Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15

Thread: Allergy Clinics

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    208

    Default Allergy Clinics

    Has anyone had experience with Allergy clinics? What do they do and how do they test for allergies? Is it painful?
    I am thinking of taking Mimi to an Allergy clinic because I don't know what it is that causes her to have a rash on her chest from time to time. I am sure it is something she eats (possibly too much of) or her body has contact with. She eats well and is fine when we take her to the park - she plays, chases the ball, swims in the lake, etc.. but when we get home, she goes under the bed and whenever I come to see her, she starts shaking - almost as though she is scared of me. This, she does with others too. We cannot come close to her as she retrieves in some place where we cannot access her. Mimi is the type that suffers in silence. The only way I know something is up is when she hides. This has been going on for a couple of days now and I worry about her.
    Last night, she attempted to play ball with me as per her usual old self (I was ecstatic) I threw the ball in the hallway for her to fetch which she did a couple of times and the third time, when she got to it, she stopped as if something happened (pain?) turned around and ran upstairs under the bed.
    Has anyone experienced this?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    2,561

    Default

    Perhaps she has joint pain somewhere?? Spinal perhaps??

    The skin clinic will do allergy testing usually by shaving an area of skin and placing minute and controlled amounts of common allergens (made up in a serum) on the skin. This way they can see what the dog reacts to and treat accordingly.

    They can not test food allergies this way thought to my knowledge. If they can, it is very limited.
    Last edited by Anne; 10-07-2009 at 12:32 PM.
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    208

    Default

    Thanks Anne for your reply. Mimi has no sign of joint or spinal pain. I took her to the park this afternoon and she was running and jumping to catch the ball without any sign of pain or discomfort. We were there for half an hour and she seemed normal.
    To me, it looks like she is scared. What of?? The moment we get into the house, she runs upstairs under the bed. She comes when she is called to eat and then with a stoop, runs up the stairs back under the bed.
    Is she depressed? Her face is not the bright, happy face I know. Something happened to her and I don't know how to find out what? I don't know if anyone has scared her. I will still take her to the Vet tomorrow and at least make sure there is nothing wrong with her physically.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    984

    Default

    Ohhh, poor Mimi... Sorry to hear she isn't herself I am afraid I am of no help concerning the allergy clinic. But you sad you think she might be afraid... Is there anything new in your house? Furniture, smell??? I don't know just a guess...

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    208

    Default

    Thanks Hippo. Mimi's rash is gone but her fear remains. She "hides" under the bed and turns away when we approach her and shakes like a leaf.
    There have been changes to her routine. Do you think this is the cause of her behaviour? Now that I work, I am no longer at home all day. I can't take her to the park twice a day, an hour each time. Sometimes she misses out and sometimes I manage one outing. I never left her for more than 3 hours alone before but now she is at home with Pepsi for over 6 hours some days.
    It is my day off today and I will be with her all day. My daughter took her for a jog this morning. Mimi was excited to go but she doesn't "talk" anymore. I bought her a fur toy yesterday and gave it to her when I came home, she took it and ran with it under the bed. I later found her lying with her head resting on it. Usually she would disembowl it and remove the squeak within minutes.
    I'll make an appointment with the Vet this morning and take her in for a check-up to rule out anything physical. I am so worried.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    208

    Default

    Just got back from the Vet. Mimi is healthy physically except for a scratch on her dew claw which the vet said is infected. Mimi reacted to him touching it and he said that he was going to lightly sedate her to remove the nail and clean the area. He is also giving her and antibiotic shot. He thinks that her behaviour is a combination of her routine being changed and her dew claw being infected. Ouf! I am relieved. I am going to pick her up shortly. She will have a bandaged foot for a couple of days. Poor Mims. I can't wait to hear her "talk" to us again!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    2,561

    Default

    Good to hear you have a diagnoses. I hope she now returns to her normal fun loving self.
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    208

    Default

    Thanks Anne. Just picked up Mimi. She has a bandage on her paw which she lifts from time to time when she walks. She cried when she saw me (I hope from joy)! She licked me to death but upon arrival at home, she went straight under my bed. We'll see what the next couple of days will be like. For now, I am relieved she is well.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    984

    Default

    Glad Mimi is back home!! And it is great that you have a diagnosis. I guess give her some time to get used to the bandage, to not be in pain when she is alone at home etc. I am sure she will start talking to you again soon Give her big cuddle

  10. #10

    Default

    Awww, sorry to hear miss Mimi has not been herself, but glad you are getting to the bottom of it. Poor girl was probably knocking her saw claw but not realizing what/why it was sore, plus the changes around the house. Im sure she will be back to her usual self in no time. Big hugs from us

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •