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Allergies. Nothing works.

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by JodiShann, Nov 25, 2020.


  1. JodiShann

    JodiShann PetForums Newbie

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    I'm running out of options, and money.

    My dog now has a cone or inflatable collar on most of the time. He's bored, depressed and he probably hates me, and I wouldn't blame him. I have to go to work as well as run my own business and I cannot always be there to play with him and try to distract him from damaging himself. I do my best.

    In the past 6 years I have tried and used combinations of: Apoquel, steroids, diet alterations, antihistamines, shampoos, creams. Currently trying Cytopoint which doesn't seem to be working as well this month despite a larger dose than last month. I cannot really afford the current treatment and the vet wants to use both Cytopoint and Apoquel together if this doesn't work. The price of that is crazy. I simply can't afford it. Keeping him clean and dry is virtually impossible but I try my best because he is prone to yeast infections in his ears and feet and backside. His walks have been reduced to walking him on a lead now because I can't let him wade about in the river or get himself coated in mud. His freedoms are gradually being reduced to virtually nothing.

    My dog's life is hell, and I hate every day looking after him now because I feel like I am being cruel to him. I hate myself for it too.

    I don't know what to do any more. I love him and I just want his suffering to stop and my sanity to be salvaged.
     
  2. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    Hi, I just had a read of your last thread to catch up.

    You absolutely have my sympathies - I have two allergic dogs, thankfully both fairly easily managed.

    It really sounds like you're doing everything possible. Given the fact that you aren't making any progress, I'd be asking for a referral to a specialist dermatologist.

    Also, when was the last time he had a full blood panel? I'm wondering if there could be something going on which is either causing these symptoms (e.g. they aren't actually allergies), or preventing the treatment from being effective. Again, it might be beyond the realm of your general vet.

    Finally, and I say this tentatively, if he is as miserable as you say, and his quality of life can't be salvaged, perhaps the kindest thing to do is let him be free from the pain and misery.
     
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  3. JodiShann

    JodiShann PetForums Newbie

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    I know what u mean but I hate thinking it. Seems a bit of a drastic solution for itching. Plus it isn't my dog's fault I don't have more money.

    I can't afford a specialist. If my financial situation improves it will be a priority. Plus I asked my vet about tests and was told there is no point in getting an allergy test because it was probably lots of things. (????)

    I'm on a low income, but not so much so that I'm entitled to any help. I even tried looking on the dark web to see if I could get medication that way. I didn't get very far. (I now know where to buy crack, although I don't suppose that would cure itching). If I were allowed to buy medicine myself I could do double things up because it would be more affordable, but I can't without a prescription from a vet and the vets charge so much for one that it isn't worth it.

    I'm going to try a different vet.
     
  4. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    Prescription for what though - I thought nothing was working?

    Yes, it is likely that an allergy test will show your dog is allergic to a number of things. Some might be things you can do something about, e.g. foods, others will be out of your control. I’m assuming you’ve tried the prescription hydrolysed protein food like RC Anallergenic?

    If you have no more money to treat your dog and/or nothing is working, there’s really nothing anyone can suggest. Can anyone else in your family help with the financial side as I think you said he was your mums dog originally?
     
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    I really agree that if his quality of life is so poor then maybe you should think of doing the kind thing and ending it. It really doesnt matter if it is because you cannot afford the treatment or whether it is 'just itching', the dog is suffering. He cant be kept in a cone for the rest of his life, can you imagine what it would be like to be restrained so you cannot scratch a painful itch. It is very sad but it sounds like a serious condition and if there is no cure within your pocket then you have to do something drastic. What would you do if he , for example, broke his leg and the surgery was going to be too expensive. You would surely not leave him then.
     
  6. Sarah H

    Sarah H Grand Empress of the Universe

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    What about dog boots for walking him in? I'd also stop trying loads of different things, stick to a food that he's been OK on before (ideally one with very few ingredients or R/C Anallergenic as suggested). The stomach is linked to about every system in the body, if that's doing well and is being looked after then you can hopefully tackle the itching via meds and management. Make sure he's getting a good probiotic to help the bacteria in his stomach, you want them breaking down stuff easily so that part of his body isn't working overtime and can concentrate on healing the skin.
     
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    Sorry to hear your frustration and your poor dog being so miserable. When I fostered my dog Nigel (Jackapoo) his bottom half didn't have hair, just very dry flakey hardened skin due to him having some kind of allergy and him constantly scratching the area. The rescue centre tried fixing this issue for a few months with little success, they couldn't pinpoint it. When I took him home I was advised to feed him sentive allergy food, no grains etc. I would add a daily diluted tea spoonful of apple cider vinegar in his food, give 1 tea spoonful of live plain yogurt or probiotics powder, I believe the healing of the inside helps. I would boil big lamb bones with no seasoning with carrots/peas broth and he would drink that. I have skin allergies myself and thought to try to at least make him more comfortable by bathing him weekly in big tub of warm water with sea salt (you could try oatmeal) after hair drying properly then combed and rubbed in coconut oil into skin and fur. Nigel would wear a cone until his skin was completely dry and after 2 hours I would put him in a PJ cotton body suit this prevents his teeth biting and paws scratching making the itch/skin worse. For going out, he wears a light waterproof all in one outfit so legs/tummy covered apart from private areas (I had to sew and amend a few outfits). After 6 months, Nigel's hair started growing all back, no more constant itchy, sore dry skin. I have worked out after 8 months of constant monitoring he is sensitive to nettles and long wheat grass so he wears his cotton outfits during country walks!

    I hope you have some break through soon.
     
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