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Old 04-19-2013, 10:33 PM
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Anyone have experience with this drug?

I'm making an appointment to talk with my vet about it for Frodo. His allergies are out of control and he is miserable. He went after Megan's foster dog the other day and made her bleed. He's never attacked another dog before, he will get snarky, but he has always been very careful about never making contact. His barking has gone way way up again, won't settle. He's hot to the touch.

It's becoming quite obvious that he needs something stronger than the natural remedies that help some, but not enough. It all goes back to my promise to give him quality over quantity of life in all my decisions, and right now I don't see a whole lot of quality going on

So yeah, just looking for anyone who has experience with it. And you don't need to tell me it's expensive, I've seen the cost, had my mini heart attack, and decided it's worth it if it works.

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Old 04-19-2013, 10:36 PM
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Honestly I really like it. The dogs we have on it do really well and I haven't seen any major side effects except some minor GI upset. The only reason I don't use it more is because of the cost. Most people just can't/won't do it.

Pip's allergies are well controlled by his allergy shots, but I'd be absolutely comfortable using it for him if they weren't.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:51 PM
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Haven't used it but I've been thinking about it for Sally. How much does it cost?
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:08 PM
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Haven't used it but I've been thinking about it for Sally. How much does it cost?
From what I can tell, it would initially cost about $90 a month for 30# Frodo. Fortunately it looks like often you reduce it and can do every other day, or even more days off sometime.
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:09 PM
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Honestly I really like it. The dogs we have on it do really well and I haven't seen any major side effects except some minor GI upset. The only reason I don't use it more is because of the cost. Most people just can't/won't do it.

Pip's allergies are well controlled by his allergy shots, but I'd be absolutely comfortable using it for him if they weren't.
Thanks! That's good to know.

I'm expecting that my vet might not be so pleased with my wanting to put him on it, but I am ready to push for it.
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:10 PM
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I've used it for an autoimmune condition and found it to be really well tolerated. I absolutely would have more reservation about prednisone than the atopica regarding quality of life for the dog, the atopica just seems scarier because it's expensive and uncommon!
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:15 PM
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Sillysally, at my vet it's about $300 per 6 weeks for a 90 lb dog, no idea what the dosage on a smaller dog would be.

I had experience with it, as a completely last-resort drug. Not a really good experience. The dog I was using it for ended up having a major reaction to it (nasty case of hives) and though you're supposed to freeze the pills and give the drug either X amount of time before or after a meal, he still vomited every time he got it. From the day I started touching the pills, I had a mild to moderate feeling of nausea up until I stopped giving the drug (to be fair I honestly can't tell you for certain if it was from touching the pills or just a coincidence). Some vets, including the derm specialist I was seeing at the time, will tell you it's a harmless drug with no or few side effects, doesn't need special handling, etc. Another derm specialist we contacted for a second opinion was mortified as the information the first one gave... I know that it works extremely well on some dogs, but I would read this so that you know exactly what you're putting in your dog:

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com...angerous-dogs/
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:22 PM
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Thanks! That's good to know.

I'm expecting that my vet might not be so pleased with my wanting to put him on it, but I am ready to push for it.
I sent you a message on FB since my post got moderated (has a link in it) and I have no idea when it'll pop up.

Sillysally, it was 300 dollars every 6 weeks for a 90 lb dog.
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:53 AM
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We only have one dog on it, for an autoimmune issue, but he does amazingly well on it. He takes a human form...don't know if it's because it's generic or if his owner just gets it cheaper because she's a rep, but may be worth looking into. Most of our allergy dogs are on allergy injections and/or steroids.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:03 AM
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A family friend used it with their dog as a last resort and it literally saved his life. He's no longer losing fur or itching until he bleeds.
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