I have a lab who is 100 lbs and a brown heeler who is 50 lbs. Can someone tell me how much Ivamectin to give each one, and if I need to dilute it for each one, please give me the formula to dilute?
Also, my lab has "ALLERGIES" what can I do to help him out for this aweful scratching he does. I have changed his dog food to Science Diet, I bath him with vet shampoos they give (which only quiets him down for about 2 days) and he takes the hydralazine and sometimes if I am out of that, the Benadryl. I give him fish oil, but NOTHING, I MEAN NOTHING seems to help him. I keep my yard maintained so that he does not get fleas. I am at my wits end. They really try to shy away from giving prednisone to dogs. That is the last resort.
Well if it's a food allergy then science diet won't help. The three top allergies amoung dogs are chicken, beef, and corn and 2 out of those 3 are in science diet. I'd got to a lamb formula of a top graded food that doesn't have corn, soy, etc. and if money's an issue Canidae is a great food and is cheaper than science diet. Make sure you stay on the food for awhile as it can take up to 6 weeks for the allergen to completly leave the system. Take a look at the Wiley's list of dog food sticky. Hope this helps!
Good price and Canidae IMHO don't really go together, though it is probably cheaper than science diet. Chicken Soup is a much cheaper food that's still excellent quality, in our area it's about $17 for a 15 lb bag, and $27.99 for a 35 lb bag. There's some Natural Balance foods that don't have corn or chicken in them too but they are more expensive.
You mentioned that you kept your yard maintained... how exactly do you keep it maintained? I'd never rule totally out fleas as an allergy source, regardless of yard treatments, especially if you're not using any kind of quality topical flea treatment (specifically, Frontline, Advantage or Advantix don't bother wasting money on the others).
Also, some dogs are bored chewers. That is, they chew on themselves out of habit.
What shampoo does the vet have you using?
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
Please be very careful with the ivermectin. A tiny bit too much can damage your dog severely. Phone the vet, and ask for the correct dosage, and make sure you know exactly what he means. I would recommend Eagle Pack Holistic, but I don't know how much it is where you are. It's worth every penny, because not only is it a good food, you feed far less than cheaper brands.
Actually Ivermectin has a huge margin for error unless your dog is a collie-type breed (sensitive to Ivermectin). On the other hand, Ivermectin will have no effect on an allergy. It is a parasite killing product. It has been used for treating mange but if your dog has mange you should be consulting the vet.
I was referring to Ivermectin purchased at feed stores and prepared for sheep horses and cattle. I know quite a few people who also use it for their dogs. There is a definite danger of toxicosis, if the dosage is wrong.