Cyclosporine for dog allergies

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I use Atopica (Cyclosporine) for my Bulldog and it has been great for him.He has been on all kinds of other meds for his allergies in the past and the Atopica has been the best med of them all.He takes 100mg 2-3 times a week.When he first went on it ,He took it every day for a month then every other day for a month and now he is down to 2-3 a week.His skin was so raw before he went on it.
You also have to keep a Predisone prescription on hand in case your dog has a reaction to the lysodren (this is rare). My dog has been on Lysodren now for 6 years. The medicine did not work right away. In fact, her bloodwork did not return to normal until about 2 years. The doctor was patient and kept adjusting her meds until one day it worked. For about 2 years, then, her bloodwork was perfect. Now, she starting to have a little bit of a relapse which is normal.
She has food allergies and has had environmental allergies before. For this reason I am hesitant to take her to the vet just to be told its an allergy and to give her Benadryl. She is not scratching at her eyes, her pupils are reacting to light and she can see just fine. I have 2 labs and the other one has not developed any similar discharge.
Atopy or allergies of the skin are difficult to treat. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a common anti-histamine, which you can try, however, many dog's require steroids or "Atopica" (cyclosporine) to control excessive itching. The dose for Benadryl is 1 mg per pound of body weight. Benadryl comes in 12.5mg, 25mg and 50mg tablets or capsules. A 50 pound would take a single 50mg or two-25mg Benadryls twice daily.
He has been on practically every anti-histamine for dog or human and was even on cyclosporine for over a year and a half. He still takes benadryl and eats hypoallergenic dog food, but no longer needs the cyclosporine and we don't ever want to put him back on it for fear of increasing his odds of cancer. We will stick with the chinese herbs and if he has problems again we will follow your program to reintroduce them.
If you stop using it, however, the lacrimal glands stop working again (usually after a week or two), and the dry eye returns and begins to progress again. It is usually necessary to treat the eyes twice a day for the life of the dog. If dry eye is not treated, it will cause the eyes to produce a thick, ropy mucus in an attempt to protect the eyes from damage.
She has had health issues related to allergies, was on Steroids, then cyclosporine for about 6 months, took her off of that and found out she is basically allergic to Wheat, corn, beef and chicken. I am feeding her a limited ingredient diet, grain free which seems to be helping her at the moment. She even had her tonsils removed when she was a mere 1 year old pup.
If you can't make time to exercise her, one good solution is to adopt another dog as a playmate. It really makes a big difference for a dog to have a pack and playmate with so many households being empty during the work and school week.
I stopped taking the medicine after only 3 weeks and needless to say, I am still breaking out in hives and have joint pain. I have been tested for allergies and that was negative. I have had bloodwork done and it was negative. Just wondering if anyone else was experiencing same symptoms. I am going insane trying to deal with this!
Tikki foods. Are there any recommendations on a food that maybe is good for allergies, natural, no grain, or organic?? Thank you for your help.
I am scheduled to take my dog in for her surgery in 2 weeks. She's a 2 year old Jack Russel, who's had symptoms for about a year. We've tried every drop out there (optimune, tacrolimus, pilocarpine - none of them have worked for her left eye - it's been at 0 since her first Schirmer test - the right did go from 2 to 22). She still gets the tacrolimus and lubrithol (tear gel), but no improvement.
A lady was using this supplement for her dog just to give her dog the necessary enzymes/nutrients not present in cooked kibble, (that are found in raw food). She discovered, as a side bonus that her dogs incontinence ceased after starting her dog on the Fresh Factors. It works. You can double or triple the dose if you wish, to boost it in the beginning, as well, with absolute safety/no harm or ill effects, whatsoever. Anyways, I tried it, and it works.
My dog has had dry eyes for about 3 years. She recently was treated w/ round of antibiotics for infection. The vet is now recommending "denucleation" which is basically surgery removing the eyes. I don't know what to do. She says that she is in too much pain and if it were her dog this is what she would do.
its not only more healthy for our cats but also for us.... theres also been alot reported lately of the huge health hazards to pets with all the chemicals in rugs and furniture, especially flame retardants. glad the NON perfumed litter helped with the foot problem. you can also try a real natural litter such as newsprint or glass beads...not corn based as they too are loaded in chemicals.
Thanks for the tip. I, too suffer from all of the above symtoms the others describe. I was attributing the itchy scalp, which is all over, and the ears, and bumps on the neck, to seasonal allergies. I moved from a different area in Texas to the area by the ocean, with high humidity, it is awful. Since I relocated by the ocean, every October I start this intense itching in my scalp, ears, and neck. Yet, I also have taken antibiotics for a UTI.
thankyou for that information. Atopica(cyclosporine) has been used off label for cats in some resistant skin conditions such as EGC (eonsinophilic granuloma complex)...an alergic reaction to food/flea bites/environmental inhalents. I'm glad it was successful in also treating pododermatitis.. Atopica/cyclosporine is less harmful than using steroids but none the less is a powerful immuno-suppressant medication and needs to be watched closely for adverse reactions especially with the kidneys....
I know I will probably have to go back on drugs, but for now, I am trying to live without them, because I really don't want to take so many strong drugs. I take Zyrtec for allergies, but it does absolutely nothing for the hives. Anyone who is still trying to deal with this with over the counter drugs is wasting their time. You need to find a specialist who knows what they are doing and who can monitor you closely.
When the hives moved to my face, I went on a diet that eliminated all food allergies for about a month, then I met a new boyfriend, the hives went away, and I quit the diet. I've also had problems with scented 'anything' that comes in contact with my body since I was in my 20's, so I do not use them.
Hi. I looked for allergies also re hives but turned out hives due to autoimmune disease. Have a look at Lupus and Hashimoto's disease. ...
Every antihistimine and stomach pill (that has a histimine blocker) has been tried. The only relief I have gotten was when I went on Cyclosporine for six moths. This is an antirejection drug. I do not want to stay on this, but have been off of it for five months now, and hives are starting to return. Sometimes they are red splotches on my skin, other times they are thick welts, both itch unreal. My eyes, lips and feet swell also. My eyes and lips swell till I look like someone has beat me...
still no relief after two emergency room visits they gave him hydroxine and blood workups for kidney, liver, and thyroid came back normal. then the allergist said his bloodwork for allergies is normal too. she put him on zyrtec and two hydroxine at night so the kid can maybe get some sleep.. Now were going on 5 weeks he has missed 3 weeks of school and there's still no relief for this poor kid in site. we've tried oatmeal baths, lotion, bactine which has lidocane and still nothing.
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