I have tried benadryl, chlortrimeton, tavist and atarax. None of these are helping her constant paw chewing and scratching. I read that sometimes, a combination of two different antihistamines will help. Does anyone have any experience with this therapy?
Also, I recently read some positive results with a new drug called Atopica (cyclosporin). It's very expensive, but I'd certainly give it a try if it really works. Does anyone know anything about this medication?
I'm very frustrated for my little dog, but I'm trying to avoid starting her on shots.
I have changed her food so that she receives a good amount of Omega 3 and 6 through her new food. I bathe her weekly in oatmeal shampoo or other medicated shampoos. I wipe her feet with baby wipes when we come in the house after walks. Blood work reveals allergies to mold and fungus. Since I live in Florida, this is impossible to avoid. I've even tried Homeopet Skin and Itch relief, a homeopathic remedy.
Please provide feedback about the combination antihistamine idea and/or the Atopica. My baby needs relief! Thank you so very much for your input.
I have the same problem with my beagle Maggie. Luckily she is more of a seasonal sufferer though it does tend to linger into late fall and start again in early spring.
The one most important thing we did this past year that helped her considerably was not to vaccinate. Instead we did a titer test to determine if she actually needed any vacs which she didn't. I noticed in the past that within 24 hrs of vaccinations she would start suffering from her allergies. This past year she didn't start until late fall which took months off her suffering.
Another thing we do is give her Vit. C (found at Petsmart). That really helps her as well since that keeps a good boost to her immune system.
I hope this helps! I know how terrible it is to watch them suffer. I will admit that by late fall we did have to break down and get her an allergy shot. This was the first year we had to do that but we also had an unseasonably warm fall.
Talk to your vet about titer testing before you give anymore vacs. When I mentioned this connection to our first vet they thought I was a bit nuts and brushed me off. We switched vets and they listened. It really helped her this year.