Malli wrote:Keep in mind this point of view : my own vet says that allergy testing (of any kind) varies in results with each animal. I've met some people that have gotten lucky. The injections can also vary in effectiveness.
Both my vet's dog and Oscar have allergies, and neither have had testing for the above reasons. We choose to keep them on special diets and manage any outbreaks.
amazincc wrote:Or are environmental allergies helped by a special diet as well???
amazincc wrote:Sepp is on a "maintenance dose" of prednisone, so I'm already aware of the increased peeing, eating and drinking.
I somehow don't envision Faust looking at veggies as something to get excited about.
amazincc wrote:Well... the good news is that it's not a mange flare-up.
The bad news is that he's probably got allergies. Or scabies...
Scabies is very contagious and the other dogs have no symptoms, so I kind of doubt that it's that.
They sent us home w/Cephalexin, Prednisone, and a medicated shampoo. He also needs to take Benadryl twice a day, and I made an appointment for allergy testing.
The vet wants me to take Faust off the raw diet, and try him on a kibble w/venison, duck or rabbit. I'm not happy about it, but IF he turns out to be allergic to chicken, beef, or eggs... it would make sense.
What do you guys think???
His blood work came back all in the normal range... woot!
amazincc wrote:Malli wrote:Or are environmental allergies helped by a special diet as well???
call2arms wrote:I just read that Atopica is not necessarily contraindicated in animals with a weaker immune system, more in those that have a history of neoplasia or allergies to cyclosporine. On the other hand, it hasn't been tested in dogs younger than 6 months and if administered to dogs that don't have their full adult dentition, it can cause gingival hyperplasia (over growth) and then cause issues with the new erupting teeth.
I think I have a problem - I like reading monographies.
How's Faust holding up?
hugapitbull wrote:Bob has this nagging thought that since it has the contraindication with tumors, maybe it contributed to the osteosarcoma.
Malli wrote:hugapitbull wrote:Bob has this nagging thought that since it has the contraindication with tumors, maybe it contributed to the osteosarcoma.
Nope. I don't think so! There may be factors wich may accellerate cancer, but the condition is always there, its just a matter of when a tumor surfaces, IMO.
I don't think they could license it and sell it if it was carcinogenic. I'm thinking its contraindicated for animals with tumors because I think cancer as a whole weakens the body, immune system included, and chemotherapy drugs are often highly immuno suppressive.
well, thats my uneducated impression of it, anyway
amazincc wrote:We're on our third day of meds, and Faust is looking SO MUCH BETTER already!!!
All the "wet spots" have dried up and scabbed over, and the meds are not affecting him adversely... no vomiting, no diarrhea. Appetite and thirst are "normal", as is peeing, as far as I can tell.
I've decided to try him on low-allergen food first before going through extensive (and probably inconclusive) allery testing... unless he doesn't improve, or gets another bad flare-up.
Thanks for all the great info, everyone.
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