Has anyone else got a dog with allergies?

(14 Posts)
BloodyDifficultWoman Tue 27-Sep-16 11:02:16

Our BT has just been diagnosed and has been put on Piriton. I'd love to hear other people's experiences. Will he get over them, or must he be on Piriton forever?

tabulahrasa Tue 27-Sep-16 15:01:22

Mine has a dust mite allergy, so he's on Apoquel as it showed in hotspots rather than what I think of as an allergy reaction.

I've a friend whose dog goes on portion occasionally, it seems to be a grass/pollen allergy and she's managed to get it to occasional bouts by having her on grain free food.

Do you know what you're is allergic to?

BloodyDifficultWoman Tue 27-Sep-16 20:07:36

No, I don't know. confused If it's dust, he's in trouble - I'm not the greatest housekeeper. wink

musicposy Wed 28-Sep-16 07:27:56

Yes with occasional bouts of skin allergy for which she has piriton.
Worst of all is the bee allergy. Twice now she's been rushed to the vet because her whole face has puffed up and she couldn't breathe. Stupid thing still won't learn not to chase flying stinging things so we have to be very vigilant. Having piriton by us ready to give her at the first sign of any trouble has helped enormously. So if her eyes look swollen and puffy she gets piriton, regardless of whether I know the reason.

I have a DD with a shedload of allergies so finding out we had an allergic dog as well almost tipped me over the edge!

She's pure white and I was told that white dogs are a bit more prone.

As an aside I have to tell the pharmacist the piriton is for me. I once made the mistake of saying "it's for my dog" and they wouldn't sell it!

tabulahrasa Wed 28-Sep-16 09:05:40

"If it's dust, he's in trouble - I'm not the greatest housekeeper."

Yeah that was pretty much my reaction, lol.

The dermatologist said there was no point trying to get rid of dust mites though as it wouldn't work so it's just a case of treating the dog.

MiddleClassProblem Wed 28-Sep-16 09:11:56

My eldest lab is on 4 Piriton a day and vet said it can be 6 if she has a flare up.

She has dust and grass allergies (well tests showed 14 different allergies including a mild one to rabbits!) but she is currently having her first reaction since the spring when normally she has ear infections and red paws for most of the summer. She is also having an ear wash twice a week which on a permanent basis which seems to help.

Last year she was on 2 Piriton a day and she was better but still got ear infections.

BloodyDifficultWoman Wed 28-Sep-16 11:50:15

Posy, we also have a shedload of allergies in our human family as well. I hope if it's pollen, it might get better later in the year.

SometimesPeopleAreDicks Wed 28-Sep-16 16:43:33

We have a dog who has so many allergies. He's allergic to pollen, grass, wheat, chicken and meat. He has special medication from the vets as his pollen allergy gets so bad regular Piriton isn't strong enough.

BloodyDifficultWoman Wed 28-Sep-16 20:03:02

Did your dog have blood tests to establish the allergens, Sometimes? Sorry to hear it's so bad. sad

I'm wondering whether to try grain-free food, just in case it helps.

DontBuyANewMumCashmere Wed 28-Sep-16 20:09:15

My dog was diagnosed with skin allergies 18m ago. He had a series of blood allergy tests which showed 5 separate areas of allergy, incl some type of grasses, some type of trees, storage mites and some sort of fungus.
This coincided with us moving house and having a baby; the new garden has hundreds of trees, several types of mushroom on the lawn, and we had loads of our possessions in storage for 2 years prior to moving...
So loads of possible problems.
Could also have been a stress response to me having a baby? Idk...

Anyway he's been on steroids for 18 months, prednisalone. 2 every other day. It keeps it at bay but by the evening of the second day you can tell he needs it again.
I need to discuss long term solutions for him as it can't be good for his organs.

Hope you manage to sort your DDog's.

Mamamoo00 Wed 28-Sep-16 20:17:13

Yes our poor dog is allergic to everything ! Blood test came back and the results were 3 pages long .
He's allergic to dust mites ,pollen ,grass ,cats ! The list is endless . His high end allergies are food based ,basically all meat apart from venison and salmon .

We manage it by monthly allergy shots ,they basically inject him with everything he is allergic to . His reactions are mainly skin based ,ear infections are the main problem . It's largely under control but with the hot summer he's had a major ear flare up and has been to vets weekly for the last 8 weeks . We treat it with a combination of ear drops and steroids .

BloodyDifficultWoman Wed 28-Sep-16 22:37:30

shock So sorry to hear about your dogs' suffering!

Noofly Thu 29-Sep-16 13:45:34

Our dog has grass and pollen allergies. He's on Apoquel and it keeps the worst of it at bay. We have a few odd bad weeks but otherwise his itching is manageable. Without it he bites and scratches himself until he bleeds.

MsMims Thu 29-Sep-16 13:57:11

Not a dog, but my cat has allergies and has been on various antihistamines. We did have the allergy blood test and would really recommend it. Some of the results showed up things we can do to avoid his flare ups (one of his allergies is chicken and another ingredient found in some foods).

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