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  • French Bulldog Allergy Treatments and Prevention


    Hazel is enjoying the outdoors in the beautiful grass.....
    but for many Frenchies even a trip outdoors can cause severe allergic reactions



    Does your Frenchie constantly itch?
    Get skin irritations?
    Stink even right after a bath?
    Lick their paws constantly?
    Have reoccurring ear infections?
    Get hot spots?



    If you answered yes to any one of these questions,
    then your Frenchie could be suffering from Allergies.


    What are some of the symptoms of allergies?

    •Hot Spots, also called "Moist Dermatitis" (flaming red bouts of skin with moist puss coming out)
    •Hives & Bumps
    •Constantly Itching (that is not flea related)
    •Swollen and Watering Eyes (so much that they never stop)
    •Chronic Ear Infections
    •Constant Paw Licking
    •Butt Twirling or Scooting (They are trying to reach an itch, this can also be anal glands needing to be expressed)
    •Face Rubbing on Furniture/Carpeting
    •Constantly Stinks, Baths Don't Help Much (this can also be yeast infection)
    •Interdigital Cysts Between Toes
    •Swollen, Puffy, Red, Bloodshot Eyes
    •Chronic Wrinkle Inflammation
    •Abundance of Yeast Growth

    There are many different allergy sources. Allergens are quite literally EVERYWHERE. Here are some different allergy types so you can start approaching this with an open mind.

    ENVIRONMENTAL

    The most common allergies that effect most of us, humans and canines alike, are environmental. The dust mites blowing out of your AC vent. The flowers in bloom outdoors. Freshly cut grass. Many of these allergens are literally floating in the air we breathe. There is no escaping these allergens, only surviving them. Daily allergy medication will help combat these allergies. You can take steps to keep your home as dust and allergen free as possible with vacuuming, changing out your air filters, dust mite/bed bug covers, etc.

    FOOD ALLERGIES

    With all the bad ingredients found in many low grade pet foods, our pets are reacting not only to what it is in these foods but where they get their ingredients sourced from. Many times, a high quality diet can cure almost all of your bullies allergy problems. However, many times a limited ingredient diet, raw or home cooked, may become necessary. These diets can help identify food allergies much faster because you only have a certain number of ingredients to look at. For many Frenchie owners, finding the right food has changed their lives for the better. I cannot stress the importance of "Finding the right food" for your Frenchie. Even those Frenchies with severe allergy problems have found so much relief in a high quality, immune boosting diet. We will discuss the importance of diet further in this article so please continue reading.


    CONTACT ALLERGIES

    While most allergies are usually divided into just two groups, I decided that Contact Allergies should be in a whole category of its own. While contact allergies are environmental, these actually come into contact with the skin so they can be avoided unlike other environmental allergies that cannot be avoided. Contact allergies are EVERYWHERE! Grass, bushes, blankets, bowls, beds, and even their crate and can be just about anything. If your Frenchie has a sudden outbreak of the itchies or hives, look around. Have they come into contact with something new?

    Let me give you some examples to open your mind to the possibilities:


    •Have you recently cleaned your floors with a new cleaner?
    •Have you bought any new toys?
    •Did you change your laundry detergent/fabric softener?
    •Did you buy a new floor rug?
    •Have you had your carpets cleaned?
    •Have you used any topical flea treatments?

    Notice the word "New" pops up all the time.


    Things you can do to eliminate contact allergies:

    •Use detergents free of perfumes and dyes to wash bedding.
    •Use only stainless steel or ceramic bowls for eating and drinking, and clean them often.
    •Avoid using cleaners at full strength in areas your Frenchie will be laying in often.
    •Put clothing on your Frenchie when going into areas they are allergic to, such as grass.
    •Wipe down paws when coming inside.

    TREATMENT

    There are many different ways to treat allergies; it is important to go over the many different treatment options with your Vet. Don't let them give you a package of pills and send you on your way. This only guarantees your Frenchie another vet visit next month, is only temporary relief, and just masks the source of the problem which will likely just return.

    If your Frenchie has been itching nonstop and you are finding hives, open sores and/or hair loss, you will likely need a trip to the vet. Many times the constant itching can cause skin infections that will need to be treated with antibiotics.

    Some of the treatment options you can discuss with your vet are:

    Steroids - Steroids should only be used as a temporary relief. Many vets may call this an "Allergy Shot." Beware of this terminology because knowing what is in this miracle shot is important. Make sure you ask! Long term usage of steroid pills in smaller doses is not completely uncommon, but you should discuss the risks of using this type of treatment.


    Antibiotics - Antibiotics are one of the number one things prescribed to you by your vet. Antibiotics are wonderful, but most kill broad spectrum bacteria which means they also kill the GOOD bacteria, as well as the BAD bacteria in the body. It is important to give Probiotics when giving antibiotics to help replenish the good bacteria. A spoonful of plain yogurt in each meal is a great way to give daily probiotics.


    Allergy Testing - There are different allergy tests out there, and many vets don't really seem to want to do these tests because they are not 100% accurate and can produce false positives and negatives. Depending on the type of test will depend on the accuracy. In my personal opinion, it is better to know something than to know nothing at all. Keep in mind that some of your test results may not be perfect, at least it will give you an idea of the allergens that are clearly effecting your pet. There is usually a scale that comes with the testing, saying which are 'borderline' and which are 'severe.'

    It is also important to know that if you get allergy testing done before they are over 1 year old, you really should get another test done after one year. It takes a full year of life to develop antibodies that fight allergens, and their bodies must be exposed to different allergens of all the four seasons.

    The blood test is the least expensive test but also the least accurate. But as I stated previously, I think it is worth every penny if you are fighting severe allergies, even if they are not 100%, being armed with some knowledge is better than none at all.

    NuVet Plus Supplement - Nuvet has pages and pages of testimonials regarding how it has saved their pet from a lifetime of allergy problems, tear stains, lethargy, itching, ect. NuVet Plus is an immune system booster and will help not only with allergies but many other health problems. CLICK HERE to order NuVet and give them order code 1101106, tell them bullmama sent you for 15% off your order with auto-ship!

    BEST PART ABOUT NUVET PLUS IS IT IS A 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE, so if it doesn't help your pet you can always send it back for a full refund!

    Allergy Shots - Allergy shots can be specially produced according to what your allergy test above reveals. You are trying to build up an immunity to what they are allergic to specifically, but this is a slow process and you may not see any results for a full year. This is no miracle cure, but it is worth the time and effort for the possibility of some relief.


    Cyclosporine/Atopica - Cyclosporine should be a last ditch effort to allergy treatments. There are many noted side effects, but this has also been the 'wonder drug' for many pets with severe allergies.


    Natural Remedies - There are many natural remedy choices for helping with allergies. These are not as broadly used because Veterinarians don't sell or market them. One that was discussed recently on our forum is worth trying, it's called "Yucca Intensive." Yucca Intensive is an outstanding, safe, all-natural supplement that is given for a number of reasons, including the joints, skin, and digestion. Yucca is a purified extract derived from the Yucca plant, which is thought to promote symptom relief similar to steroid medications with none of the side effects.


    Daily Antihistamine - Besides over the counter Benadryl, there are many other daily allergy medications. Zyrtec, Claritin, Hydroxyzine, and many more. Pets react differently to different antihistamines so you may have to try a few out to find out which works best for your Frenchie.


    "Prescription Diet" - In some cases, prescription diets can help. For most Frenchies however, this should be something you turn and run from in the other direction as fast as you can! These diets are full of bad ingredients and are not good for the long term life of your pet.

    There are so many high quality diets and limited ingredient diets out there that are made by good companies with excellent ingredients -- for the same price per pound, if not less. There's also the option of home cooking and/or feeding a raw diet.

    WHATEVER YOU CHOOSE TO FEED YOUR PET IS THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL MAKE REGARDING THEIR LONG TERM HEALTH AND ALLERGY PROBLEMS!

    Please do your research on pet foods - we are here to help with this! Here is some great articles on this forum and on our sister forum English Bulldog News.

    Understanding Dog Food Labels and Finding Bad Ingredients

    Dog Food Ratings on English Bulldog News

    Our Top Recommended Dog Food Choices

    View Our Diet and Nutrition Discussion Boards on the Forum


    TREATING COMMON ALLERGY FLARE UPS

    YEAST & BACTERIA - Yeast is a Frenchie owner's worst enemy! Many Frenchies may be diagnosed by a Veterinarian of having allergy problems, when they actually have a yeast infection. Yeast infections are commonly caused by allergies, they seem to go hand-in-hand in most cases, especially in Frenchies. If yeast makes its way into your pet's ears, wrinkles, tail pocket, vaginal fold, nose ropes, or any other warm cozy and moist areas, it can grow and spread quickly.

    So what does yeast look like? Well, that is a difficult answer. Many Frenchie owners may describe it as a dark brown-reddish substance. However, a culture of that "substance" may bring back different forms of bacteria and fungus, as it is not likely that it is only yeast overgrowth. Us Frenchie owners know it looks bad, smells awful, and itches. Unless you get a culture done at your vet you will not know exactly what you are dealing with. This is why it is a good idea to treat and maintain with products that kill both fungus and bacteria.



    Yeast or Bacteria Under the Paw Pad


    Abnormal Swollen Paw


    Inside of ears should not be disgusting and complete fully of gross stuff.
    You should have just a little wax and dirt when you clean them.

    There are many products you can use to fight these creepy microscopic critters. Keeping all the wrinkles, ears, tail pockets, under paw pads, vulva, etc. clean and dry is very important. Stay on top of the problem. If you are having a problem with these areas, you will need to clean them at LEAST once a day, twice a day is better, until they are completely resolved. Then every few days and maintenance cleanings should only be necessary.

    Yeast hates vinegar! Adding a small amount of Apple Cider Vinegar (the kind that is "From the Mother", not the generic kind) to their food or water can help kill yeast. You can also mix 1 cup of vinegar (white vinegar is fine in this case) to bath water after you have rinsed all the soap off. Do a "final rinse" with this water.

    Yeast loves warm moist places! Using baby wipes alone to wipe wrinkles will probably make things worse! You are only adding moisture to these areas and making the yeast happy. Baby wipes are great to use first, but you should always follow up with something that will actually kill the bad bacteria and yeast that is left behind. Visit our NuVet, Hardypet, & Rx Vitamins for Pets are highly praised.


    DAILY ROUTINE - Check your Frenchie daily, as well as clean and treat any needed areas. Give them treats and lots of love, and a nice gentle brushing. Never do your daily routine if you are crabby or not in the mood. Frustration and anger can be sensed by your Frenchie. If you are annoyed that they are not cooperating, remember to (try to) be happy and make it a pleasurable experience.


    USE RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS - There are thousands of products out there. Our breed is different than most pets so finding what works for Frenchies, recommended by other Frenchie owners, is the best place to start. Check out our Grooming and Cleaning Forum or "Recommened French Bulldog Productsfor tips & great product recommendations from other Frenchie owners.


    DAILY ANTIHISTAMINE - Daily antihistamines can be given to tame allergies. Benadryl comes in 25mg capsules and the dosage is 1mg per pound. Talk to your vet about your daily antihistamine routine, this information should be kept in your Frenchie's medical records and your vet should be informed if you are using it. If an emergency came up they could prescribe something without knowing your usage which could cause overdosing of the same or similar medication.


    Please understand that allergies will vary from one Frenchie to the next. What works for one owner may not work for another. I am just passing on to you what we have learned over the years in hopes that you can find the right combination for your Frenchie. No Frenchie should have to suffer from severe allergies, and hopefully this article has given you the tools you need to get started in your battle, and win your war!

    If you have any useful information to share, please do! Your experiences will help other Frenchie owners so please comment below. We also want to know some of the strangest things you have found your Frenchie to be allergic to!
    Comments 38 Comments
    1. Alice Kable's Avatar
      Alice Kable -
      Great information, Lisa! Thanks for posting this well written article!
    1. bullmama's Avatar
      bullmama -
      @CaliSMoMMy here is the allergy article


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    1. davidh's Avatar
      davidh -
      Great info.
    1. Kris Thomas LaBounty's Avatar
      Kris Thomas LaBounty -
      Boy, I wish I would have seen this months ago. I am seeing a dermatologist and we're treating a slight bacterial infection with Simplicef for 21 days and a RX food (I appreciated your input on that) by Royal Canin for 8 weeks and then we take him for testing and I will choose the desensitization treatment because I want him cured. He's always eaten grain free and he still gets pink so I assume it's not food but grass. He will just be a yr old tomorrow so Again I appreciated your information on testing protocol. Great article, thank you. I can't tell you how many times I have posted to FB owners on FB pages inquiring about my pup smelling like a baby camel and NO ONE mentioned allergies to me. I suspected a skin infection myself and took him to a vet that gave me a Keflex generic and I thought about it and decided to look for a specialist vet in my area to be treated appropriately. After all, I wouldn't let a family practice doctor do brain surgery on my husband. This article will be good so I have enough information to ask the appropriate questions when we return to the doctor.
    1. colton45's Avatar
      colton45 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kris Thomas LaBounty View Post
      Boy, I wish I would have seen this months ago. I am seeing a dermatologist and we're treating a slight bacterial infection with Simplicef for 21 days and a RX food (I appreciated your input on that) by Royal Canin for 8 weeks and then we take him for testing and I will choose the desensitization treatment because I want him cured. He's always eaten grain free and he still gets pink so I assume it's not food but grass. He will just be a yr old tomorrow so Again I appreciated your information on testing protocol. Great article, thank you. I can't tell you how many times I have posted to FB owners on FB pages inquiring about my pup smelling like a baby camel and NO ONE mentioned allergies to me. I suspected a skin infection myself and took him to a vet that gave me a Keflex generic and I thought about it and decided to look for a specialist vet in my area to be treated appropriately. After all, I wouldn't let a family practice doctor do brain surgery on my husband. This article will be good so I have enough information to ask the appropriate questions when we return to the doctor.
      Been fighting the yeast infections for a while (we call it APD: Arm Pit Disease). I've tried everything. This all started with a trip to the vet who diagnosed a yeast infection in the ears. Ears had mud in them. Vet sold me a couple of bottles of epi-otic(?) ear cleaner. On a whim and after exhausting every avenue, I cleaned the hotspots with the epi-otic fluid (rubbed it in good) and while it was still wet coated the spots with triple antibiotic to seal it in (3x 1st day, 2x after). Noticeable improvement next day, gone in three days. Ears never got infected again but APD comes and goes with Mac's routine patrols around the yard. He now has it on his face and we are out of town and away from the ear cleaner. Crap. When we get back, he'll get his rub down with ear cleaner. When I get back home I will look a the labels cause there were three of them vet sold me for $20 each. Sigh. They are 7.50 online. I will follow up if I can find this link again. I figured if it cured his ears then it should cure his skin. It worked like a charm. Now for his diet..............
    1. Kris Thomas LaBounty's Avatar
      Kris Thomas LaBounty -
      Quote Originally Posted by colton45 View Post
      Been fighting the yeast infections for a while (we call it APD: Arm Pit Disease). I've tried everything. This all started with a trip to the vet who diagnosed a yeast infection in the ears. Ears had mud in them. Vet sold me a couple of bottles of epi-otic(?) ear cleaner. On a whim and after exhausting every avenue, I cleaned the hotspots with the epi-otic fluid (rubbed it in good) and while it was still wet coated the spots with triple antibiotic to seal it in (3x 1st day, 2x after). Noticeable improvement next day, gone in three days. Ears never got infected again but APD comes and goes with Mac's routine patrols around the yard. He now has it on his face and we are out of town and away from the ear cleaner. Crap. When we get back, he'll get his rub down with ear cleaner. When I get back home I will look a the labels cause there were three of them vet sold me for $20 each. Sigh. They are 7.50 online. I will follow up if I can find this link again. I figured if it cured his ears then it should cure his skin. It worked like a charm. Now for his diet..............
      My Sergeant has been back to the dermatologist since I posted the above. He was put on another round of antibiotics because the bacterial infection hadn't cleared all the way, kept on his "Royal Canin" RX Diet, baths 2Xs per week with a special RX Bacteria killing shampoo and scheduled next Friday for testing. He's been to both Zion and Bryce since I posted and exhibits allergy symptoms. I am convinced it's environmental, it was worse while we were traveling, and not due to food but we'll know for sure next week. He smells much better and has less pink around his mouth and no bumps but still licks the crap out of his feet. I chose to do the testing and desensitization because he's only just a year old and I imagined I'd be spending the cost of the testing and desensitization over the next several years of chasing his issues. If you can locate a specialist (dermatologist) in your area my best suggestion would be to take him there. My regular vet had treated my dog twice with stuff that didn't work. That's because it was a "guess". Without scraping the areas and testing the tissue you have no idea what you're dealing with. My pup had cherry eye too and I sought out an eye surgeon/eye specialist and the surgery cost more but the treatment was clean and successful. I always recommend specialists, in the long run they save you money even though at the time it costs a little more. If you live in a big city or close to a Vet Program call the university and they will help you. I live near Salt Lake, which isn't all that big and the vet in charge at the university helped me. My dermatologist travels between here and Washington State but the clinic employs other dermatologists that travel in OH, NM, CA, TX, AZ, NE, UT, WA and VT. It's called Dermatology for Animals 877-604-8366 and anyone who owns a pet with allergies should give the specialist a try. I couldn't bear to let my Sergeant suffer and itch for the rest of his life. I want him healthy and happy, allergies can be dealt with and stopped. If my husband had cancer I wouldn't make him see our family physician for treatment. I'll follow up too after we start desensitization and let everyone know how it's working and if it's worth the investment.
    1. Kris Thomas LaBounty's Avatar
      Kris Thomas LaBounty -
      Dermatologist Visit Update: Sergeant had his skin testing done yesterday. As I expected he has allergies to environmental elements. Dust was a major one (for me too) and I have never seen as much dust as we have in Utah. I'm from Florida and my house couldn't get as dusty in 6 mos as it does here in 2-3 days :-( There is also a mite that gets into your dog food so I will be looking for a dog food that is resealable like the RX Royal Canin was. There is nothing we can do about the grasses, weeds and trees so we will be doing the desensitization. Our serum should be here next week and it starts with weekly injections and then goes to every other week for 6 months and then we see and may need to extend his treatment for another 6 months. I will be giving the injections myself. The cost of the desensitization serum was about $250 and lasts for 6 months so it's really not all that expensive. The testing was a little more expensive than the first diagnostic visit and all together we'll have about $1300 wrapped up into the diagnosis and treatment. I figure I would have spent $1300 easily over his lifetime spot treating him. Poor baby has 2 shaved spots on his leg for the catheter and a big shaved square on his side with lots of welts :-( That was the worst part of the whole thing for me but I am hopeful all this will work and we can move on. I'll update so people will know if it's worth the investment.
    1. 2bullymama's Avatar
      2bullymama -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kris Thomas LaBounty View Post
      Dermatologist Visit Update: Sergeant had his skin testing done yesterday. As I expected he has allergies to environmental elements. Dust was a major one (for me too) and I have never seen as much dust as we have in Utah. I'm from Florida and my house couldn't get as dusty in 6 mos as it does here in 2-3 days :-( There is also a mite that gets into your dog food so I will be looking for a dog food that is resealable like the RX Royal Canin was. There is nothing we can do about the grasses, weeds and trees so we will be doing the desensitization. Our serum should be here next week and it starts with weekly injections and then goes to every other week for 6 months and then we see and may need to extend his treatment for another 6 months. I will be giving the injections myself. The cost of the desensitization serum was about $250 and lasts for 6 months so it's really not all that expensive. The testing was a little more expensive than the first diagnostic visit and all together we'll have about $1300 wrapped up into the diagnosis and treatment. I figure I would have spent $1300 easily over his lifetime spot treating him. Poor baby has 2 shaved spots on his leg for the catheter and a big shaved square on his side with lots of welts :-( That was the worst part of the whole thing for me but I am hopeful all this will work and we can move on. I'll update so people will know if it's worth the investment.
      Poor guy.... dust is a tough one. Try buying a sealed dog food container. I have a rubbermaid one that seals and keeps the food nice and fresh
    1. Julie Stevenson's Avatar
      Julie Stevenson -
      Great info! I have spent hours researching what causes allergies and what to do for it. Ollie gets hives and when we got him we found out he was severly allergic to corn and grains. He's on Blue Buffallo Freedom Puppy now and it made a HUGE difference. No more itching and no more stinky skin folds!
    1. Kris Thomas LaBounty's Avatar
      Kris Thomas LaBounty -
      Quote Originally Posted by Julie Stevenson View Post
      Great info! I have spent hours researching what causes allergies and what to do for it. Ollie gets hives and when we got him we found out he was severly allergic to corn and grains. He's on Blue Buffallo Freedom Puppy now and it made a HUGE difference. No more itching and no more stinky skin folds!
      We fed Blue Buffalo Freedom Puppy too. We don't have food allergies they're environmental (grasses, trees, dust, food mites etc). We got our serum today delivered to our door and start injections Monday (so I have a vet open all week in case of a reaction). Never gave injections before so I hope I do well :-D Wish us luck!
    1. Julie Stevenson's Avatar
      Julie Stevenson -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kris Thomas LaBounty View Post
      We fed Blue Buffalo Freedom Puppy too. We don't have food allergies they're environmental (grasses, trees, dust, food mites etc). We got our serum today delivered to our door and start injections Monday (so I have a vet open all week in case of a reaction). Never gave injections before so I hope I do well :-D Wish us luck!
      It's not too bad once you get used to it. I used to give injections to our kittens at the Pet Store that I used to manage. I'm sure your vet has given you a demo of how to do it. I find that if you pull the skin up with two fingers and then using your other hand push the needle into the skin that is raised it's not to bad. You will feel a pop when it goes in. Hopefully Sarge won't jump or cry on you. That makes it tough on the heart strings. Let us know how it goes!
    1. Kris Thomas LaBounty's Avatar
      Kris Thomas LaBounty -
      Quote Originally Posted by Julie Stevenson View Post
      It's not too bad once you get used to it. I used to give injections to our kittens at the Pet Store that I used to manage. I'm sure your vet has given you a demo of how to do it. I find that if you pull the skin up with two fingers and then using your other hand push the needle into the skin that is raised it's not to bad. You will feel a pop when it goes in. Hopefully Sarge won't jump or cry on you. That makes it tough on the heart strings. Let us know how it goes!
      LOL Yup, I got a demo alright while he was jumping around like a crazy man with glazed over eyes due to the excitement of seeing the ladies. I wouldn't even try to do it he was so crazy and he's sooooo strong. That is the strongest less than 30 lb dog you have ever seen. The serum came and I want to start it when the vet is open and will be there for several days just in case he has a reaction so I'm starting on Monday. Eeek, wish me luck.
    1. winginit66's Avatar
      winginit66 -
      Good luck Kris. I just had Gidget tested b/c she has had hives a couple of times. All of her results came back pretty much negative for food and environmental so... Not really sure where to go from here. She just looks like she has little marks on her (not like the hives - they were raised bumpy looking things) if you look at her when she is facing away from you. She isn't really chewing on her paws but we have been wiping her down with baby wipes after she's been out. No raw spots or hot spots. She's on Blue Buffalo Chicken at this time.
    1. Julie Stevenson's Avatar
      Julie Stevenson -
      Hey Kristine - How is Sarge doing with the shots? Better question, how are you doing giving them?
    1. Kris Thomas LaBounty's Avatar
      Kris Thomas LaBounty -
      Quote Originally Posted by Julie Stevenson View Post
      Hey Kristine - How is Sarge doing with the shots? Better question, how are you doing giving them?
      Yesterday was our 3rd injection. I have learned how to do them and it's not easy for me. We're up to .75CCs and now they"re every other week until we're done about a year from now. He no longer smells bad! Yipee!! I give him Benadryl every nite at 7PM and he's so much better. He still licks his paws but I'm sure it's a habit by now. Most of the pink has gone from his face and I have high hopes. It snowed today so I assume things will improve dramatically now that the lawn is covered in snow. I'll post again after we see where this is going but I have to say even though it was expensive ($1300 to date) I think it's worth it just to get rid of the smell. He really smelled bad. My husband said he smelled like a camel lol.
    1. Kris Thomas LaBounty's Avatar
      Kris Thomas LaBounty -
      Allergy Treatment Update: Sarge saw the dermatologist yesterday and she said he looks "good". She thinks the injections are working and I can tell you he does not smell bad anymore. We continue his vial and then return before we reorder in about 3/1/2-4 more months. I hate giving the injections but I am getting used to it. Last one he got a lump at the injection site about the size of a quarter and I was freaking out of course but I put a warm compress on it and the lump went away so I am not sure what cause that since I did the same thing I have done each time I have had to inject him. Nonetheless, he's alive, I am alive and he smells just perfect!
    1. bullmama's Avatar
      bullmama -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kris Thomas LaBounty View Post
      Allergy Treatment Update: Sarge saw the dermatologist yesterday and she said he looks "good". She thinks the injections are working and I can tell you he does not smell bad anymore. We continue his vial and then return before we reorder in about 3/1/2-4 more months. I hate giving the injections but I am getting used to it. Last one he got a lump at the injection site about the size of a quarter and I was freaking out of course but I put a warm compress on it and the lump went away so I am not sure what cause that since I did the same thing I have done each time I have had to inject him. Nonetheless, he's alive, I am alive and he smells just perfect!
      Great news, glad to hear he is improving
    1. Kris Thomas LaBounty's Avatar
      Kris Thomas LaBounty -
      Quote Originally Posted by bullmama View Post
      Great news, glad to hear he is improving
      This is such a good article. I see people post about allergies over and over and they really need to read this, it answers so many questions.
    1. Cbrugs's Avatar
      Cbrugs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kris Thomas LaBounty View Post
      This is such a good article. I see people post about allergies over and over and they really need to read this, it answers so many questions.
      Jax has been on Temaril-P for a week now and has significantly improved with his itching. I am not sure how long I will keep him on it as all it is doing is eliminating the scratching, not solving anything. He has only been on his new food for a little over a week so I will give that a little more time and then stop the pills and see what happens. If he goes back to the severe itching, I will take him to the dermatologist for a skin test. My vet has also talked about something called RESPIT. This is a "no test" immunotherapy. The injection is formulated to include the significant allergens for the region that you live in.
    1. Jessburgos's Avatar
      Jessburgos -
      Found it. Thank goodness. I loved this post and want to keep it handy.