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Has anyone had experience with allergy testing for their spoo? Raven has been on Cytopoint injections for 2 years and has done very well with getting a shot every 3 months. I have to be careful about her food, I know poultry is problematic for her, but I am not sure what else she is reacting to. I am wondering about molds because we went 4 months between shots this summer in a drought but now she has had needed 2 shots in 2 months with all of the fall leaves and rain. Do they test for environmental issues?

Raven had the worst reaction she has ever had on Monday. As I mentioned previously, she was at a trial on Sat and was chewing her tail some so I gave her an allergy pill through the weekend. I went to work Monday and while I was gone she went crazy chewing and I came home to a bloody mess. She had chewed her tail, one back leg, and a spot on her back into open wounds. I ran her to vet and she got another Cytopoint shot, prednisone, antibiotics, and trazadone to calm her down until the itching subsided.

Now she is in a cone while the wounds heal and I feel like I have to find out the cause. The intensity of this reaction really scared me. I feel so helpless that I could not prevent this.
 

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I think when we go back to the vet for her re-check I am going to ask about checking for Addison’s disease. I have felt for several months there is just something off about her. Then these two horrible reactions right after dog shows. Her coat doesn’t look great and she has a lost a good amount of weight (6 lbs since July). She has always been a dog that gained weight easily so she could afford to lose a little, but now is looking scrawny to me. She has also had a few bouts of vomiting and loose stools but about the time I think I should call the vet, she bounces back. My gut just feels allergies are not the whole story....
 

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Zephyr has seasonal allergies that started last summer. He got one Cytopoint injection in mid August and that took care of all his symptoms for the whole season, and the same thing this summer. He has never had a bad reaction to it. I read up on it last year when he got the first one and everything I read says it is quite safe with very minimal side effects. I guess we are pretty lucky!

Best of luck to you and Raven, hope you get some answers.
 

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I would take her to a vet dermatologist, ASAP. I am a believer in getting to the source of the problem quickly. They do that, and know all the best diets, shampoos etc. Poor Raven, it sounds like she’s miserable.
 

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Has anyone had experience with allergy testing for their spoo? Raven has been on Cytopoint injections for 2 years and has done very well with getting a shot every 3 months. I have to be careful about her food, I know poultry is problematic for her, but I am not sure what else she is reacting to. I am wondering about molds because we went 4 months between shots this summer in a drought but now she has had needed 2 shots in 2 months with all of the fall leaves and rain. Do they test for environmental issues?



Raven had the worst reaction she has ever had on Monday. As I mentioned previously, she was at a trial on Sat and was chewing her tail some so I gave her an allergy pill through the weekend. I went to work Monday and while I was gone she went crazy chewing and I came home to a bloody mess. She had chewed her tail, one back leg, and a spot on her back into open wounds. I ran her to vet and she got another Cytopoint shot, prednisone, antibiotics, and trazadone to calm her down until the itching subsided.



Now she is in a cone while the wounds heal and I feel like I have to find out the cause. The intensity of this reaction really scared me. I feel so helpless that I could not prevent this.
So sorry! Our Spoo chews his feet, the vet says it is allergies. We eliminated chicken and gluten, it helped a lot. He is on Single Protein chow, seems to be doing ok on Fish or Duck. We notice he is immediately worse when he has been running through the grass. How cruel! In summer we give him an allergy tab. Have not tried the shots yet, very expensive in Canada. Now that grass has been covered by snow, we notice more improvement again.

Charlie has never damaged himself (cross fingers) but he is clearly irritated by something

We are not sure what we will do next

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Reraven123 she did not react badly to the Cytopoint. The Cytopoint has been a godsend for her. We tried Apoquel for a year and she was better but still had a lot of itching. The Cytopoint takes the itch away completely for a period, usually 10-12 weeks. My frustration is that she reacting to something so strongly all of a sudden even with the Cytopoint. We already eliminated chicken and turkey form the diet and use a salmon protein food. I also bathe every two weeks to keep the environmental issues to a minimum. I‘m just starting to feel like there is something more than allergy going on.

Charlie’s Person, I hope you are able to try the Cytopoint or find something else to make him more comfortable in warmer weather. I have allergies that cause itching myself so I can certainly feel for our poor spoos

Mfmst I think you are right, I will be asking my vet for a referral to get this checked. I cannot stand not knowing what is gong on!
 

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Reraven123 she did not react badly to the Cytopoint. The Cytopoint has been a godsend for her. We tried Apoquel for a year and she was better but still had a lot of itching. The Cytopoint takes the itch away completely for a period, usually 10-12 weeks. My frustration is that she reacting to something so strongly all of a sudden even with the Cytopoint. We already eliminated chicken and turkey form the diet and use a salmon protein food. I also bathe every two weeks to keep the environmental issues to a minimum. I‘m just starting to feel like there is something more than allergy going on.



Charlie’s Person, I hope you are able to try the Cytopoint or find something else to make him more comfortable in warmer weather. I have allergies that cause itching myself so I can certainly feel for our poor spoos



Mfmst I think you are right, I will be asking my vet for a referral to get this checked. I cannot stand not knowing what is gong on!
Reraven123 she did not react badly to the Cytopoint. The Cytopoint has been a godsend for her. We tried Apoquel for a year and she was better but still had a lot of itching. The Cytopoint takes the itch away completely for a period, usually 10-12 weeks. My frustration is that she reacting to something so strongly all of a sudden even with the Cytopoint. We already eliminated chicken and turkey form the diet and use a salmon protein food. I also bathe every two weeks to keep the environmental issues to a minimum. I‘m just starting to feel like there is something more than allergy going on.



Charlie’s Person, I hope you are able to try the Cytopoint or find something else to make him more comfortable in warmer weather. I have allergies that cause itching myself so I can certainly feel for our poor spoos



Mfmst I think you are right, I will be asking my vet for a referral to get this checked. I cannot stand not knowing what is gong on!
Thanks, I am going to investigate the Cytopoint again. I did find that a soothing oatmeal/tea tree shampoo every 2 weeks with an anti itch conditioner was helpful too. As I have a health plan and poor Poodle does not, I got my vet's ok to use my own very expensive eye drop prescription on him, it is marvelous for itchy eyes

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I discovered that a reaction to various meats was not there when the meat was organic and raw, only when it was from CAFO animals and in processed food. Just a thought.
 

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I've heard such good things about raw diet but we can't do it.
Here are some of the interesting situations where raw food is an issue

1) our daughter's daycare is licensed and we could no longer visit with Charlie. As we live an hour away that would also mean we can't go.
2) my mother in law has cancer and has a compromised immune system. The doctor said no raw dog food in house. We have nowhere to leave Charlie when we stay with her.
3) we cross the border a lot. The fines for carrying raw food are serious stuff , everything is impounded and you will be red flagged for the future
4) we often live off the grid for weeks and months at at a time in a little trailer. Our solar cells can't run enough refrigeration to safely store any quantity of raw

Who would have imagined these complications

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Raven's Mom I'm so sorry, Raven's reaction is clearly beyond the norm.

I have a friend who's dog, an English Cocker Spaniel, is also suffering from terrible allergies. She went to the bathroom before our class, and in that time her dog had licked one of his paws raw. She had to put his booties back on in class. He wears booties outdoors to minimize touching grass. He's also prescription on hydrolyzed kibble for sensitive stomachs. She's been all over seeing various specialists including dermatology and continues to struggle as are you.

I would further explore diet. If anything in the diet is causing some irritation - doesn't have to be an outright obvious allergic response - but it could be causing some inflammation. Layer on other sources of inflammation and the response could be worse.
 

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I do not feed raw 'dog food', and not ground meat. Any ground meat, or ground dog food, spoils much faster than un-cut meats.
I feed only human grade raw meat, plus raw fruit and slightly cooked vegetables. His organ meat is only from organic animals.
 
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