Post # 1
My dog has to go in to the vet today for the beginning of his hyper-sensitivity injections. They have his mixture in and today is the day they show us how to inject him and we have to wait and make sure he doesn’t have a violent reaction to the serum. We go back tomorrow so they can watch me inject him and make sure I’m doing it right, and then another wait to make sure he doesn’t react…..and after that we’re on our own for his daily injections.
I’m just wondering if anyone else on here has had any experience with animals with allergies, how you handle it, and what type of treatments they’ve gone through. If you’ve done the hyper-sensitivity shots I’d like to know your experience and whether they worked for your pet, or not. Open to hearing everything, bad or good.
Post # 4
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No experience with the pets shots – but I’ve done human allergy shots on myself and they didn’t work at all. :(. My cousin said it worked on hers, though.
Good luck with puppy! Give him a big treat after the shot.
Post # 5
@Miss Eagle: Thanks! I’ll have to remember to bring his special treats with us then…..he can’t have the ones at the vets because he’s allergic to them! Ha!
Post # 6
My kitty was allergic to grain, wheat, fillers, dyes, pretty much everything in commercial pet food. Over the course of his life, the allergies eventually gave him asthma. We controlled his asthma/allergies with a raw diet, an inhaler, and steroid injections. The injections really weren’t that bad, we used to give them to him at home and they were way easier than getting him to take a pill or his inhaler. He has since passed away at 16 🙁
Our GSD puppy is also allergic to fleas, which is a real bummer for her since they’re awful in our area. We try to stay on top of her advantage (she gets it twice a month) and are thinking of switching to comfortis. She also gets a benadryl 2-3 times a day which seems to help and we give her a soothing oatmeal bath if she ever gets bit.
Good luck with your dog! My husband has taken a series of allergy shots (2 years) and they worked well for his environmental allergies.
Post # 7
@saraja87: Thank you! It’s nice to know they can be so manageable long-term!
Our pup is allergic to a handful of different foods including pototoes (white and sweet), beef, venison, duck, barley and tomatoes (not that he’s ever had tomatoes). But we’ve already dealt with that in that we changed his diet months ago now and there’s been no change. In a way it’s good though, since we now know it’s his environmental allergies that are causing him the most grief. In addition to the food he’s allergic to 5 different kinds of grass, 6 different types of weeds, 5 different types of trees, and a handful of different fungi and yeasts. I’m sure the grass is probably bugging him the most out of all of them.
I hear the allergy issue is pretty common for purebreds, so it’s not exactly rare. Unfortunately though we live in a pretty rural area and our allergy specialist hasn’t been in town long enough for me to find people here who have had the same treatment as my boy. All she can give me are the statistics on the treatment, but I’m looking for some insight from someone with some personal experience.
He was on steroids for a while until we got his results back on the allergy testing and he did well on those, but we really didn’t want him on them full-time since with the dosage he was on (It was the lowest dosage that WORKED on his symptoms, but it was high) he would only have another 2-3 years left before his liver would shut down (he only just turned 2). So other than just letting him scratch/lick/rub/bite himself raw (he scratches until he bleeds), the shots are our only option.
Post # 8
My pup is allergic to – are you ready – immunizations!
All his lyme shots, monthly heartworm (which we had to stop giving him), any vet shots…..he’s allergic to them all. He has vaccinosis (over-vaccinated). Any time he gets a shot, he swells up, gets a fever, and basically begins to go into shock.
Post # 9
@morkiemama: Ugh, that’s scary! Ours has continuing symptoms, but they’re nothing so severe as that!
Post # 10
Our dog is currently in her third series of the initial pack of shots (first pack every three days, second pack every three days, third pack every three days until you reach the highest dose and then she gets a shot every ten days…forever.) We just gave her her first tenth day shot.
So far we have seen no results. She is really good around us and doesn’t scratch, it’s when we are away that she goes to town. Tail, paws, ears, thighs, anything she can get her teeth or claws on. It’s awful. She has to wear a cone anytime she is unsupervised, so while she is home all day, and while she is in her crate at night. Even if I go to the bathroom, or run to the car, she knows when it’s safe to chew and when it’s not.
We only did the blood test and found her to be allergic to storage mites-found in dry dog food, and dust mites. The vet’s solution is to feed her wet dog food, no thank you! Way too expensive and just as much junk as the dry stuff. We now buy the smallest bag of dog food and store it in the freezer, which is supposed to help but so far nothing.
I think we will do one more round of shots and then move to a raw food diet to see if that helps anything. I’ve been wanting to try that for a while and have just been too nervous/unsure to begin.
Post # 11
I have to give my black lab allergy shots once a week (but two shots). Honestly, I had my doubts about it working but it has REALLY helped him! He used to have horrible ear infections and his fur would fall out in clumps, then his skin would scab up really bad and he’d scratch til he bled. The shots have cleared it all up! We were hoping we’d only have to inject him once a month but he lasts about 10 days before he starts scratching again, so weekly injections it is. He doesn’t seem to mind the shots, he never yelps in pain. I do have to muzzle him, though, as he tries to bite the needles and I don’t feel like getting stuck myself lol. Good luck! Hope it works as well for you as it has for us!
Post # 12
@kmarie719: That sucks. I’ve heard great things about the raw-food diet though…it was going to be our next step if our pup’s results came back negative for allergies. You should let us know how that goes for you!
We tried a ton of different things for the last year to no avail. I finally landed on a food allergy – I was SURE that was what it was so we got him tested (to the tune of $900!). It turned out he WAS allergic to the food we were giving him (it was full of potatoes and barley), but it’s also not what’s actually causing him the discomfort. It’s SO awful to watch them attack themselves eh? Our guy chews his paws raw, licks until he had big bald spots, bites himself until he’s swollen and bruised, and scratches through his own skin until he’s bald and scabby with open wounds under his armpits and on his chest. It just about breaks my heart…especially because nothing I did helped him. I’m really really hoping the shots do the trick for us.
@Big Truck: Thanks so much for sharing your results with the shots! We’re REALLY hopeful that this is something we can use to help him be more comfortable. He took the first shot yesterday like a champ – I don’t think he actually even felt it. We go back Wednesday where I’ll give him his second shot while they watch to make sure I’m doing it right. Then we get to take the kit home to do it all ourselves. I’m hoping that the shots themselves hurt me more than they hurt him. Our vet is pretty confident that he should be down to a shot once a month in about 10 months, so that gives us hope as well. Thanks again!