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Old 03-14-2019, 12:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm in need of some help and advice. I'm so frustrated after spending thousands of dollars on allergy testing and visits over the years and nothing really helping I am at a loss. Roxie has had allergies all her life and every allergy test comes back showing different things. I spend $110 a month on apoquel and it's not helping at all she is still having itchy ears, break outs on the skin, itchy eyes, and itchy feet year round. I want to know if there is anything else that has helped your dog? I would rather spend $110 a month on something that works. Looking into natural things that may help also?
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Old 03-14-2019, 01:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I know you are looking for something new, but I can share our Apoquel experience. We have 2 of our boxers on it. We see a significant difference when they are on it vs. when off it.

They/ we did have to keep our 'puppy' (He's almost 2) on a higher dose for it to be effective on him. He gets a full pill in the morning and a half at night, the same as our older larger boxer.

It is crazy expensive, but we've had good results on it. We had massive wet spots and licking w/o it.

I'd love to have a natural alternative too, cheaper would be awesome, but their health is first.

We also now have some gentle baby wipes that we keep near the doggie door so we can wipe their paws when needed to help get stuff off of them.

For the ears we use some ear cleanse about once a week. We are in the SE so, it can get bad when the humidity starts.

I wish you luck!!
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I am curious about her allergies, do you know if they are food related or environmental. I'm guessing environmental from your post. Allergies are a big pain. We have been lucky with our boxer so far.
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Right now she is on the highest dose of apoquel and it did at one point work but she has been on it for years and it seems it just doesn't work for her anymore. Her testing has always come back with environmental allergies. I also clean her ears with zymox ear cleaner with hydrocortizone.
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Sorry it's not working any longer and she's having issues.
I'm guessing you've used all the other regular OTC allergy meds.
Not natural, but for me as a human, I used to take claritin for allergies, and my doctor changed it last year to Xyzal. He said the chemistry is so different, that while claritin was great in it's day, it's not the best option. He put me on Xyzal and it has helped me a good bit.


For humans they say eating honey made in the area can help when consumed regularly. I googled a while ago to see if you can give dogs honey and I think it said you could in moderation...it may be worth discussing w/ your vet if it hasn't been tried or ruled out.

I wish I could help you more. If I find or think of anything else I'll share.
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Not sure if this will help any because my dog’s allergy was food related. When I first got my dog, he developed very bad allergies that the vet tested him for scabbies because of how bad his fur looked, patches of bald spots everywhere. He put him on steroids but I’m a big fan of finding solutions instead of covering with medication unless life or death. I figured out it was eggs, no help from the vet, and my dogs fur is so beautiful and he’s so happy. No more chewing of the feet or bald spots anymore. You would be surprised how much dog food and treats have eggs in them. Just a thought...
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Not sure if this will help any because my dogs allergy was food related. When I first got my dog, he developed very bad allergies that the vet tested him for scabbies because of how bad his fur looked, patches of bald spots everywhere. He put him on steroids but Im a big fan of finding solutions instead of covering with medication unless life or death. I figured out it was eggs, no help from the vet, and my dogs fur is so beautiful and hes so happy. No more chewing of the feet or bald spots anymore. You would be surprised how much dog food and treats have eggs in them. Just a thought...
Thanks for sharing your experience. We've tried various foods and it's always the two out of three that have the issues. It's probably time we tried to narrow down the specific ingredients.
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If you can't find what she's allergic to, think about trying a low dose of prednisone every day or every other day. If she's miserable from her immune sys over-reacting that would help control things. Don't give up. It can be controlled. The low dose of pred probably would not be any worse for her than the symptoms are. Figure how much it takes to be effective and use the lowest dose necessary.
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