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Old 12-15-2012, 02:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We found out in October that Rowdy is allergy to dust, dustmites, corn pollen, and clover. (This past fall he itched so bad he even got hives a couple times and needed a steroid shot.) But about a month ago we started giving him allergy shots. I gave him the first one and it bothered me to do it, so now I hold him and my husband gives him the shot. But it's not going very well. While I'm holding Rowdy still, he pinches some skin and injects the needle, then backs the plunger to check for air or blood, then injects. But it's a slow process (and really need 3 hands). Poor Rowdy doesn't like it at all. He's had 5 shots (in the past 5 weeks), and we are all beginning to hate it. After 10 weeks, it will just be once a month. His itching is getting bad again (vet warned us it might get worse before it gets better, while trying to de-sensitize him), so I'm giving him 3 benedryls at a time, 3 times a day. It doesn't make him sleepy at all, it's like I'm giving him RedBull. He's so hyper.

Anybody else have to give shots, and have any advice to make it easier?
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Are you giving intramuscular shots or subcutaneous?

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Subcutaneous.
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I used to have a diabetic cat and so had to give him insulin shots subcutaneously
Not sure if the allergy med is injected the same way, but I never pulled the plunger back to check for blood after inserting it. Perhaps that is painful for him?
I would check with your vet to see if that is necessary to do that step.
Hope fully someone else can offer some advice as well.
Lisa - Mom2Rocky is a nurse, perhaps she can advise you.

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You really do need to slightly pull back on the plunger just in case you hit a vein. I thought the vets administered allergy shots, I wasnt aware it could be done from home.

I have heard some ppl have had success with this. Especially if the allergy list is minimal. What are you giving to support his immune system? I would look into adding in Bovine Colostrum daily.
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As a nurse yes we are taught to aspirate before injecting however as a diabetic for 35 years I quit doing that LONG AGO! I do it with my babies at work but it is still very quick. It should only take seconds to give the shot.
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You really do need to slightly pull back on the plunger just in case you hit a vein. I thought the vets administered allergy shots, I wasnt aware it could be done from home.

I have heard some ppl have had success with this. Especially if the allergy list is minimal. What are you giving to support his immune system? I would look into adding in Bovine Colostrum daily.

I give him 4 Health, and Nutrish Just 6 (both foods have no wheat, no soy, no corn). I also make him brown rice with carrots and turkey breast for his supper. I give him Pet Tabs Plus, and also a teaspoon of Welactin every day. (a salmon oil supplement with Omega 3s).
I'll have to research that Bovine Colostrum.

Our vet said most of her clients learn to do the shot themselves, but some still bring the dog to her for it.

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Exactly what medication are you giving him? The shot Gouda used to get years and years ago(I stopped having the Vet give them to her) was intramuscular.

You arent suppose to give the shot (the one Gouda got anyways) more often then every 3 weeks and even that is WAY too often if you ask me. Its hard on the liver and not something one should rely on. It's best to find a better solution in my opinion then to give allergy shots all the time.
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As far as Bovine Colostrum look in the holistic section I posted a thread with information there
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