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We did not do allergy testing or shots. The vet at U of I told us that chances are allergy shots would not be effective for our dog. She said there would be a better chance that atopica would work. I figured, why not try it out for several months and see what happens. It worked.

Atopica does not have to be giving daily. And, it can be administered with a cheaper drug, ketoconizole, which allows you to save money by giving a smaller dose of Atopica because ketoconizole slows the metabolism of Atopica (keeps Atopica in the dogs body longer). We give atopica/ketoconizole every other day. A one month supply of Atopica and ketoconizole for our 65lb golden costs about $70. I don't like the expense, but the cost of vet bills, anti-biotics, pain and suffering... it seems worth it to me.
Ketoconazole here is $50 for two weeks worth. Everything here is marked up in Canada. I just do not have $70 a month to work with right now between the food, meds etc hes already on. I only make $1000 a month

But, I will check into the cost of atopica again and see what I can come up with. Human pharmacy wanted $150 for two weeks of oral cyclosporine...
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We did not do allergy testing or shots. The vet at U of I told us that chances are allergy shots would not be effective for our dog. She said there would be a better chance that atopica would work. I figured, why not try it out for several months and see what happens. It worked.

Atopica does not have to be giving daily. And, it can be administered with a cheaper drug, ketoconizole, which allows you to save money by giving a smaller dose of Atopica because ketoconizole slows the metabolism of Atopica (keeps Atopica in the dogs body longer). We give atopica/ketoconizole every other day. A one month supply of Atopica and ketoconizole for our 65lb golden costs about $70. I don't like the expense, but the cost of vet bills, anti-biotics, pain and suffering... it seems worth it to me.
I had my spaniel, Tess, on Atopica for 6-8 months. She'd had a severe flea allergy and resulting infections. It helped a great deal and I weaned her off it after her skin cleared up and we had made sure there fleas didn't get near her. It IS expensive, but might in fact be cheaper than the vet bills, etc. if Linc is in the doc's office quite a bit.
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I had my spaniel, Tess, on Atopica for 6-8 months. She'd had a severe flea allergy and resulting infections. It helped a great deal and I weaned her off it after her skin cleared up and we had made sure there fleas didn't get near her. It IS expensive, but might in fact be cheaper than the vet bills, etc. if Linc is in the doc's office quite a bit.
It still is the initial cost $150 before 13% taxes here is really expensive. Thats for the generic for a 30 day supply of just 100mg. He would need 150mg once a day. If I could put him on it 1 pill every other day or every second day it *might* be doable. But I cannot afford the initial loading dose.

I feel like a horrible owner as it is.
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It still is the initial cost $150 before 13% taxes here is really expensive. Thats for the generic for a 30 day supply of just 100mg. He would need 150mg once a day. If I could put him on it 1 pill every other day or every second day it *might* be doable. But I cannot afford the initial loading dose.

I feel like a horrible owner as it is.
In my experience when I was broke and couldn't afford certain vet meds I found homeopathy and they had a lot of alternative that were cheaper and work as well if not better, with no bad side effects, you may want to look into


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Question....how many pound of actual meat after water has been removed are in a small bag of Nutro? I assume they are 5-6lb bags...?
I am unsure about the specifics. I called the consumer line and was told exact numbers are considered proprietary. I do know that Nutro uses 5lbs of chicken to get 1lb of meal vs when chicken meal is a slurry and so 1lb of chicken to get 5lbs of meal is common. I.e., chicken and chicken meal are the first ingredients in the Natural Choice Large Breed Chicken that I use.

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