Just Moved Our Allergic Dog to a New State

Elsie – watching us pack up the truck.

After 15+ years of living in the Mid-Atlantic, we made a big, big move and picked up the family  - Elsie, the cats, my toddler son and husband and moved to Tampa, Florida. Although it was a major – and I mean major – change . . . → Read More: Just Moved Our Allergic Dog to a New State

Outdoor Molds on Fall Leaves Can Bring On Dog Allergies

weather.com mold spores map

The changing seasons usually bring on an allergy flare-up for our boxer Elsie. The Fall flare-up is most often brought on by increasing outdoor molds. Those pretty fall leaves pile up, get wet and breed molds. Even if we rake up every last leaf in our yard, it won’t prevent molds from other yards . . . → Read More: Outdoor Molds on Fall Leaves Can Bring On Dog Allergies

Homemade Dog Food Can be Used to Fight Allergies

Many allergic dog owners have had success feeding their pets homemade diets. Most fall into one of two camps: They either prepare their dog home-cooked food or they stick to the BARF/Raw diet. I personally have not tried any homemade diets for my boxer Elsie. We have had good success with her most recent . . . → Read More: Homemade Dog Food Can be Used to Fight Allergies

Dog Food Allergies? Try Simplified Diet and Limited-ingredient Dog Food.

If you suspect that your dog has a food allergy, you’ll want to take a close look at the ingredients in his food. Most dogs start on a commercial dog kibble that can be purchased at grocery stores. Many of these foods work just fine for non-allergic dogs. However, if your dog exhibits year-round . . . → Read More: Dog Food Allergies? Try Simplified Diet and Limited-ingredient Dog Food.

Dog Allergy Stories. Clayton, the American Pit Bull Terrier.

Clayton the American Pit Bull relaxing.

Clayton relaxing

Clayton, an American Pit Bull Terrier, was six weeks old when his owner Cassandra brought him home.  Cassandra, a Veterinary Technician, first  suspected that Clayton had allergies when he was four months old and developed Alopecia (a condition which causes hair loss) on his outer thighs.  Cassandra thought that Clayton . . . → Read More: Dog Allergy Stories. Clayton, the American Pit Bull Terrier.

Atopica for Dog Allergies. Benefits and Drawbacks.

Atopica for Dog Allergy Treatments

Atopica for Dogs is an oral pill which is becoming a popular alternative to dog allergy steroid treatments.  Many veterinarians and dog owners are turning to Atopica to treat their dog’s allergy symptoms.  As stated on Novartis’ Atopica website, it “can be used for long-term control of the allergic response in a dog’s skin.”

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Dog Allergy Testing and Allergy Shots

Dog Allergy Shots

When we first learned that our dog Elsie had allergies, I did some reading about allergy tests and allergy shots.  At the time, the allergy test seemed like an expensive option. I didn’t even know any humans who had been allergy tested – much less a dog.  It seemed like an outrageous expense to . . . → Read More: Dog Allergy Testing and Allergy Shots

Dog Allergy Stories. Gator the Lab Mix.

Gator - lab mix with dog allergies

Gator resting

Gator is a 13 year old Lab mix. When he was 6 months old, Gator was abandoned along a rural road in South Georgia.  When his owner Catherine rescued him, she noticed that he had severe skin problems.  She assumed that these skin issues were caused by fleas and ticks or . . . → Read More: Dog Allergy Stories. Gator the Lab Mix.

Using Steroids to Treat Dog Allergies

Steroids to treat Dog Allergies

Veterinarians often prescribe corticosteroids, most often referred to as steroids, for dogs with reoccurring allergy problems.  Steroids can effectively relieve dogs of their itching and red skin as soon as 24 hours after the drug is administered.

In most cases, steroids are supposed to be subscribed at an initial starting dose, and then reduced to smaller . . . → Read More: Using Steroids to Treat Dog Allergies

Does Your Dog Have Allergies?

Elsie - my Boxer with dog allergies

Elsie in her favorite spot.

My dog Elsie has very extreme allergies. My experiences in treating her allergies inspired me to write both this blog, and an ebook all about dog allergy symptoms, causes & treatments. I should be finished very soon.

Although I share a lot of my experiences with Elsie’s . . . → Read More: Does Your Dog Have Allergies?