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Re: Allergy Shots

Posted by:  Marie Evans
Posted on:  August 01, 2001 at 11:02:52

In Reply to: Allergy Shots
Posted by:  Jodi
Posted on:  July 31, 2001 at 17:53:40

Question:

: Our almost 2-yo male JRT, Max just had his fourth allergy shot. After trying everything we could with our regular vet, we went to se a specialist. The doggie dermatologist said he knew right away that Max had environmental allergies, not food. So, we allergy test him (poor baby had 36 needles poked into him). THe good thing was that we finally found out what he was allergic to...EVERYTHING. In fact, the dermatologist said he had never seen a dog so young be so allergic. In addition, the vet said his allergies were genetic.

: Anyway, I contacted the breeder to see if either of his parents or any of his siblings had any signs of allergies and she said no. How is this possible? Are JRT's prone to allergies?

: Regarding the shots, the vet said we will have to be on allergy shots for ever. Is that true? Do you know of any situations where the allergies cleared up and shots were no longer necessary? Any information you have would be appreciated.

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Hi Jodi,

Sorry to hear that you and Max are not having the best of days lately.

As far as your question regarding allergies in JRs being a common thing; they are no more prone for this disorder than other breeds, in fact there are several other breeds out there that are noted for allergies, among them the Golden Retriever.

As far as Max's allergies being genetic I can't help you there but your vet would know a lot more on that subject than me.

If your vet says Max must be on shots for the rest of his life I certainly wouldn't dispute that claim. I have a terrier that is on anti-seizure meds for life that he gets twice a day. It's just something we fit into our everyday life and barely give it a second thought anymore.

You might want to ask questions at the Veterinary Information Network. They have message boards there staffed with real vets.

Here's a link:Veterinary Information Network Message Boards

Hope this helps you,

Marie