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Old 12-07-2017, 09:24 AM
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Euthanasia for Allergies

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I just had a conversation with a coworker who said that her 10 year old standard poodle has a consult with a dog dermatologist next week. She said that her dog has bad allergies in the fall, but this year has been very bad. She said that her dog gets allergy shots twice a month, and that her vet suggested possible euthanasia if they can't get the allergies under control. Has anyone heard of this?

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That's when it's time for another vet, and another approach to the allergies. The shots aren't going to fix anything. It's attempting to cover it instead. Until the source of the problem is addressed and treated, it won't ever get better. I'm betting the dog is kibble fed, over vaccinated, and over medicated all the way around. All of that is a set up for the immune system to overreact and go crazy from everything from food to environmental contaminants. In no way would I euthanize because of allergies. Chances are, those allergies are man made...
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I've never heard of euthanasia for allergies. That seems crazy to me. I would think that I would want to exhaust every single possible avenue of treatment for allergies before I even dreamt of euthanasia. 10 isn't even that old!
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That's ridiculous. I would absolutely be getting a new vet.
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Arrow dermatology appt

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has the dog been seen by a k9-dermatologist?
that would B my 1st resort, right after my GP vet said "allergies".

The problem with dogs & allergies is that EVERY route = skin issues; inhaled, contact, ingested, whatever, it's all skin, 'cuz that's where dogs have their mast cells, the makers of histamines.
It makes diagnosis H***, so a pro is definitely called for.

hopefully they have vet-insurance.
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I've heard of it, but only after every avenue of treatment had been discussed, and there's simply no way to keep the dog comfortable.

We've had members in the past who's dogs were severely allergic to numerous environmental allergens and / or food. Knowing their stories I would not want to have to deal with those kinds of allergies, it isn't easy and it a balancing act. I think that your friend needs to figure out just what her dog is allergic to, and then work to limit his exposure to them if possible. Medicine may be needed to help keep them under control. There are a few new medicines out that may help, along with some homeopathic things that would be worth trying.
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I would consider euthanasia if all other avenues have been pursued and if the dog is completely miserable. If none of the treatments are working and the client has done absolutely everything in their power to help. If the allergies are impacting the dog's quality of life, it's definitely something to think about.
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Thank you for all of the responses. She said that her dog is kibble fed, and that she can't eat any animal that eats grain, like chicken or beef. I suggested raw feeding and she was very resistant, and said that it's out of the question because chickens eat grain. She had a video call with a derm vet, but not an actual in-person consult. I will try to sway her to go to another vet, but I don't know if she will.
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Question Huh?...

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She said that her dog is fed kibble, and that she can't eat any animal that eats grain, like chicken or beef.
I suggested raw feeding, and she was very resistant - said that it's out of the question because chickens eat grain.

She had a video call with a derm vet, but not an actual in-person consult. I will try to sway her to [consult] another vet, but I don't know if she will.
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so... the dog eats a fish-based kibble??? - Or what?
Beaver kibble from wild-trapped beaver? Venison from wild deer? - Even wild deer BTW will eat grain; they happily consume planted crops, farmed veg, fruits, nuts, etc.

I've never in my life heard that the diet of an HERBIVORE would create problems for the OMNIVORE who ate them! -
sorry, but that seems beyond bizarre. // What problematic symptoms does "eating a grain-fed animal" cause in her dog?

This seems very, very odd to me.
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If she hasn't even seen an actual dermatologist and there's skin allergy symptoms then she absolutely has NOT tried every possible avenue of treatment and euthanasia may be financially easier but she will forever know that a dermatologist could have done many things she didn't try.
Chicken is one of the worst allergy ondicing foods due to the bad diets they're fed and the effect it has on the meat. Raw, grilled, boiled, fried, or baked it can and does induce allergies and awful diarrhea in my dog with food allergies and I don't.
My cat who's allergic to everything does great on allergy shots and steroids. Definitely try more before euthanizing poor animal.
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