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Allergies with new dog

Postby wildwobin » Fri Oct 05, 2007 10:13 am

Our new dog has allergies. I took her to the vet yesterday (not my reg. vet as they were booked) and he took a look at her swollen ears and said "allergies". Gave her a shot and some topical ointment for ears. He was not very helpful as far as what to do at this point. I have another appt. with my vet on Monday and will get another opinion and hopefully more advice/help.

Any advice on where to start with this issue? I have had Mira for not even a week, she is from a rescue and has been in a kennel situation for awhile. (We are still on our two week trial period) I have put her on a premium food. Do you think that using a grain free food would help?

I wish I knew what I was getting into as far as future issues with allergies. Is this something that should make me reconsider formally adopting this dog? She is a great dog and a great fit for our family.

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Postby Libby » Fri Oct 05, 2007 10:26 am

Allergies are quite common, with any breed of dog. So I don't think thats a good basis for not adopting a dog.

My girl Gypsy has seasonal and food allergies. If its food allergies, you have to do a process of elimination..You basically have to figure out what she is allergic to. Its strange the vet didn't give you more information, even if he wasn't your regular vet.

I hope you get more solid information from your regular vet.


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Postby Maryellen » Fri Oct 05, 2007 10:27 am

are you sure its allergies and not an ear infection?? i would get your regular vets opinion with an ear culture of the stuff in her ears..

i have an allergy dog.. each allergy dog is different from the rest.. some do great on allergy shots, some dont.some do great on benadryl, some dont.. some need special food, some dont..

before you write this dog off, find out if she really has allergies, what kind (done with blood work) or if she just has dirty ears..

and if she came from a rescue, why didnt the rescue get her treated before allowing you to foster to adopt her???? you should be asking the rescue why they didnt take her to their own vet and tell you what was going on at that point..

and, i wouldnt give up my allergy dog for anything... i make sure she gets the right food, and whatever she needs no matter what the cost, but thats just me...

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Postby wildwobin » Fri Oct 05, 2007 4:26 pm

On Monday I will be with my normal vet and will have her check out other possibilities.

I drove HOURS to an adoption day to meet the dog, she came from boarding and it was noticed by the rescue folks on that day. I made the decision to take her with me and have my vet check her out. I don't plan at this point on giving her up, I was looking for feedback on allergies and long term issues as I have never had to deal with allergies in any of my dogs and just wondering what I was getting myself in for.

I did not mean to come across as I would give up on this dog just because of simple allergies. :oops: I have several "health challenged" critters in my household and I love and take care of them no matter what.

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Postby Allie » Fri Oct 05, 2007 4:57 pm

If your regular vet suspects allergies, you will probably want to do some testing. We did blood serum testing with our girl and her environmental allergies were so many that we decided to have allergy shots formulated. If they were more simple allergies, there is a possibility of simply removing the allergens from the dog's environment, or treating with antihistimines, etc.

There are many allergens and many options. I recommend having testing done if it is suggested by your vet-- that way you're not playing guessing games.

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Postby bamawrly » Fri Oct 05, 2007 6:38 pm

We had the same thing. After hundreds of dollars and garbage vets we finally were sent to a specialist. She told us what I wish someone months ago would have said. Elimination diet. If that works, great. If it doesn't, than go from there with testing to determin what is causing it. The elimination diet worked like a charm along with ear drops and medicated shampoo. She now is on a wheat free fish formula which works great with only a flare up in the spring when something (?) blooms or seeds.

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Postby wildwobin » Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:52 pm

Went to my reg. vet today. She did a culture on Miras' ears and found a yeast infection. So we got drops for that plus some medicated shampoo. Also a good lesson on allergies which was good for me!

I think at this point we will let Mira get a little more settled, on a better diet and see what developes. The vet did not think her allergies were very bad, and gave me several suggestions on how to proceed with treatment, elimination diet being among them.

THanks for everyones advice!


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