for AngellVet, Canine Environmental Allergies

     

    Excellent price on Malaseb shampoo! 

    http://www.californiapetpharmacy.com/malaseb-shampoo-16oz.html

      

     
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