YorkieTalk.com Forums - Yorkshire Terrier Community

YorkieTalk.com Forums - Yorkshire Terrier Community (https://www.yorkietalk.com/forums/index.php)
-   Yorkie Health & Diet (https://www.yorkietalk.com/forums/yorkie-health-diet/)
-   -   Need help with allergies (https://www.yorkietalk.com/forums/yorkie-health-diet/265997-need-help-allergies.html)

LAD 07-19-2013 09:55 AM

Need help with allergies
 
This week my 7yo Yorkie was diagnosed by a Vet/dermatologist as having ATOPY. I am trying to decide what to do per the three options by the vet:
1.Allergy testing ($730) = 60 or 90 pricks in the skin after being shaved. STAR is FOUR lbs. The vet said there can be problems with "small" yorkies in this testing.
2. Blood Testing ($300) = does not test for "everything".
3. Oral medicine (ATOPICA) forthe rest of her life (or until the environmental allergies clear).
So far, I have had her on antibiotics for 22 days to clear up the bacterial/yeast (in paws) and ear infection.
I have not started ATOPICA yet......
I started her twice a week baths (vet shampoo) today.:aimeeyork

Wylie's Mom 07-20-2013 05:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LAD (Post 4274717)
This week my 7yo Yorkie was diagnosed by a Vet/dermatologist as having ATOPY. I am trying to decide what to do per the three options by the vet:
1.Allergy testing ($730) = 60 or 90 pricks in the skin after being shaved. STAR is FOUR lbs. The vet said there can be problems with "small" yorkies in this testing.
2. Blood Testing ($300) = does not test for "everything".
3. Oral medicine (ATOPICA) forthe rest of her life (or until the environmental allergies clear).
So far, I have had her on antibiotics for 22 days to clear up the bacterial/yeast (in paws) and ear infection.
I have not started ATOPICA yet......
I started her twice a week baths (vet shampoo) today.:aimeeyork

Do you want me to remove your post and start your own thread for you, so you get more answers? Let me know and I can do that for you :).

I've been where you're at! It's a tough place to be. Just so you know, my Marcel was about 4lbs when he had his testing and he did great.

What you do is really up to you...what feels best to you, any of the above? Allergy shots don't *always* work, there is no guarantee, so keep that in mind. Also, if they're allergic to something like dust or mites, the shots aren't great. We did allergy testing for Marcel, but still have him on Atopica.

Atopica works beautifully for many dogs. If your kiddo's allergies are year round, then yes, you'd prob have her on it the rest of her life. If they're not all year round, you could then consider giving them some of the year, and not the other and/or give Temaril-P or steroids during the rough times.

LAD 07-24-2013 04:23 AM

Allergy Thread
 
Yes, please!
I started STAR this week on ATOPICA, shampoo from vet for twice weekly baths and continuing ear medication to clear up ear infection from allergies. She also has the collasping trachea,which was X-ray last year to confirm!:aimeeyork

Wylie's Mom 07-24-2013 08:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LAD (Post 4278840)
Yes, please!
I started STAR this week on ATOPICA, shampoo from vet for twice weekly baths and continuing ear medication to clear up ear infection from allergies. She also has the collasping trachea,which was X-ray last year to confirm!:aimeeyork

Okay...moved the posts from the other thread to start your own thread :).

SO glad to hear you started Atopica!!! For Marcel, it was a little miracle. He used to wake up at 1am to chew/lick his paws...after about 2 weeks on Atopica, never again! It really works beautifully for some dogs.

Jan1212 07-26-2013 07:40 PM

My 5 pound Yorkie was on Atopica for a long time. I was afraid of damage to him from drugs. I went holistic. Trying everything under the sun.

Tyrone 08-09-2013 05:13 PM

Atopic dermatitis
 
This is going to be long, but I want to give all the pertinent info....I have searched this site and others for months trying to get help for my 9 pound year old yorkie Tyrone. He started itching at about 6 months, mid winter, and had greasy, smelly hair, and skin falling off in yellowish sheets, as well as thinning hair. This has all been on his back...from his neck to his haunches, and around his eyes...nowhere else really. Vet put him through two rounds of Temeril and antibiotics, and put him on Royal Canin Anallergenic food for 10 weeks. The meds were a miracle...almost instant relief and healing, but sure enough within a week or so of being off the the Temeril, it would begin all over again. Back to the vet, diagnosed with atopy, and on Atopica now for 12 days so far. Within a day or so, the scratching lessened dramatically and his back started to scab over and heal. A little loose stool, but was told to expect that possible side effect. He seemed to be handling the medication fairly well. Now today, he has been lethargic all day, off his feed, and not drinking water at all, and just a few hours ago he went bananas scratching, rolling, rubbing on anything he can and running in circles maniacally! Called vet (he's considered the best around here, young, up to date, and highly recommended by everyone...) and he said bathe him, benedryl, and be patient...the Atopica can take some time to work. I guess what I'm wondering is has anyone else had this experience with the Atopica...everyone online talks about how wonderful it is, but I don't know what to expect in this process. Does it have ups and downs for awhile? How long before I can expect positive results? Any suggestions orrelated experience with this med? Thanks in advance...just desperate!

Wylie's Mom 08-10-2013 10:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tyrone (Post 4292716)
This is going to be long, but I want to give all the pertinent info....I have searched this site and others for months trying to get help for my 9 pound year old yorkie Tyrone. He started itching at about 6 months, mid winter, and had greasy, smelly hair, and skin falling off in yellowish sheets, as well as thinning hair. This has all been on his back...from his neck to his haunches, and around his eyes...nowhere else really. Vet put him through two rounds of Temeril and antibiotics, and put him on Royal Canin Anallergenic food for 10 weeks. The meds were a miracle...almost instant relief and healing, but sure enough within a week or so of being off the the Temeril, it would begin all over again. Back to the vet, diagnosed with atopy, and on Atopica now for 12 days so far. Within a day or so, the scratching lessened dramatically and his back started to scab over and heal. A little loose stool, but was told to expect that possible side effect. He seemed to be handling the medication fairly well. Now today, he has been lethargic all day, off his feed, and not drinking water at all, and just a few hours ago he went bananas scratching, rolling, rubbing on anything he can and running in circles maniacally! Called vet (he's considered the best around here, young, up to date, and highly recommended by everyone...) and he said bathe him, benedryl, and be patient...the Atopica can take some time to work. I guess what I'm wondering is has anyone else had this experience with the Atopica...everyone online talks about how wonderful it is, but I don't know what to expect in this process. Does it have ups and downs for awhile? How long before I can expect positive results? Any suggestions orrelated experience with this med? Thanks in advance...just desperate!

Hang in there and don't give up. Atopica can take up to 6 weeks to ramp up properly. Some dogs show some relief quickly, some take longer...it may go in spurts too. Don't get discouraged though, bc I think it's hopeful that you've witnessed a little relief already :).

With the severity of your kiddo, I wonder if one day you should do allergy tests, have you considered it yet? The great thing about Atopica is that they can stay on that med and still do allergy tests at any time (whereas they have to off all steroids to do testing).

I really feel your pain bc dog allergies are so frustrating and hard to watch, when you just want to make them feel better. I know you'll get Tyrone there eventually, so hang in there. And please keep us updated on his progress. :)

Tyrone 08-10-2013 10:58 AM

Atopica
 
Thank you so much! That's the best info I've had....knowing that there are ups and downs. Today he's his perky playful self, so good to see. It shocks me how within a few minutes he can go from just greasy icky skin to red and inflamed and angry looking....just heartbreaking. I hate to keep bothering the vet with stupid questions like an overprotective mommy lol...he says allergy testing is the next step, but no guarantees we'll find the problem and, living on a fixed income it's a big step for me. I want this to work...it's about his quality of life. Once again, thanks!

caw 08-11-2013 07:07 PM

Atopica worked for my little girl. I thank the heavens for Atopica everyday!

tricia208 08-12-2013 07:33 AM

Agree with all the above
 
I agree with the good advice and comments above. I can only add that finding the cause and anything that may aggravate the allergies are most important and where I would spend my money. The vet tests are not always conclusive so try changing food to a grain free and even a different brand. Try changing the environment like the cleaning products you use to clean. I knew a breeder that dressed her allergy prone Yorkie every day. She changed laundry powder and the allergies improved tremendously. I am a big supporter of supplements and holistic treatments but only in conjunction with my vet's advice and knowledge. Good luck. Allergies can really be a tough problem to solve.

caw 08-18-2013 06:05 PM

By the way...Atopica will not work as well if there is an underlying food or flea allergy. My dog has food allergies as well as environmental. It is well worth it to eliminate those factors first. I wasn't all that impressed with atopica when I first tried it....not for what I was paying because she was having to take it every day. If I tried to reduce down to. every other day, she'd start itching. When I got rid of the food allergies and then put her back on atopica, I was able to reduce her dosage to every third day....MUCH cheaper. She doesn't itch at all.

107barney 08-18-2013 07:49 PM

My dog has been on Atopica for the past 7 years. It's a miracle for her. Good luck! Atopy is tough, just when things clear up, they flare!


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:41 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©2003 - 2018 YorkieTalk.com
Privacy Policy - Terms of Use


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360 361 362 363 364 365 366 367 368 369 370 371 372 373 374 375 376 377 378 379 380 381 382 383 384 385 386 387 388 389 390 391 392 393 394 395 396 397 398 399 400 401 402 403 404 405 406 407 408 409 410 411 412 413 414 415 416 417 418 419 420 421 422 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 431 432 433 434 435 436 437 438 439 440 441 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 451 452 453 454 455 456 457 458 459 460 461 462 463 464 465 466 467 468 469 470 471 472 473 474 475 476 477 478 479 480 481 482 483 484 485 486 487 488 489 490 491 492 493 494 495 496 497 498 499 500 501 502 503 504 505 506 507 508 509 510 511 512 513 514 515 516 517 518 519 520 521 522 523 524 525 526 527 528 529 530 531 532 533 534 535 536 537 538 539 540 541 542 543 544 545 546 547 548 549 550 551 552 553 554 555 556 557 558 559 560 561 562 563 564 565 566 567 568 569 570 571 572 573 574 575 576 577 578 579 580 581 582 583 584 585 586 587 588 589 590 591 592 593 594 595 596 597 598 599 600 601 602 603 604 605 606 607 608 609 610 611 612 613 614 615 616 617 618 619 620 621 622 623 624 625 626 627 628 629 630 631 632 633 634 635 636 637 638 639 640 641 642 643 644 645 646 647 648 649 650 651 652 653 654 655 656 657 658 659 660 661 662 663 664 665 666 667 668 669 670 671 672 673 674 675 676 677 678 679 680 681 682 683 684 685 686 687 688 689 690 691 692 693 694 695 696 697 698 699 700 701 702 703 704 705 706 707 708 709 710 711 712 713 714 715 716 717 718 719 720 721 722 723 724 725 726 727 728 729 730 731 732 733 734 735 736 737 738 739 740 741 742 743 744 745 746 747 748 749 750 751 752 753 754 755 756 757 758 759 760 761 762 763 764 765 766 767 768 769 770 771 772 773 774 775 776 777 778 779 780 781 782 783 784 785 786 787 788 789 790 791 792 793 794 795 796 797 798 799 800 801 802 803 804 805 806 807 808 809 810 811 812 813 814 815 816 817 818 819 820 821 822 823 824 825 826 827 828 829 830 831 832 833 834 835 836 837 838 839 840 841 842 843 844 845 846 847 848 849 850 851 852 853 854 855 856 857 858 859 860 861 862 863 864 865 866 867 868 869 870 871 872 873 874 875 876 877 878 879 880 881 882 883 884 885 886 887 888 889 890 891 892 893 894 895 896 897 898 899 900 901 902 903 904 905 906 907 908 909 910 911 912 913 914 915 916 917 918 919 920 921 922 923 924 925 926 927 928 929 930 931 932 933 934 935 936 937 938 939 940 941 942 943 944 945 946 947 948 949 950 951 952 953 954 955 956 957 958 959 960 961 962 963 964 965 966 967 968 969 970 971 972 973 974 975 976 977 978 979 980 981 982 983 984 985 986 987 988 989 990 991 992 993 994 995 996 997 998 999 1000 1001 1002 1003 1004 1005 1006 1007 1008 1009 1010 1011 1012 1013 1014 1015 1016 1017 1018 1019 1020 1021 1022 1023 1024 1025 1026 1027 1028 1029 1030 1031 1032 1033 1034 1035 1036 1037 1038 1039 1040 1041 1042 1043 1044 1045 1046 1047 1048 1049 1050 1051 1052 1053 1054 1055 1056 1057 1058 1059 1060 1061 1062 1063 1064 1065 1066 1067 1068 1069 1070 1071 1072 1073 1074 1075 1076 1077 1078 1079 1080 1081 1082 1083 1084 1085 1086 1087 1088 1089 1090 1091 1092 1093 1094 1095 1096 1097 1098 1099 1100 1101 1102 1103 1104 1105 1106 1107 1108 1109 1110 1111 1112 1113 1114 1115 1116 1117 1118 1119 1120 1121 1122 1123 1124 1125 1126 1127 1128 1129 1130 1131 1132 1133 1134 1135 1136 1137 1138 1139 1140 1141 1142 1143 1144 1145 1146 1147 1148 1149 1150 1151 1152 1153 1154 1155 1156 1157 1158 1159 1160 1161 1162 1163 1164 1165 1166