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Christina

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Experience with Atopica?
« on: June 02, 2013, 09:01:16 AM »
 I'm considering putting Lucky on Atopica,  his allergies have blown up again and I'm having a hard time getting him any kind of relief.  My vet brought it up last year,  he said we could decrease the cost by combining it with ketoconazole.

 I'm so frustrated with his allergies,  he's shredded his elbows and his chin is raw again.
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Re: Experience with Atopica?
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2013, 09:31:05 AM »
I know how frustrated you must be! :wall: But I would be leary of using Atopica. There are a lot of side affects, including increased risk of cancer.

http://www.2ndchance.info/atopica.htm


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Re: Re: Experience with Atopica?
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2013, 08:30:56 PM »
Beasley's  allergies are terrible this year and h was losing patches of hair abd was scratchjng himself raw.  I took him to our holistic vet and the vet put him on some chinese herbs abd gave me a shampoo abd lotion to use on him once a week.  The shampoo is called epi-soothe and the lotion is resi-cort.  The lotion, shampoo and herbs are all available online.

 http://www.naturalsolutionsvet.com/product.html?pid=6
 http://www.naturalsolutionsvet.com/product.html?pid=12
 http://www.amazon.com/Epi-Soothe-Cream-Rinse-Conditioner-ItchRelief/dp/B0002AL6AQ

Between the shampoo, lotion and the herbs, I noticed that Beasley's hair started growing back in a week, his feet dont look at red either. 

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Re: Experience with Atopica?
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2013, 01:15:39 PM »
I know how frustrated you must be! :wall: But I would be leary of using Atopica. There are a lot of side affects, including increased risk of cancer.

http://www.2ndchance.info/atopica.htm

 This is definitely one of my concerns, a vet I work with assured me the risk is small and the dog was going to get cancer at some point because of the way the medicine works,  it just brings it out,  but that still scares me.

 I'll check into the herbs and talk to the vet about the shampoo and lotion.  We've tried some in the past with little to no success.
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Re: Experience with Atopica?
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2013, 02:29:44 PM »
This is definitely one of my concerns, a vet I work with assured me the risk is small and the dog was going to get cancer at some point because of the way the medicine works,  it just brings it out,  but that still scares me.

That would scare me too! This drug affects the immune system, and the body's ability to fight off all sorts of things, including pre-cancer cells! If you ask me, that's too much of a risk!


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Re: Experience with Atopica?
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2013, 06:55:42 PM »
 The vet actually said Lucky looked pretty good compared to what he had seen him like.  He was wondering if some of his problem isn't more habitual now.  He's only scratching the right elbow and armpit area,  and only uses the right rear foot.  He'll just stand there kicking his foot constantly,  he did it the entire time he was at the vet,  except for when he was sitting in the techs lap  ::)   He does have a little bit of bacteria,  so he's on an antibiotic for two weeks,  but we're also doing a little experiment,  he got a good dose of dex,  which should knock out any itchiness in the next day or two.  If he continues scratching,  we'll know it's become habitual and we'll see where to go from there.  I'm still going to look into the herbs and lotion, I want to make him feel better.  Allergies are so frustrating!  :wall:
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Re: Experience with Atopica?
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2013, 07:41:38 PM »
Good luck.
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Re: Experience with Atopica?
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2013, 07:57:39 PM »
I had a dog with bad allergies. Where not even steroids were helping any more. Turned out he had a low vitamen B level. Add some extra to his diet and the allergies calmed down a lot.

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Re: Experience with Atopica?
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2013, 08:08:58 PM »
How's he doing?
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Re: Experience with Atopica?
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2013, 04:30:43 AM »
I haven't been able to watch him, I broke my fibula just above the ankle Tuesday night,  so yesterday was spent with doctors and in bed.

For the brief time I saw him Tuesday afternoon,  he wasn't scratching as much,  I took him and Star on a long walk and wore them out.
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Re: Experience with Atopica?
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2013, 09:52:47 AM »
Christina I hope you both feel better
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Re: Experience with Atopica?
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2013, 10:00:57 PM »
I am sorry to hear that you broke you leg. I sure hope both you and Lucky are feeling better.

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Re: Experience with Atopica?
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2013, 10:54:41 PM »
 Lucky did better for a day or two and then he started scratching again  :wall:  it's so frustrating!!!!  I just got some coconut oil,  I'm going to start adding it to his food and putting it on his armpit/ elbow that he's tearing up.  I'm looking into other things too,  he's driving me crazy!
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Re: Experience with Atopica?
« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2013, 09:33:14 PM »
Good luck. I hope that something helps
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Re: Experience with Atopica?
« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2013, 10:18:39 PM »
I use a product called Clora Care from Natures Farmacy West. I spray it on when they are itching and it seem to help. It does not last for ever, but it seems to help.

http://www.naturesfarmacywest.com/Natures-Farmacy-Clora-Care-145.htm