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Allergy treatment

A few questions for those of you who deal with itchy dogs:

1) Did you have an allergy test done? Celeste definitely has seasonal allergies, not food allergies or fleas or mites. I am positive it is to trees, grass or some other plant. I am open to getting an allergy test done ONLY if the test would alter the treatment significantly. I am open to allergy shots, but I would most likely have to save money for them.

2) Right now, the only treatment that works is a topical steroid ointment. I do not wish to continue using this. Benadryl does not work. Apple cider vinegar has limited effects. Have you used alternative topical or ingested treatments for allergies? I am interested in more holistic or homeopathic remedies. I've heard local honey can help build immunity, but are there any immediate salves or things I could give her to alleviate the current itchiness.

Thanks!

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kittiewithclaws
Mar. 10th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
does she get a rash or hives or broken skin? Or just the itchies?
rinalia
Mar. 16th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
Just the itches and primarily around her face.
yesididit
Mar. 10th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
if its local honey, it has to be unfiltered so it still contains all the local pollen and whatnot. i hear the honey thing works kind of like allergy shots, dishing out small doses of what you're allergic to in order to help your immune system build up a tolerance.

can dogs take any other kind of allergy medicine besides benadryl? i thought i remembered someone from petbulls using wetwipes to wipe down the dog after each trip outside to help keep allergens down.
rinalia
Mar. 16th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I don't think I'd be able to find local unfiltered honey unless I raid one of the apiaries. ;)

There are several other allergy meds I can try. I might try a couple others to see if they help.
miss_teacher
Mar. 10th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
We never did allergy test. My vet doesn't feel they are very helpful so we skipped it, plus Indi's allergies are not that bad.

Benadryl doesn't work for her either. We tried another over the counter med called chlorpheniramine but it also didn't really work. Recently my vet prescribed an antihistamine called hydroxyzine pamoate. He says it's mild since I did not want anything strong, like steriods. So far it seemed to help a little bit.

I guess trying local honey or bee pollen can't hurt. But your dog would need to be allergic to pollen from the specific flowers bees go to. So if it's a grass, tree, or mold allergy it won't help. But again, it's worth a shot at least.

Some people say acupuncture can help but I have not tried it (nor allergy shots for Indi).

Oatmeal bathes can help soothe her skin. Does she get fish oils? Maybe even try rubbing some oil on her itchy skin to help soothe it.
rinalia
Mar. 16th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
I'm going to try the chlorpheniramine and see how that goes. The Benadryl helped but only temporarily.

She does get fish oils, but I hadn't thought of rubbing it in her. I received another suggestion about cod liver oil for eye itchies. I might try that.
iheartoothecae
Mar. 10th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Have you tried other antihistamines (clemastine, hydroxyzine, chlorpheniramine)? Like people, sometimes different antihistamines will work better for different dogs.

If you go through the battery of antihistamines (and the holistic and homeopathic remedies) and still have no luck, I'd recommend saving up for intradermal allergy testing and allergy shots. They are really expensive, but from what I've seen they're also very effective. Due to the cost, though, if I were you I'd save them for last.
rinalia
Mar. 16th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
I'll try another antihistamine to see if it helps.

Allergy testing would be a last resort and way off in the future. I have to get a cyst removed on Mina as well as a tooth and do radiographs on her shoulder...I'm saving up for that first, heh. :)
dragonvyxn
Mar. 10th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
get herbal nettle pills, nettles are very useful in handling planty-types seasonal allergies. try half a human dosage once or twice a day as needed...

it seems to be the case that benadryl's not a very effective antihistamine for dogs. what indi was getting - hydroxyzine - that one worked pretty well on my little dude when he had some issues.
rinalia
Mar. 16th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I will look for some nettle pills.
bullymama
Mar. 15th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
Have you tried Salmon Oil at all? We had good luck with it on Dawks and it is doing wonders for Dude.
rinalia
Mar. 16th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
They're both on salmon oil and their coats look great, but it hasn't really helped with Celeste's allergies.

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