Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Royal oak, mi
Dogs Name: Benson
Dogs Age: 3 years old
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HI all, thanks for the replies and sorry mine is delayed, was away for the weekend. First of all, to answer the questions...
-He has been tested for thyroid (twice)and extensive blood work has all come back normal.
He has only been on prednisone 2 times in the past year, only for 10 days each time. I hate to have him on any meds, but his hives develop into a skin infection that needs treatment regardless of how much I dislike what works. He has a sensitivity to any other antiinflammatory (deremaxx, remedyl, etc-leads to upset stomach and diarrhea, occasional vomit)
-I'm going to try to swap him off the TOTW salmon , which to the person who asked what the food was-it's a grain free, high quality fish/salmon based food. I'll spend the day at the dog store scouting new foods after doing my research.
-I've never heard of the sardines, I'm looking forward to giving it a try! He's not a constant scratcher or itchy all the time, it's more the skin pustules that develop that are problematic and lead to having to dive into prednisone and antibiotics with benedryl to remedy the issue.
I'm questioning if it's seasonal as well since I adopted him in june of last year. His skin was heavily infected when I took him from the rescue. The benedryl helps but as soon as it's stopped (and even sometimes during) it only works so well.
Has anyone ever had allergy testing done with them? I'm going to have to have him off the pred for a month prior, and no antibiotics or benedryl for 2 weeks prior to apt...so heres' to hoping. have to wait until his current infection is fixed. The drinking and frequent potty breaks are not fun for either of us in the middle of the night lol!!
I've had everyone stop giving him any treats at all, no bones or biscuits of any kind. Am trying to minimize any potential allergic substances..he will get some kibble as treats only and with training. He get's a blob of canned grain free salmon to hide his meds in. wheat is a definite possibility as well.
He's also on digestive enzymes, omega pill, glucosamine and melatonin on a daily basis. probiotics when he's on any antibiotics as well.
Just wondering if anyone has had allergy testing done, is it via blood or skin biopsy? Not sure what to expect other than a large bill lol. Worth it for his comfort and my sanity though. The first apt is supposed to be 2-3 hours depending on what testing is being done.
THanks for all the help, I'm going sardine hunting today and will look into trying a new food too. Think that answers all the questions asked...any other input is appreciated as always. Have to post a pic of my boy when I get in from work! He's the most ornery and affectionate guy lol.