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Uhhh! I love and I hate this time of year!!! Does anyone know why dogs never seemed to have allergies until about the last ten years?? Was I just lucky or have we really messed up our food chain and environment that bad?

Seriously: hows everyone else faring with the seasonal allergies after this warm winter and early spring? My vet says hes (and the vets at Michigan State) are seeing more this year than ever before. Mojo is getting three medicated baths a week, feet rinsed after each trip outside, antihistamines, and Gentimycin/topical steroid spray as needed. Im doing everything I can to avoid the oral steroid route because his gut just cant take it and Im not 100% sure that hed handle the injection any better. Im keeping him comfortable and right now, its under control .. but man! Am I romanticizing youth thinking that dogs used to be tougher?
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Uhhh! I love and I hate this time of year!!! Does anyone know why dogs never seemed to have allergies until about the last ten years?? Was I just lucky or have we really messed up our food chain and environment that bad?

Seriously: hows everyone else faring with the seasonal allergies after this warm winter and early spring? My vet says hes (and the vets at Michigan State) are seeing more this year than ever before. Mojo is getting three medicated baths a week, feet rinsed after each trip outside, antihistamines, and Gentimycin/topical steroid spray as needed. Im doing everything I can to avoid the oral steroid route because his gut just cant take it and Im not 100% sure that hed handle the injection any better. Im keeping him comfortable and right now, its under control .. but man! Am I romanticizing youth thinking that dogs used to be tougher?
I think it's a combination of several things. Some overbred lines of dogs, environmental toxins (especially in the food chain) and over vaccination.

We don't have any control over the first once we own the dog, but for those looking for a puppy, I'd ask the breeder about allergy or auto-immune problems in the bloodline. But we do have some control over the latter two. I feed organic food and keep vaccination to a minimum.


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Some dogs breeds are more prone to allergies then others. Vets are seeing more skin cancers at an early age these days. My Vet Dermatolgist told me part of that problem here in the south is shaving down in particular pink skin dogs (usually white) and leaving them outside or taking them on long walks in the the sun after, dogs need sun protection too.

Doctors are seeing more allergies in humans also.

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