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I don’t even know where to begin. Lambeau is almost 3.5 years old. We have been struggling with his allergies since he was aleast 6 months. We have tried EVERYTHING! He has his own dermatologist. He has been diagnosed with atleast 14 known environmental allergies and multiple food allergies. His environmental allergies are unavoidable. Some being humans, dust, cotten, etc. We have tried multiple prescription foods, he doesn’t get anything else. We have tried all medications, immunotherapy shot and drops, medicated shampoos, etc. Now our only savor, prednisone isn’t working. His body builds up tolerances to everything and very quickly. I can’t stand seeing him like this. I have no idea what else there even is to try. His medical bills are really expensive and I would hate to give him up. It would be one thing if I knew it would help or someone would be able to take care of him. My biggest fear is if we do someone would put him down. He is a good dog, but even the doctors are frustrated. I’ve even thought about entering him into a drug trial, but I was told there really isn’t anything out right now. If anyone has any advice or knows of someone that we can talk to it would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I'm sorry that your pup and you are going through this. Prednisone really shouldn't be used long term anyway, it will cause some pretty nasty side effects w/ long term use.

What are his symptoms? Has the dermatologist recommend any human over the counter allergy meds for him? What food are you currently feeding and what foods do you believe he's allergic to?

Since you've already tried immunotherapy and don't seem to be getting results, personally, I'd focus on his microbiome. Sounds kind of crazy but there's good evidence that the microbiome can alter the way the immune system responds to "threats" (here's a decent paper addressing the subject generally - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6056614/ ).

I'd be looking for a high quality probiotic (or two) that also has high quality prebiotics in it. I'd also consider feeding Hills new Biome food even though it's primarily for GI related issues but it's got good prebiotics to help the probiotics thrive. I'd also be giving a human OTC med like Fexofenadine every day per the vet's recommended dose for his weight and a Fish Oil supplement if the food I was feeding didn't have sufficient Omega 3 in it already.
 

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Here's a bump back up the list. I'm sorry I don't have any advice. It must be hard to watch your dog go through all this. I hope you find something to help.
 

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He licks, bites, and scratches all over. He has tried multiple human allergy medications, they were the least successful with the exception of Benadryl. That atleast worked for alittle while. We didn’t want to have to use prednisone, but that was our last resort since we have tried everything else. His body has just builds up immunity to everything. Nothing works for longer then a month if that. He is now on this food called Ultimino. It’s a new food that all the vet colleges are raving about. We know he is allergic to chicken, potatoes and milk. We suspect more that’s why he doesn’t get anything except his food. He’s had fish oil added to his food since the beginning. His allergies are so vast almost all foods have one of his allergies in it.
 

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My first Golden had allergies and I tried different foods that my Vet suggested with no success. I did find one that finally worked. My Beagle had allergies as well and I found an online kit like this.

https://market.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/products/pet-wellness-pet-scan

I took the info that came back and searched online for a food that did not have any of her trigger items in it. You can look up foods and read their ingredients online. It took me a while but I did find one that had none of the things she was allergic to in it. She finally got better.

Since you already know what yours is allergic to start reading food labels and search for one that doesn't have the ingredients he is allergic to in it.
Also watch things he eats in the yard. Mine would have outbreaks after eating twigs from a certain tree in my yard and after eating rabbit poop. I ended up putting chicken wire up along my fence to keep the rabbits out. Also use sensitive laundry soap for his bedding. I'm sorry you are going through this and hope you can find some relief and answers. I know I was on a mission to get find out what my Beagle was allergic to.
 

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He licks, bites, and scratches all over. He has tried multiple human allergy medications, they were the least successful with the exception of Benadryl. That atleast worked for alittle while. We didn’t want to have to use prednisone, but that was our last resort since we have tried everything else. His body has just builds up immunity to everything. Nothing works for longer then a month if that. He is now on this food called Ultimino. It’s a new food that all the vet colleges are raving about. We know he is allergic to chicken, potatoes and milk. We suspect more that’s why he doesn’t get anything except his food. He’s had fish oil added to his food since the beginning. His allergies are so vast almost all foods have one of his allergies in it.
So you've tried Loratadine, Cetirizine and Fexofenadine for longer than two weeks each? These newer generation antihistamines are not like Diphenydramine (Benadryl), they don't produce fast symptom relief for severe allergies like Diphenhydramine can. There's a reason that Benadryl is part of many severe allergy protocols (as in given during anaphylaxis after an EpiPen dose). They are not going to produce fast results in a patient that has severe allergies but they are better for long term use. For an immune system that is all worked up already, it's going to take quite awhile to calm down.

Combine one of these with the right food, immunotherapy and intense microbiome boosting (w/ a high quality Probiotic + Prebiotics) and you should eventually find the right combination for your dog.
 

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I didn’t think about all the sticks he has been eating lately. He’s has always chewed them but not as much has he before. I knew I didn’t want him to for digestive reasons but not allergy ones. I try to stop him. The only way I can think of is to not let him outside without a leash. In regard to medication he’s tried them for about a month, but they didn’t work. Nothing lasts long either.
 

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I'm so sorry you and Lambeau are suffering so much. One way to get him to stop eating stuff in the yard is to acclimate him to a basket muzzle. Here's a good article by a respected trainer: https://www.clickertraining.com/muzzles.

Lambeau might not even have to wear it long term, just until you can figure out whether he's eating anything in the yard that might be problematic. Using a muzzle will let him roam around without getting into anything dangerous.
 
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