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Re: allergy shots?

Postby mommy2kane » Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:43 pm

I got the panel done and then the custom serum done. It's helped. I believe it's supposed to desensitize them to the allergens? If I'm not mistaken. Kane's never licked his paws raw, but he has some days where he's more itchy. I'll still pop him Benadryl on those days, but it's here and there.

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Re: allergy shots?

Postby Misskiwi67 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:54 pm

The medications you are currently using are, on average, about 25% effective, so 60% sounds a lot better to me!

The over the counter medications are only effective for MILD allergies, and as a preventative early in the season. It also takes trial and error to find a medication that will work for your pet, because there is a lot of individual variability in the drug response. You are wasting your money if the drugs aren't helping. You also need to control secondary infections and the inflammation, and antihistamines do nothing for this.

Allergy shots do help, they are not likely to cure the allergies, are expensive, and require a lot of commitment on your part. Allergy shots are the ONLY treatment that treats the actual disease rather than the symptoms, and even if its not a cure, its still an excellent treatment.

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Re: allergy shots?

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:10 pm

:goodpost:

The clients at work who have used the serum injections properly HAVE seen success.

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Re: allergy shots?

Postby mommy2kane » Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:58 am

The serum is not that expensive. I think I pay $120 or $160 for a 6 month supply. He's now on maintenance injections so it's every 3 weeks. Not bad. And since we've been on the shots, he hasn't scratched himself completely raw anymore. Sure it's not a perfect fix, but it's helped tremendously.


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