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#143318 - 03/22/11 04:26 PM Re: Mason Skin Issues- Thoughts? [Re: GSDTrain]
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Diana, glad that info helped. I know when I first started looking at it, it was a whole new world. I've had bad grass and weed allergies all my life, and always wondered why so many fruits made me feel crummy.

Unfortunately, I don't see this talked about on too many veterinary sites. Still trying to figure things out!
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#143322 - 03/22/11 05:00 PM Re: Mason Skin Issues- Thoughts? [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Lisa, the information have been a HUGE help for us as Phoenix loves raw veggies and fruits. Sadly, his favorite, banana and apple, are two one of the worst for him. I have read that they believe the skins of certain fruits and veggies are to blame, as in the case of the apple, but I found that it's the apple as a whole.

I am constantly bouncing stuff off my vet and derm and when I brought up the whole veggie/fruit thing you had mentioned, they said neither gave it a thought and found it to be interesting. We all talked about proteins and grains, but never gave the vegetables or fruits a thought. Your input has had a big positive ripple effect in my world!!!

Back to Mason and his issues (sorry for thread jacking), I would love to hear how he is progressing with his allergies as time goes on and when you start the serum. BTW, if you are doing the shots, who are you getting the serum from?
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#143381 - 03/22/11 09:53 PM Re: Mason Skin Issues- Thoughts? [Re: DnP]
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His serum, I believe, will becoming from VARL (I believe thats what its called)


Sadly, Mason's favorite fruit is bananas too, but he is going to have to stay away from them just in case!
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#143408 - 03/22/11 10:34 PM Re: Mason Skin Issues- Thoughts? [Re: GSDTrain]
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Max loves bananas too frown They would give him ear infections, and I always thought it was the sugar (feeding yeast) - I never expected it was an allergen.

(Thanks for the feedback Diana, great to hear it helped laugh )

I sure hope that Mason doesn't increase in his itchiness. Do keep us posted on if it stays stable, etc.!
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#143423 - 03/22/11 11:56 PM Re: Mason Skin Issues- Thoughts? [Re: MaxaLisa]
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This evening Mason has increased in itchiness frown ...probably becasue the T-P is fully out of his system now. I am calling the vet tomorrow about the allergy shots, but may take a visit to the holistic vet before we actually start allergy shots to see if there is anything alternative that can help him as well, but haven't totally decidied yet.
I'll keep everyone posted!
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#143434 - 03/23/11 12:08 AM Re: Mason Skin Issues- Thoughts? [Re: GSDTrain]
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I would do the same, holistic options seem to be best. I would go acupuncture if I had an acupuncturist available!
The book 4 paws 5 directions was very interesting in herbal remedies, but finding the ingredients was challenging for Onyx's allergies.

FWIW....my dogs are all scratching right now, maybe coat blowing time, or just the change in seasons.
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#143436 - 03/23/11 12:11 AM Re: Mason Skin Issues- Thoughts? [Re: Jane Jean]
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I was afraid the itchiness would increase, but hoping it wouldn't.

I too would see the holistic vet and acupuncture options as a first step. You still may need the allergy shots, but I think there's a "big picture" here that a holistic vet can help with.
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#143518 - 03/23/11 10:22 AM Re: Mason Skin Issues- Thoughts? [Re: Jane Jean]
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Originally Posted By: Jane Jean
I would do the same, holistic options seem to be best. I would go acupuncture if I had an acupuncturist available! The book 4 paws 5 directions was very interesting in herbal remedies, but finding the ingredients was challenging for Onyx's allergies.


My holistic vet lent me the book and then I bought it off Amazon. The herbal remedies I give Phoenix, as well as the acupuncture, I believe have helped. Our goal is to stop the serum at some point (I get the VARL serum), maintaining with the remedies and acupuncture. I also learned from the book (and my holistic vet) the foods that also affect allergies depending on what type of dog you have. We try to avoid the "hot" meats/foods.
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#143534 - 03/23/11 11:03 AM Re: Mason Skin Issues- Thoughts? [Re: DnP]
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Thanks everyone. I will put a call into the holistic vet this week, before I call my vet back about the allergy shots.
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#143535 - 03/23/11 11:05 AM Re: Mason Skin Issues- Thoughts? [Re: GSDTrain]
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They close at 11am today, so will probably have to wait until tomorrow to call them.
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