05-05-2017, 02:46 AM
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My dog Jaya has a summertime allergy. It took me a few seasons to figure out that it wasn't her food, or parasites. What you describe your dog doing with the licking and scratching is how it starts with Jaya every spring after the snow is gone.
I tried various treatments, including Benedryl, tea tree oil, coconut oil, special shampoos, etc. I even fed her colostrum for 1/2 a year to see if that would help her body deal with the allergens. I had read that it can work with about 20 percent of the time...it was a low percentage, but to me, worth giving it a try and it wouldn't hurt her none.
The other issue I had with Jaya is that she's mostly a feral dog, she's terrified of humans, and handling her really stresses her out, so giving her treatments of salve for her wounds from the scratching and stuff that might keep the itching down...it just stressed her out even more.
It finally came down to my vet giving her a steroid shot.
The first one only gave her relief for a week, and my vet suggested one more and she adjusted the dosage and that time Jaya was able to make it through about 1/2 the summer without being miserable with the itching.
Prior to the shots, Jaya had actually dug holes into her rib cage and the sides of her muzzle with the scratching and licked the spaces between her toes raw.
I don't really like the steroid shots, but feel they are a necessary evil. About a day after the shot, Jaya stops scratching and stops looking like she's just in utter misery from the itching she had been dealing with.
I am hoping to be able to afford another treatment for her soon. With my vet, the total cost will be about $350.00
From what she told me about it, what she will do is take a blood sample from Jaya, send it in for analysis. Then the company can make a serum from Jaya's own blood that is given to the dog by mouth drops about 3 times a day. The serum is suppose to build the dogs ability up to fight the allergic reaction to what ever pollen(s) that is triggering things.