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We just found out that our 11-month-old dog (Australian cattle dog and lab mix) is allergic to dust mites, various molds and outdoor pollens (basically everything!). The vet dermatologist is prescribing weekly antigen injections, which could continue for the rest of her life. He also said that we might not see any improvements in her condition for at least 10 months thus she could continue to be symptomatic (itching, excessive licking, bald patches, lesions). Has anyone had success treating dog allergies with homeopathy and/or acupuncture? Please recommend a vet or non-vet, preferably in the East Bay, who provides this sort of treatment to dogs. Thanks. Valerie
Well, Elwood is now the ripe old age of 11-1/2 and still going strong. He hates the shots, but he tolerates them because I pump him with goodies right after I give him each shot. He still has lots of days when he itches quite a bit (usually when the pollen levels are high), and that's when I give him a weeklong course of Pred. If we hadn't done anything, I firmly believe the poor dog would have chewed himself to the bone. I understand that there are some foods that will help alleviate some of the itching, but darn it all if Elwood isn't allergic to pretty much every food on the planet: chicken, lamb and rice in the main.
If you're wary of your vet's advice, by all means get a second and third opinion. There are vets who specialize in allergies. But I would encourage you to do what you can to treat your dog's malady, or you both will be miserable. Gwynne
I'm always cautious if an treatment must be given ''for the rest of the dogs life.'' That statement would be a red flag to me to seek additional advice from another vet before proceeding. Good luck to you. Dorothy
There were 2 components to the treatment: homeopathic remedies and change of diet. I had to try 2 or 3 different remedies and I'm not sure if they helped at all. I'm inclined to think that it was the diet change that made a difference. Dr. Chalmers gave me recipes that were copied from a book called, ''Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats'' by Richard H Pitcairn, D.V.M. The main ingredients used were raw ground meat and cooked grains, with lots of nutritional supplements added. My dog recovered completely from her allergies within a few months. I continued to keep her on the diet for a while, maybe another year, but then gradually changed her over to commercial dog food with no recurrence of allergies. I think the youth of the dog makes them more vulnerable to these kinds of problems. Also, the homeopaths think that vaccinations contribute to the immune-system problems. I am not well-educated about immunization issues in dogs or humans, but I have avoided giving my dog vaccinations except for rabies, which is required by law, I believe. Nancy
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