Dr. Marc, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine blogs for dog insurance provider, Pets Best.
Hi. My name is Dr. Marc, and I’m filming for Pets Best Insurance, answering some Facebook questions for you guys at Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Boise, Idaho. This question comes from Lucy. She says her “friend’s beautiful blue pit bull has had a horrible rash on and off for months. It’s blistery and the pet feels miserable. They’ve tried medications, steroid, changing food, detergents, et cetera, et cetera with no luck. They can’t afford the very expensive allergy testing to pinpoint exactly what the problem might be. The vet seems to think it’s an allergy. What else can they do? Any ideas on how they can pinpoint or control it?”
I would tell you, Lucy, that dog allergies can be very frustrating to veterinarians, and dogs and owners alike. There’s really not one particular silver bullet that’s going to cure every single problem. In fact, allergy problems are oftentimes multi-factoral; meaning that some allergic dogs also get secondary infections, and if you’re not treating all of these problems at the same time, you’re really not going to make ground in getting these pets comfortable. Really, you should talk to your vet and make sure that we are treating infections and the allergy and things like that alone.
Sometimes, it’s useful to actually get a second opinion or actually see a specialist if you’ve really been through everything your veterinarian recommends. You know, these people have a lot more experience in potentially diagnosing these tricky cases, and this can often be done without the allergy-based specific testing.
If you have any other questions, post them in the comments below or on that Facebook page and we’ll see if we can answer them for you.
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