Last edited by Cleasanta; 06-09-2010 at 12:37 PM.
You can try building his immune system naturally. Do some googling on a lady by the name of Pat Coleby. She has fantastic results with treating all sorts of things by balancing vitamin, mineral and bsic dietary deficiencies.
Just reading one of her books... it says that vitamin B5 and vitamin C are required by the adrenal gland to maintain the natural output of cortisone. SO maybe supplemnting with these vitamins could increase his natural cortisone and help? It could be a start.
Also - studies have shown that the giving of artificial cortisone to humans inhibits natural cortisone production for up to two years. So you could be getting into a vicious cycle.
You can get vitamins B5 and C from any health food store. I find Sodium Ascorbate the easiest form of vitamin C to use.
Last edited by Nattylou; 11-06-2009 at 11:07 PM.
So sorry to hear of your staffy pups unpleasent allergies. Poor love.
Hey Cleasanta - sorry to hear about your poor staffy's problems! We have similar issues with our ridgy girl - food (protein) allergies and a newly diagnosed rhinitis!! She has a lovely runny nose and snores while she sleeps..Yeehah! Im also in the process of researching how to build/help her immune system naturally - that is with vitamins, herbs or some natural supplement. One thing I have done is to not carry on with yearly vaccinations; she had a titre test done this year and her levels are fine, so will test again at a later date.
Im lucky in that my vet is very natural therapies oriented. She does Bowen therapy, has studied Chinese Herbal medicine and loves raw/barf/non commercial dog foods. She is happy to work out something helpful for my poor girl be it vitamins or chinese herbs.
I hope that one day I can stumble across some mix of supplements or natural therapy that will really help my girl. I agree its hard not to feel for the poor things with their itchies and other symptoms! My girl also doesnt seem to handle medications very well either. After a course of something (can be anything from antibiotics to anti immflamatories) she will go on a grass eating frenzy, sometimes she will vomit other times she will just eat it and then sleep.....Poor bugger!
Can the "juice" from an aloe-vera plant be used on the welts, I know that isnt a preventative, but sure would be preferable to cortisone treatments.
Have you tried Paw - Paw Ointment.
One of my dogs has had allergies ever since she was a puppy, she is now 13 years old, I know how heartbreaking it can be. I have spent many years with my dog on medication, but this year I haven't given her anything and in the Perth Hills this spring has been really bad.
All I know is I found out that my dog (Scully) is allergic to couch grasses, how I found this out was I lived is a few houses with this grass and she would be covered in rashes, then we renovated a few years back and replace the couch grass with Sir Walter (soft leaf buffalo grass) it stopped. Now we live on half acre which has an area of nature bush and gardens and there are lots of creepers, grass trees and native plants but no couch grass and we have had a good year.
I also, only feed the dogs with Eagle Pack Holistic dry food for senior dogs with sensitive skins and good quality meat/vegs(I prepare myself) and this has worked.
I am not saying this will work for you, I have found once the allergies have taken hold you need to contol them first to have any success in introducing and removing certain foods and environmental changes.
Another point, aloe-vera gel is good or when I was dealing with allergies Pinetarsol gel or wash from the chemist can help - I would bath Scully in this a couple time a day when the rashes/scratching was at it peak.
Also I have a friend who had a JR with severe allergies from Kikuyu grass and her property was covered with it, she has built a new house further up the hill and away from this area and her JR is alot better and not needing the medication he was on. (I am not saying you should build a new house, but some changes can help)
Sorry about this post being so long, but I know what it is like dealing with allergies in pets. So I hope this helps.
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