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    I don't know what I can do anymore.. My 4 year old Boston Terrier "Kramer" has been plagued with allergies for the past couple of years. He's been on/off steroids for a long time and I'm really worried about that. Now the VET wants to try ATOPICA. Does any one know about this medication?

    After the very $$ allergy test, they stated he is allergic to human dander (of all things), a couple of different molds, grasses, oak trees, you name it. The shots they prescribed that I administered for the past 4 mths did nothing!

    I've also tried a number of diets, eliminating grains and trying chicken and beef separately to see if either one would cause his break outs.

    His rashes are so bad he loses all his hair on his chest and some patches off his back. I'm very careful with his diet, cleanliness etc...but I'm getting very concerned now.

    He's been on a semi raw diet for the last year and it seemed to help along with "Dinovite," but it didn't last long. His allergies this season are worse than last.

    Plz can anyone offer some suggestions for me?

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    Damon

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    Have you tried a holistic vet? One of the Boston families from my breeder's yahoo group has a similar situation and has gotten more help from a holistic vet than her traditional vet.

    That has got to be frustrating! I hope someone here can help! There was a holistic person who posted here before my time, though I haven't seen her around.

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    For human dander, you could try putting a thin shirt on your pup. Some people have luck with it so its worth a shot. Defintaly call a holistic vet, and if that doesnt help, an allergy specialist. Sorry you both have to deal with this, good luck.
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    Thanks. I haven't tried a holistic vet but I'll look one up in my area today.

    Damon...

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    Hi Damon,

    Im sooo sorry to hear about Kramer's condition, that must be extremely hard to work with, but dont give up! Definitely try a Holistic vet. Also i have heard nothing but great things from Hills Prescription Diet for allergies!

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    Food allergy and intolerance are potentially serious problems that can result in sensitive or irritated skin, coat and ear conditions or even digestive problems. Dogs that have food allergy or intolerance, also called adverse reactions to food, typically are having an abnormal response to the protein in the food. Only Prescription Diet® z/d® ULTRA Allergen-Free Canine dog food is formulated with Hill's Hydrolyzed Protein System™, a process that breaks down intact animal proteins and significantly reduces the possibility of an adverse reaction to food. Reactions usually occur as a result of beef, dairy products and wheat. z/d® ULTRA Allergen-Free Canine contains no intact proteins to virtually eliminate the potential for an allergic reaction. The nutritional formulation of Prescription Diet® z/d® ULTRA Allergen-Free may also be useful for pets with a variety of conditions.



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    z/d® ULTRA Allergen-Free Canine

    For the Nutritional Management of Dogs with Food Allergy and Intolerance

    Food allergy and intolerance are potentially serious problems that can result in sensitive or irritated skin, coat and ear conditions or even digestive problems. Dogs that have food allergy or intolerance, also called adverse reactions to food, typically are having an abnormal response to the protein in the food. Only Prescription Diet® z/d® ULTRA Allergen Free Canine canned dog food is formulated with Hill's Hydrolyzed Protein System™ , a process that breaks down intact animal proteins and significantly reduces the possibility of an adverse reaction to food. Reactions usually occur as a result of beef, dairy products and wheat. z/d® ULTRA Allergen Free Canine canned contains none of these allergens. The nutritional formulation of Prescription Diet® z/d® ULTRA Allergen Free canned may also be useful for pets with a variety of conditions.

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    I'll definitely look into that food as well. Is that available at pet store chains or exclusively at the vet?

    Has anyone heard about ATOPICA? Supposed to be a steroid alternative but I don't want Kramer to be on chemicals if he doesn't have to.

    My sis just got both her dogs (2 malamutes) on complete raw diet/barf program. All the problems she had with them have been eliminated.

    I'll never give up on my boy, I just feel bad for him.

    Thanks for the advice.

    Damon...

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    Personally I wouldnt feed Hills long-term, its not a great food and contains fillers. Dogfoodanalisis rating.
    If Kramer didnt need something for long-term it might work for him. A lot of people who feed raw for allergies seem to have luck with it.

    This is quite the read, but I'll try to find another article when I get home. http://www.drugs.com/vet/atopica.html
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    11,000 to 16,000 pets are euthanized every day because they are homeless.
    An animal in a shelter is killed every 1.5 seconds.
    Only 1 animal in 10 born in the U.S. gets a good home that lasts a lifetime.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Damon Click here to enlarge
    I'll definitely look into that food as well. Is that available at pet store chains or exclusively at the vet?

    Has anyone heard about ATOPICA? Supposed to be a steroid alternative but I don't want Kramer to be on chemicals if he doesn't have to.

    My sis just got both her dogs (2 malamutes) on complete raw diet/barf program. All the problems she had with them have been eliminated.

    I'll never give up on my boy, I just feel bad for him.

    Thanks for the advice.

    Damon...
    Unfortunately i have only seen these at the vet office but look around your pet stores (petco, petsmart) maybe they might carry them?!

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ginnafer Click here to enlarge
    Personally I wouldnt feed Hills long-term, its not a great food and contains fillers. Dogfoodanalisis rating.
    If Kramer didnt need something for long-term it might work for him. A lot of people who feed raw for allergies seem to have luck with it.

    This is quite the read, but I'll try to find another article when I get home. http://www.drugs.com/vet/atopica.html

    I agree about the long term thing but if it works in the end thats all that matters, right!?



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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Damon Click here to enlarge
    I'll definitely look into that food as well. Is that available at pet store chains or exclusively at the vet?

    Has anyone heard about ATOPICA? Supposed to be a steroid alternative but I don't want Kramer to be on chemicals if he doesn't have to.

    My sis just got both her dogs (2 malamutes) on complete raw diet/barf program. All the problems she had with them have been eliminated.

    I'll never give up on my boy, I just feel bad for him.

    Thanks for the advice.

    Damon...
    Unfortunately i have only seen these at the vet office but look around your pet stores (petco, petsmart) maybe they might carry them?!

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ginnafer Click here to enlarge
    Personally I wouldnt feed Hills long-term, its not a great food and contains fillers. Dogfoodanalisis rating.
    If Kramer didnt need something for long-term it might work for him. A lot of people who feed raw for allergies seem to have luck with it.

    This is quite the read, but I'll try to find another article when I get home. http://www.drugs.com/vet/atopica.html

    I agree about the long term thing but if it works in the end thats all that matters, right!?



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    These statements are what get to me, I wouldnt feed it all. Its not for long-term feeding anyways, probably just for feeding while trying to determine the cause of the allergy.

    "Soybean oil provides a small amount of additional low quality protein. We note, however, that soy is one of the most common causes of food allergies in dogs and in this instance is preserved with a chemical (BHA) that is believed to be carcinogenic."

    "Powdered cellulose is filler - better known as sawdust. The food uses a further chemical preservative, ethoxyquin, which is banned from use in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic."

    Some 70,000 puppies and kittens are born daily in the US.
    4,000,000 to 6,000,000 pets are euthanized every year because they are homeless,
    11,000 to 16,000 pets are euthanized every day because they are homeless.
    An animal in a shelter is killed every 1.5 seconds.
    Only 1 animal in 10 born in the U.S. gets a good home that lasts a lifetime.

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