February 19, 2011 11:07pm CST
I own a beautiful German Shorthaired Pointer who is only 17 months old. Unfortunately, she has become allergic to so many things that the vet has put her on a drug which suppresses her immune system, used by humans who have transplants as well. This is working to a certain degree but I am still having episodes when she licks and scratches herself uncontrollably and that's when I start stressing because I can't help her. What I do is to take her for a long run at the park and this seems to help her relax, I am beginning to think that the whole problem is linked to her brain. Who knows? Anyone with any ideas?
• United States
24 Mar 11
I have a 9 year old Jack Russell/mix who has allergies. I found that many dogs do. The big thing is finding what they are allergic to. The first thing I did was find a dog food that contains no dyes. Which was a hard task at first because even top brands have food dyes. The next thing was flea and tick control. Only use what the vet suggest as these products are the only ones that work well. I learned this the hard way also. Never ever use flea collars. My daughter had dog that went into convulsions over being allergic to a flea collar. Also if they have scratched themselves raw a mixture of iodine and mineral oil rubbed on their bare spots help fight infection and puts oil back in their skin so they can regrow their hair. I have even given my dog an antihistamine from time to time as needed to control the itching. Of course always check with the experts before giving your pet any kind of medicine.
22 Feb 11
Hello Trish and welcome to myLot! I'm sorry to hear about your girl's problem, I know how frustrating is to see your dog suffering without being able to help her. My dog also had food allergies and I needed to change her diet to make her feel better. Have you asked for another vet's opinion? I don't want to blame your vet but I had so sad experiences with the vets from my country... I heard that salmon oil can work miracles for dogs with skin problems. Here's a link to an article about this but you can find more using "salmon oil dog allergies" http://www.ehow.com/facts_6101025_salmon-oil-dog-allergies.html I am not a vet, I can't say this is the cure for your girl's problem, but maybe you'll see the results and decide what's better for your dog. You can also ask your vet about it.
• United States
20 Feb 11
I don't know if it's linked to her brain but my dog also had allergies...and it was mostly when I walked him outside...so I had to watch for weeds etc. just like a human would. He would wheeze and sneeze....poor thing. Hope you figure out what the base of the problem is.