So I've been asking about dog ownership, and got advice here (among other places) which led me to sign up to foster a dog. This is Huggy, my 5 year old foster mutt (though she's clearly got quite a bit of Rottie in her). She has a host of problems and she will be with me for a while. As a result, I have a host of questions. Can you answer some of them? (You are not my vet-- I have a good vet. ) [more inside]
My dog is allergic to a lot of things (39 out of 54 in her allergy test), some of her worst reactions were to several types of very common grasses and her own yeast. The doctor recommends allergen immunotherapy -- exposing her to low levels of the allergens to increase her tolerance to them over time. It is expensive and it takes a while -- about $1,200 over about 1 year. I would love to hear about people's (and their dogs') experiences about this therapy to get a better sense of its efficacy and safety. How well did it work? Were there any side effects? [more inside]
My dog seems to be allergic to something. Skin scrapes have shown it isn't mites or anything else. We've changed his food and other things in his environment, and he's still miserable. Pictures here. [more inside]
What practical, non-medical tips do you have for pet allergy sufferers who will have to stay in a home with a pet for multiple days? Next month I'll be faced with this. Reading previous questions, I saw a good suggestion - bring your own Pillow Case. What other things do you do when you know you have to live with someone with a pet for a few days? Any nonmedical suggestions for me, the visitor, are welcome, and I'd love to hear any kooky things you have done in the past that somehow worked for you.
Best treatment for a dog with skin allergies and hot spots? [more inside]
Help me convince my husband that we shouldn't wait to see the vet... [more inside]
My dog's really, really itchy, and my vet hasn't been much help. She's got bumps, sores, and the occasional scab on her underside. Allergy treatments haven't been much help (barring prednisone which isn't really a long-term solution) nor have special skin-treatment foods. And she doesn't have parasites, either. I'm kind of at a loss. [more inside]
My dog licks himself --a lot. The Vet suggested a very expensive (and possibly inconclusive) allergy test. Before spending $700-1000 so the Vet can tell me she has no idea I thought I would consult the hive mind. [more inside]