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    Dog's allergies confirmed
    Sunshi500 posted:
    Our dog has been suffering from allergies for months - constantly scratching to the point of blood and dive bombing his face into things! We decided to get an allergy test done, and it confirmed that he is allergic to ragweed, dust mites, and storage mites. The vet has recommended we give him the year around allergy shots, because these are both indoor and outdoor allergies - and it is safer than the steroids he was placed on until we got the results. My question is - is it common for dogs to be put on allergy shots for these types of allergies? I feel like there is something more we could do, but want to do what's best for our dog. Has anyone had success with these shots? We will definitely talk more with our vet at our appointment, but we just wanted to get some second opinions.
    MrsHoro responded:
    I don't know about in dogs but I have most of the same allergies and my human allergist said that the shots were the best for me. I didn't take them due it loss of insurance at that time and haven't been back to an allergist.

    For dust mites if it is possible to remove rugs and carpets, cover beds that he has access to with a dust mite cover and his bed too, and buy a vacuum with allergy filter. Also if you are going to be string up dust (dusting, vacuuming, cleaning air filters...) put him out side for the whole time and about two hours after. Wash his bed every week in hot water.

    Just my thoughts. I hope he feels better soon.
    Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
    Allergies are your dog's immune system's way of saying that certain items are causing the itching, biting and scratching. Allergy injections attempt to turn down the overly exuberant response of the body. It is not 100% effective but it is considered to be the gold standard of care. It will not cause an improvement overnight. It may take up to a year to see a decrease in the reactions of your pet. In the meantime, there are medications such as antihistamines, fish oil supplements and other non-steroid ways of attempting to control the signs. Allergies are not cured. They are hopefully controlled. Speaking to your veterinarian and voicing your questions and concerns is an excellent idea. You are doing the best for your pet. Good luck....Dr. Bernadine Cruz

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