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Devons with allergies

I have a little devon girl that keeps breaking out mainly on her face, neck and ears with what looks like it could be measles.  She has been back and forth to the vet and they thought it was a food allergy but stopping certain foods hasn't really helped.  They have her on prednisone and they are trying to get her on a minimal dose as she will probably have to take it all her life which i hate, but what can i do, ihate to see her scratching herself til she bleeds.  Has anyone had a problem like this and if so how did you deal with it?  I appreciate any information you can give me.

Barbara

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  • It does sound like a food allergy or maybe an allergy to something she comes in contact with.  Have you tried her on raw food?  I'm not sure of the exact diet to make sure she get all the nutrients she needs but I hope some-one else her might know.  I have a cat (not a devon) who scratches herself till she bleeds due to stress.  It's really hard to watcher her fo through it so I know how you must be feeling.  I use Rescue Remedy to help her settle.

  • Make sure your vet try's treating her for ringworm. My poor Devon had the same problem and was treated many times with cortisone for an allergy. She would clear for a while and then it would come back. I also tried different diets with no luck. Since being treated for ringworm she has had clear skin for over a year.
  • My little boy has been suffering something quite similar we have tried cortisone injections/antihistamines/elimination & controlled diet he goes through OK phases however we are now faced not only with his skin condition/itching but his developed into over grooming himself as well I hate to see my poor boy suffer :(
  • Hi,
    My Devon had allergies. My Vet was able to do a blood panel test for allergies. This test gave us a list of what she was allergic to. We were able to change her food based on her sensitivities. This made all the difference. I was able to stop the prednisone. Ask your vet or find one that can do this blood work for allergies. It's so hard to guess what foods, there are many ingredients.
    Ours had sensitivity to turkey, duck, grass and lots of other surprises. I also gave her probiotics for felines and that helped as well for any intestinal issues due to allergies

    I hope this helps.
  • Hi There,

    What were the symptoms of the allergies? My Devon has a terrible skin irritation on his belly and in the folds of his neck and under his arms.  At first I thought it was Mallasezia Pachydermitis but my vet thinks it's and allergy.  We are having his blood work done.  I should get the results this week. 

     

    Thea

  • Hi, Barbara

    Our Mondo is 11 years old.  I've been routinely cleaning his ears and eyes he joined our family as a kitten, but I've noticed elevated wax production and eye discharge, along with an occasional sneeze over the past 3 years or so. Like your cat, he scratches at his face and ears and sometimes draws blood.  He's been on prescription food (Purina HR) since developing bladder stones about 6 years ago, so his diet is pretty controlled.  Our vet believes this change is caused by an allergy, but since it isn't seasonal and his diet is controlled, his guess is house dust or dust mites. From what he's told me, pinpointing non-food allergens can pretty tough with animals.  I'm reluctant to put him on meds. Steriods like Prednisone cause undesirable personality changes and antihistimines would make him sleep all the time.  I'm more diligent about keeping house dust at bay, especially in his favorite hangouts.

    Donna

     

  • Your best bet is to ask your vet for a referral to a veterinary dermatologist. There are specialists for animals just as there are specialists for humans - and it sounds like specialist knowledge is needed here. General practice vets do not usually have the specific knowledge base to deal with a persistent problem like this, and that is what specialist vets are there for! Get him seen by the right person with the right knowledge - this is the best action you can take to know if the steroids are indeed necessary, or if they are just something the general practice vet is trying and hoping they work (vets do this all the time - I'm a vet nurse...!)

    Best of luck, and keep us updated!

  • She will not eat any kind of raw meat, so i am very limited.  She loves Prescription diet TD and eats Advantage Chicken.  She will eat cooked chicken and she loves fish but i have quit giving that to her completely as she always seemed to have trouble after eating it.



    Joy said:

    It does sound like a food allergy or maybe an allergy to something she comes in contact with.  Have you tried her on raw food?  I'm not sure of the exact diet to make sure she get all the nutrients she needs but I hope some-one else her might know.  I have a cat (not a devon) who scratches herself till she bleeds due to stress.  It's really hard to watcher her fo through it so I know how you must be feeling.  I use Rescue Remedy to help her settle.


  • breaking out mainly on her face, neck and ears with what looks like it could be measles and scratching like crazy.  If you wouldn't mind let me know what you find out from the tests.  And Good Luck!
    Thea Hale said:

    Hi There,

    What were the symptoms of the allergies? My Devon has a terrible skin irritation on his belly and in the folds of his neck and under his arms.  At first I thought it was Mallasezia Pachydermitis but my vet thinks it's and allergy.  We are having his blood work done.  I should get the results this week. 

     

    Thea

  • Try bathing and spot bathing with Malaseb lotion/shampoo ... it is wonderful for rashes and allergies.  Smile.gif

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