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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-18-2016, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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We drive 2 hours each way for NAET treatments (sometimes up to 7 hours total driving with the horrible Seattle traffic!) for Sophie's itchies. Here is Sophie this morning, so anxious to get in to see Dr Donna she was trying to crawl under the gate.

I hope this helps her I was so looking forward to having a dog that didn't scratch all the time this time around but just my luck. I HATE ALLERGIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SO.....SO.....SO....

MUCH!!!!!!!
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Poor Miss Sophie. She has the best mamma; driving her all over the state for treatment.
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Another one of your super photos. Hope Sophie's allergies get under control real soon.
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I had hoped to have at least a couple of years with no health issues dang it. I know allergies aren't the worst thing in the world but they are miserable. I have had the worst luck with the health of my dogs which is why I've gone to havanese hoping for better luck. (I had a wonderful Dane and 2 wonderful longhaired doxies but all had so many awful genetic health issues)

When my Hallie went blind overnight to SARDS I flew her to Iowa State University to a vet who did research on SARDS and can restore eyesight in some cases. Unfortunately he was out of town so by the time he could see us it was too late to help Hallie. But before she went blind I used to always say I would never fly my dog anywhere unless they were sick and there was only one vet in the world who could help them. I never dreamed it would actually happen!
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I had hoped to have at least a couple of years with no health issues dang it. I know allergies aren't the worst thing in the world but they are miserable. I have had the worst luck with the health of my dogs which is why I've gone to havanese hoping for better luck. (I had a wonderful Dane and 2 wonderful longhaired doxies but all had so many awful genetic health issues)

When my Hallie went blind overnight to SARDS I flew her to Iowa State University to a vet who did research on SARDS and can restore eyesight in some cases. Unfortunately he was out of town so by the time he could see us it was too late to help Hallie. But before she went blind I used to always say I would never fly my dog anywhere unless they were sick and there was only one vet in the world who could help them. I never dreamed it would actually happen!

I read Hallie's story on her website. Having just lost my 10 year old Dobe in December I could relate to the joy and the heartbreak that is part of loving a dog. I did smile when I read that Hallie earned a BH as my Dobe earned his Sch1.

Sophie will get the best of care with you. A woman who trained a Doxie to paint and continued it when her wonderful little dog went blind will find a way to get allergies under control.
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I'm sorry that you are having to deal with Sophie's itchies, but allergies aren't the worst thing in the world. If you can get to the root of what her triggers are, you may find that they are very manageable. I've told you that Kodi has allergies. But between keeping him on Zyrtec, a limited ingredient diet, and avoiding his triggers, he does well. ... Until I miss one of his triggers in some food item I wasn't expecting.

For instance: Recently, I learned about pill pockets when Panda had a UTI. I thought, "Great! An easy way for other people to give Kodi his Zyrtec, even if I'm not around!" I was even careful to choose the chicken flavored ones, avoiding the salmon and beef flavors. Poor Kodi got itchier and itchier, in spite of the Zyrtec. It took me several weeks before I thought to read the ingredients on the pill pockets. The second ingredient was dairy! He's allergic to dairy! Poor boy. I was feeding him something that makes him itch along with his antihistamine!
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I'm so sorry about your dobie Pauline! How great he got his Sch1! You should be very proud of that. I'll bet he was fun to watch work.

You are so right Karen. There are a lot of worse things! I would pick allergies over several that I've been thru with my kids too. But they are so frustrating. The sound of that leg going scratch scratch scratch scratch scratch drives me up a wall. I just feel so bad for her. It really gets in the way of our training too. I have to often stop mid exercise and wait for her to scratch. Hallie went through a lot because of dang allergies, she had allergy testing which she had a bad reaction to, then immunotherapy shots every 3 weeks almost all of her life. She would know we were going to the vet for the shot when we passed the mint plant she could smell it and would start shaking like a leaf until we got in and after the shot. Often would yelp too. I HATED it. So did she. And she was still itchy. It also played into her going blind. Plus it really curtailed what we got to do as I'd have to try to keep her in off grass, etc all spring through fall which totally sucked. And was very hard to see her still biting her feet and digging at herself. She was on different meds at one time or another which really didn't help much, had side effects and weren't good for her in the long run. Plus having to watch every morsel that went into her mouth. One of the few things I was relieved was she didn't have to deal with that anymore and neither did I but Miss Sophie decided to carry on the tradition!

And just my luck, her breeder said he has produced about 100 puppies in the past 30 years or so and she is the one and only of all those puppies that has been itchy due to anything! That's what living under the Murry roof will do to you.

My cousin had a similar experience with pill pockets and her papillon, made him extra itchy. So good you have pinpointed Kodi's triggers and came make him as comfortable as possible!
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Someone saw this photo of Sophie and thought this was her face! So we got the idea to put sunglasses on her bum and teach her to walk backwards. I'll have to get her a little butt-hat too.
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Someone saw this photo of Sophie and thought this was her face! So we got the idea to put sunglasses on her bum and teach her to walk backwards. I'll have to get her a little butt-hat too.
There is a very funny cartoon of a "mop dog" on the exam table in a vet's office, with a harness on. The caption is, (vet talking to client) "He's in remarkably good condition considering that you've been walking him backwards all this time!"


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Dee Dee, didn't I read in another thread sometime ago that you had Sophie tested to see what she is allergic to? Just wondering if you ever got results.



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