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Dog Allergy Help Please!
04-13-2017, 01:11 AM,
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Dog Allergy Help Please!
I'm in desperate need of some help for my 5 year old male dachshund. He suffers from some sort of allergy which we have been chasing for about 4 years. I feel like we have tried everything which is why I'm turning to the internet for help. 

General Descption: Started as overall body itches, constantly scratching, licking, chewing causing sores under his arms, paws, around ears. 

First Course of Action: After a quick google search we concluded that he might have dry skin so we started adding fish oil to his food. No change in symptoms. 

Second Course of Action:  We took him to the vet and the vet was of the opinion that it was a a seasonal grass allergy so we started him on apoquel. The vet anticipated that it would only be necessary during the spring and summer months. The apoquel seemed to do the trick initially and cleared up most of his hot spots. As the season changed to fall then winter we tried to ween him off  the medication which resulted in more flairs so we resigned ourself to the fact that he would need to be on the medication year round. We went back to the vet several times to address a spot on his paw that he continued to chew raw. Various treatments were given to heal the spot (antibiotics, topical prescription gel, prescription shampoo) but the spot always comes back.  As of today he has been on the apoquel over a year and seems to address all of his spots except the one on his paw.

Third Course of Action: We thought maybe it was a food allergy so for a month now we have changed his food to Pruina Pro Plan Salmon (which the purina sales rep at Petco assured us would do the trick because it is high protein and no chicken or beef) and cut out the peanut butter we used to give him his daily pills (in addition to the allergy challenges he also is on medication for seizures). Still no improvement. Overall his sores are in control because we no longer see them under his arms, around his ears, etc but he still continues to lick and chew his right front paw so that it loses hair, becomes raised, puffy, raw, and bloody - and, he's still overall pretty itchy; he frequently scratches (although thankfully he's no longer scratching other parts of his body until he bleeds). 

Help!

Thank you,
Erin


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04-13-2017, 01:18 AM,
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RE: Dog Allergy Help Please!
I also forgot to mention - before the vet prescribed apoquel, we tried Benadryl and Claritin...small results, but not good enough which is why we landed on apoquel.
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04-13-2017, 01:21 AM,
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RE: Dog Allergy Help Please!
One more - upon our first trip to the vet regarding this issue she took a scrape and determined it wasn't a parasite or anything of that nature.
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04-13-2017, 09:30 AM,
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RE: Dog Allergy Help Please!
Your Vet has apparently made a diagnosis of " allergic dermatitis" which Apoquel is effective against. The drug suppresses the immune reaction to the allergen(s). One potential side effect is that it makes the dog prone to skin infections. Which might be what is occurring on the paw-leg. A more nasty side effect is it can make the dog more prone to cancers such as mast cell tumors.

Ask your Vet to perform a needle aspirate to be sent off to pathology. So as to eliminate cancer as the problem. Another alternative is that it's a cyst like growth, from the repeated infections. Where the cyst with minor surgery could be removed.

Allergic dermatitis can be caused by one or multiple allergens in the environment. Food was a good try on your part, but apparently not the cause. Ask your Vet for a referral to a doggy dermatologist. Where the goal is to try to identify the environmental allergens. A pro-active thing you can do at home is shampoo the carpets, wash the dog bedding or covers, and mop the floors. Also wash the dog collar. Possibly cut down on contact allergy allergens.

P.S. If you still feel adverse to giving the pills in peanut butter, try melting enough cheese in the microwave to wrap around the pills. A dog will gulp a cheese ball down, not knowing there are pills hidden inside.
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