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Sorry to start another "itchy pup" thread, but we're wondering if anyone has any advise about allergy treatment options. Rooney, our 3-year old basset, has been developing progressively more severe allergy symptoms, and this summer was the worst - full chest, neck, and leg-pit itchy rash, inflamed ears, secondary infections, the whole bit. We've spent lots of quality time at the vet's, tried some holistic options that did very little, and are now on our second round of prednisone. Urgh.

We know we need to get him on something long-term, and we're going to make a specialist appointment for him soon. But based on our research, it looks like the two main options are 1) allergy testing and allergy injections, and 2) Atopica. After searching some old posts, it sounds like some folks here have had success with allergy shots, but does anyone have any experience with Atopica? It sounds like side effects are minimal (other than a dramatic depletion of our bank account), but I worry a bit about putting him on a heavy-duty med at such a young age. Also, is it worth trying any of the prescription allergy foods? He's already on a Wellness Limited Ingredient formula (salmon and rice), which works well for his stomach, so I'm in no hurry to switch him.

Any thoughts or experiences would be great. Thanks!
 

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Haven't heard of Atopica. But my 8 year old American Bully has severe allergies as well. Along with a high quality food and special grass in our yard, she too is on allergy shots.

$100 a month for weekly shots.
And you may not see any improvement up to a year, I was told.

It's costly and Expensive. But we were tired of constantly putting her on steroids and antibiotics and getting no where.

I'd do the allergy testing. So you know what the allergies are. We were shocked to find out our Sammy was allergic to our own grass! We had to remove the grass and plant a different kind. So you never know.

Just my opinion. :] Good luck!
 

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Atopica=Cyclosporin

Clyclosporin was one of the first anti-rejection drugs for trainsplants it has found many other uses., one of which is restasis- dry eye treatment. Like prednisone it is an antiinflamitory and surpresses the immune system but they work differetly and have different long term side effects. Alergy shots work differently in that they try and retrain the bodies immune system not to over react to the allergen which is what an allergy is and over reaction of the immune system.
 

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I talked to my pharmacist about this today after reading your post. Like Mikey said it supresses the immune system so while it may be effective for itching it might cause some bigger issues, my pharm was mostly worried about infections/ cancers. Modified Cyclosporin (the generic) even with my employee discount ranges from $70-130 for a months supply depending on what strength and dosing your vet would prescribe so you may be spending just as much as you would if you were to go in for allergy shots every month.
 

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Toby gets Atopica 100 mg every day. Also he gets allergy shots weekly, special shampoo, special conditioner, prescription eye cream (for his itchy eyes), 4 Zyrtec/day. He came to the rescue, BROOD, in pretty bad shape. I fostered him, then adopted him. He was looking pretty good a year ago when he was adopted but he looks MUCH better now.

Yes Atopica does suppress the immune system. He had a bad time with his paws last summer and after many visits to the vet and then to the dermatologist we think the Atopica may have been the cause.

If Toby was not on shots and meds he would be a horrible mess. He still has a red belly and red armpits & is still itchy but better than without the meds and shots.

Some over the counter options are: baby powder, epson salts, witch hazel, and I can't remember all of them. I just looked up allergies on the internet and learned alot.

JOANNE
 
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