Archive for February, 2012
by on February 2nd, 2012
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Daisy is a three year old Border Terrier. For the first two and a half years of her life she suffered repeatedly from skin irritation and rashes which would become infected and require antibiotic and steroid therapy.
Daisy was seen by a dermatologist who initially tried dietary elimination to determine if Daisy was suffering from a food allergy. A lack of response led to Daisy having blood allergy tests undertaken. and she was also put on to the drug cyclosporine, which works by suppressing the part of her body’s immune system which is “over-reacting”.
This means that even if the trigger for the itching is still present, the reaction is stopped and the itching should subside. Daisy was found to be reactive to certain tree pollens and weeds. An immunotherapy vaccine was ordered and treatment was commenced in February 2011. We are delighted to report that Daisy is now a happy dog once more and her skin problems have resolved. She receives monthly immunotherapy injections as well as daily cyclosporine capsules, a weekly medicated bath and food appropriate for dogs with sensitive skin.