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Post  Two Crazy Pugs on 9/24/2011, 11:15 pm

So we are doing blood work for allergy testing with Gidget. Her skin issues keep cropping up and there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to what triggers it. We pulled her off the Atopica since it suppresses the immune system and that is counter-productive when she has the history of MCTs. (the good news is we haven't had a occurrence of MCTs since taking her off the Atopica and adding Benadryl twice daily.)

Anyhow. Who has done the blood work for allergy testing and was it successful? I am really hoping to get some answers. I feel so bad for her when her skin gets all icky and itchy. The vet said she had a dog (a patient) once that tested positive for an allergy to human dander! Tim and I laughed and said that is probably going to be Gidget because she is always sitting on someone and has to be touching a human!
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Post  pugpillow on 9/25/2011, 8:02 pm

My Kimmy (1995-2010) had allergy tests and tested positive to several environmental allergens. We gave her allergy shots every 2 weeks for many years - they didn't work. What did work was taking her off grains.
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Post  Mel on 9/25/2011, 8:12 pm

I'd be interested in what they find. is it expensive? I'm convinced Zoe's had allergies for a long time. She's always scooting, but I thought it was anal glands. Now I think it might be allergies. I've taken her off of gluten, grain and on only LID food and snacks. Benadryl didn't do anything so she's on Zyrtec and still scoots and has itchy ears. it's so frustrating.



I hope you find out what it is soon. and I hope it's not human dander. poor Gidge!
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Post  GracieNEmma on 9/26/2011, 11:58 am

I'll be watching this thread. That is the next step for us with Gracie and her skin issues she's all of the sudden started having. I've heard mixed reviews on allergy testing. Some say it has worked, others said it was a waste of money. My vet said we're either gonna love her or hate her. Very Happy It is pretty expensive, my vet gave us a quote and Erik almost had a hairy canary!!

Poor little girl, let us know how she does!!
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Post  Renee on 9/26/2011, 12:38 pm

I have heard of a new way to allergy test, which uses saliva. I remember reading about it on Dr Karen Becker's site. Might be worth a visit and read what she wrote.

I too would like to do allergy testing on my Skeeter, but I am not feeling confident about the results so I have not done it yet.
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Post  pugpillow on 9/26/2011, 12:51 pm

I think this might be Dr. Dodds' test for food allergies?
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Post  Renee on 9/26/2011, 12:54 pm

pugpillow wrote:I think this might be Dr. Dodds' test for food allergies?

Yes, I believe that is it. Dr. Becker did an interview with her and discussed how the saliva test is supposed to be better than blood testing.

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Post  Two Crazy Pugs on 9/26/2011, 7:45 pm

GracieNEmma wrote:I'll be watching this thread. That is the next step for us with Gracie and her skin issues she's all of the sudden started having. I've heard mixed reviews on allergy testing. Some say it has worked, others said it was a waste of money. My vet said we're either gonna love her or hate her. Very Happy It is pretty expensive, my vet gave us a quote and Erik almost had a hairy canary!!

Poor little girl, let us know how she does!!

Our previous vet never wanted to do it because it doesn't always give answers. The new vet we are seeing pushed for it. Since we shouldn't use Atopica anymore and long term steroid use isn't a great option either I thought this might give us an answer or two. If it is food, then we can work on eliminating whatever that is and if it is environmental hopefully we can avoid whatever that might be. The vet said her dog tested positive for an allergy to wool and she felt so bad because his bed and blankets were wool!

We will see. She said it takes awhile to get the results back. The cost is insane, but for what we have paid in vet appointments and pills to help Gidg this might be really worth it.
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Post  smoochieface on 9/26/2011, 7:50 pm

Is it anything like how they do testing for human allergies? So if the allergic reaction is ongoing at the time of testing, you don't get very accurate results since the body is already in the throws of an allergic reaction?
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Post  Two Crazy Pugs on 9/26/2011, 9:57 pm

smoochieface wrote:Is it anything like how they do testing for human allergies? So if the allergic reaction is ongoing at the time of testing, you don't get very accurate results since the body is already in the throws of an allergic reaction?

Good question. I have no clue. I know they drew blood and are going to send it off for testing. I know very little about allergy testing for humans or canine.

When our vet tested her dog, he was having allergic reactions to the wool at the time. Not sure if that would skew it or not, but they found what was causing the dog itchies.
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