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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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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. :)

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