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 on: April 21, 2017, 04:58:44 PM 
Started by Freedom (Sandie) - Last post by pam
Gosh!!!!!!!!!!  I have been away and didn't know we were down! Good to know we are back though - thanks Keith
Pam

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 on: April 19, 2017, 07:05:37 PM 
Started by BellasMommy (Kelly) - Last post by BellasMommy (Kelly)
Thank you, Alison! Bella will get the first immunotherapy shot tomorrow. I hope they help her eventually!

We are donating lots and lots of dog food and treats that she can't eat anymore. At least Bella will experience the joy of giving!!

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 on: April 19, 2017, 06:27:26 PM 
Started by kjb131313 - Last post by Alison
I'm so glad he has settled down.Abby has had  a few episodes of limping and I freaked too.Luckily they settled.She will limp a little after a long walk and sometimes needs a dose of metacam.

I think if she could choose she would choose the joy of the long walk form some temporary stiffness.We just don't do it too often.

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 on: April 19, 2017, 06:24:28 PM 
Started by Freedom (Sandie) - Last post by Alison
Great news

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 on: April 19, 2017, 06:22:45 PM 
Started by darwinsmom (Chris) - Last post by Alison
Great news,well done

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 on: April 19, 2017, 06:21:49 PM 
Started by BellasMommy (Kelly) - Last post by Alison
Lovely pic ,she is so cute .At least you now know what to avoid .I know its impossible to avoid all those things, but at least you know what ones you can.I hope things get better soon. Alison

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 on: April 17, 2017, 06:24:48 PM 
Started by BellasMommy (Kelly) - Last post by BellasMommy (Kelly)
We saw the vet today and reviewed the allergy test results. For now, Bella will continue with apoquel once a day and we ordered the custom serum for her to start immunotherapy shots. They won't be effective for about a year if ever, but we are giving it a shot (pun intended).

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 on: April 17, 2017, 05:41:57 PM 
Started by BellasMommy (Kelly) - Last post by BellasMommy (Kelly)
Poor sweet little Darwin, he has been through so much. Steroids made a huge difference for Bella, too, but like you, I am very cautious of them.

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 on: April 16, 2017, 11:17:30 PM 
Started by BellasMommy (Kelly) - Last post by darwinsmom (Chris)
The medication is a long story. He had one cortisone shot, because he was having fairly severe symptoms (wheezing and skin secondary bacterial infection). After that, they gave him some sort of immunization against allergies. He also had a medicated shampoo. The knee issue followed and he was started on daily anti inflammatories. Honestly, I saw the biggest difference after the steroid shot, but I know that's not something to be taken lightly, and we won't be repeating it unless things are quite grim again. They told me I could use benadryl as needed, but I really haven't. The redwood fronds are just as common as dust here, but we had so much wind and rain this winter that it really did a good job clearing them away for the time being. We'll see.

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 on: April 16, 2017, 05:24:46 PM 
Started by BellasMommy (Kelly) - Last post by BellasMommy (Kelly)
Thanks, Chris! Bella loves to model for me. 💕

It is good to have some answers, even though it will be hard to avoid many of her triggers. I am thinking of making an outdoor stone cover area by the house for her to use as a potty. Maybe some boots for the yard. She has always preferred to walk on sidewalks or pavement rather than on the grass. As you said, the winter should bring some respite.

Does Darwin take any medication?

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