My chi mix "Vienna" (the one on my avatar) has an atopic dermatitis.
I had her tested and she's allergic to many things in the air such as, Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, some palm trees, some grasses, weeds, feather, cotton, dust, mold, etc and because we live here in Hawaii we have these all year around. However, the spring and the summer are the worst seasons of course.
My holistic vet put her on some chinese herb medicines but they didn't work. So I finally put her on Immunotherapy which is also called "desensitize therapy".
What it is is to inject allergen little by little so the body gets used to it and get desensitized so when the allergy season comes the reaction should be minimized.
But after about 8 months of this therapy she got worse to the point where she started having incontinent and itchy, infected paws, etc. So I decided to stop it.
I took her to a different vet (not holistic) he put her on antibiotic and steroids. I'm weaning her on steroids now so she is terribly itchy and miserable again.
I feed my dogs raw food and I shampoo them very often and wash their feet after going outside.
This is what I feed my dogs. Everything is raw and for the veggie and fruits, I puree with magic bullets.
mainly turkey but sometimes lamb (we have our own lamb), lamb guts and green tripe (when we have)
vegetables (celery, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, beets, ripen tomatoes, etc)
fruits (apples, bananas, papayas, etc)
supplement (organic coconut oil, liver and kidney support supplement, omega astin (strong antioxidant with omega 3,6,9))
They get dried sardines for their treats.
She has been wearing an elizabeth collar for over a year now but even with that on she somehow manages to lick her back paws.
She also tries to lick her front paws but she can't reach them so she licks her collar thinking that she is licking her paws. Thing with this is her front paws get rubbed by each other and get pretty raw, sometimes bloody raw.
I don't want to keep giving her steroids. Doctor says very low dose will be ok but I don't believe it.
So what can I do to help her?
I have ordered some "calendula tincture" to mix with cold water and spray where itchy. (still waiting for a delivery)
Also, I have a toy poodle puppy "Azuki" 11 months old. She has recently developed some itchy allergic symptoms too.
I haven't had her checked for what she's allergic to yet because the test is like $350.
So we have two "cone dogs" in the house.
We also have a 14 yrs old Lab mix which is an outside dog but she has no allergy.
I feel so bad for them. Please help!!