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    FAQ: Does your pet have allergies?

    Does your pet have allergies? Please tell us your story and how you are treating them, so others can learn from your experiences.

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    FAQ: Does your pet have allergies?

    Long ago I did have a bulldog named Sarah. She had the worst allergies and I learned so much from her. This was long ago but I will never forget.

    She had cosmetic surgery to help with tearing by removing her nose rope (it was huge and I probably would not have done it if I only knew what I know now). She had the desensitizing shots after her allergy panel, she also took steriods, poor girl was a hot mess. I was bathing her almost daily, her ears will filled with brown yeast at each cleaning morning and night, her ear infections never ended.

    What ended up helping her was finding the right food, once she was on a food that suited her (she was allergic to 20 different foods) her allergies decreased to almost zero, after years of itching and bloody face from rubbing it on the carpet. The food that worked so well for her was Go Natural.

    I also believe eventually the shots gave her a better immune system, it just took time (years) for her to get there.

    She lived to be 13 years old, so it did not effect her overall longevity to be so sick when she was an adolescent. She was such an amazing girl. She was an English Bulldog bred in a Hungarian puppy mill. I had purchased her from an online pet store, I think it was called next day pets or something. Back then I was pretty naive, I had no idea about puppy mills or bad breeding. But in the end she taught me a lot that I could share with others, because it still happening to people who purchase English bulldog from bad breeders.

    I'll see if I can find some pictures of her during her allergy prone days.
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    Re: FAQ: Does your pet have allergies?

    I must be the luckiest pet owner ever. I've never had a dog with allergies. That is most unusual considering that I've had four English Bulldogs. Winnie is still young, my bully, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she doesn't develop any. Dallas is a terrible place to live if you have allergies.

    I'm not counting bee stings, which most of my dogs HAVE been allergic to in that they get hives and puff up like toads! I've always had boxers and bulldogs, so I don't know if that reaction is more common in short nosed breeds. When we get a bee sting, we usually go straight to the vet at the first sign of hives or swelling for a shot (anti-inflammatory and steroid). Benedryl is good, but it is usually not enough for my dogs when they get stung. The scary thing to look for in the event of a sting is breathing difficulty and I only had that happen once with a bully. We went right to the emergency vet. Oh yeah, it usually happens on the weekend when the vet is closed--of course!

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    Re: FAQ: Does your pet have allergies?

    Yup! Jax has environmental allergies (grass, trees, shrubs, weeds, everything outside and green.) He was diagnosed just before he turned 1 year old.

    Jax had kept getting yeasty paws, itching and scratching like crazy to the point he was scratching himself raw. His regular vet put him on Temaril P to stop the itching and it worked. I knew this was not a good long term solution so after a couple of months I had decided to take him to a dermatologist. They did an intradermal environmental allergy test (none of the vets in my area test for food allergies and none of them do blood tests). He has now been on allergy shots going on 13 months and he gets a daily Apoquel. It's hard to say if the shots are working since it is just over a year and it can take quite awhile. I do know that the Apoquel helps because if I forget to give him one, he gets super itchy. I know there are no long term studies out there yet for Apoquel but the alternative is letting Jax be absolutely miserable without it.

    I have tried MULTIPLE different foods, shampoos, wiping him down after coming in from outside, etc. I now have 3 different shampoos I rotate with and I give him a bath once a week. I also do paw soaks as needed. He gets kefir, salmon oil and coconut oil. I tried local raw honey for awhile but I didn't notice a difference and I read it could be yeasty because of the sugar so I stopped the honey. I also tried some Aller-911 tablets that have turmeric, bromelain, and other "natural" anti-histamines and anti-inflammatories but he was having some sort of digestive distress on it cause he was super gassy and I mean way beyond the normal gas.

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