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captah
12:55:06 Thu
Sep 9 2004

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Atopic Dermatitis

My white girl has been been diagnosed with AD. The vet also informs us that this is common in white boxers ( he is treating 5 of them ......)

whilst she is being treated with levocetirizine + antibiotics + lotions + shampoos, would like to hear of anybody's experience with this and treatment alternates

  
SashasMum
15:25:15 Fri
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I am sorry - I havent heard of it? Have you tried looking it up on the internet at all?

I look forward to being enlightened when you do find out about it, but in the meantime I hope that all the treatment works on your poor wee baby.

Karen :wave:

  
captah
04:46:05 Sat
Sep 11 2004

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thanks karen

have done a lot of research on the net and know all about it theoretically but wanted to interact with someone who's pet has actually been thru it

it is a type of allergy which I am told white boxers and other white breeds are typically prone to...... it is lifelong and can only be controlled not cured !

anyway if you can also ask around, it will be nice. what i am looking for is an alternate to anti histamines, anti biotics and steroids

cleo is just a year old and it is painful to see her like this

thanks again:bricks:

  
captah
04:59:42 Sat
Sep 11 2004

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a pic of cleo

  
crazymax
20:33:50 Tue
Sep 14 2004

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You are not alone! Max has been diagnosed with AD since he was about a year old, i tried numerous things, from shampoos and creams and eventually got my vets to refer him to a skin specialist who diagnosed his condition. he is allergic to 2 types of house dust mites and numerous weeds and grasses and would break out in red hives regularly and was constantly itching and scratching. we found out as a side affect of the AD he was also prone to yeast infections which caused him to suck his feet and scratch his face alot, so more creams and shampoos were prescribed for that. when i couldn't take his itching anymore i decided that creams and shampoos were not enough for him and for the last year he has been treated with immunotherapy drugs to help build up his immune system against the things he is allergic to. i have to inject him monthly with the drug that has been made up especially to control his allergies. he has, touch wood, greatly improved and has had only small isolated areas of redness and itches and scratches a lot less than he used to. it is i will say very expensive but he is insured so i only have to pay an excess each year. although theres a chance he may become immune to his allergies in the next few years he may have to have this medication all his life, so before you start it, make sure you are aware of the costs involved!
Good luck with it and i hope you find something that works for you!

  
captah
08:00:44 Fri
Sep 17 2004

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thanks a lot for the info

is it true that white boxers are prone to this as a result of the lack of pigmentation ???

anyway my girl is better now with a combined treatment of SGA Levocetirizine (Teczine) + the lotions and shampoos

incidentally, FGAs like benadryl / tridep / atrax were only of temporary help

whatever - a white boxer is worth the effort !! they are so different and I should know having had normal boxers for years.....

  
crazymax
14:02:42 Fri
Sep 17 2004

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Glad Cleos on the mend. it can be so stressful to watch your dog in distress because they are so itchy.
Actually i have been told by a vet that the pigmentation of the skin has nothing to do with skin conditions. i have recently graduated with a degree in animal science and for my final dissertation i was going to look into whether white boxers are more prone to AD than 'coloured' boxers, in the same way that deafness is related to pigmentation in the ears (hence more deaf white dogs), but when enquiring of the possibilities my vet told me that there was no proven link. AD can be genetic and therefore passed down through generations, we have to remember that all pedigree dogs suffer more health problems than mongrels/mixes due to the inbreeding that produced the breeds in the first place. Boxers are no exception and often suffer from many health complaints purely because they are 'boxers'!

  
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15:19:04 Fri
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is it possible that this AD causes problems less often than what I've read in the post? My white boxer doesn't have continual problems but sometimes he does develop hives, it usually when he is left at the kennel. Last time he got them everywhere and I thought it was a bug bite but this time he did get hives again and there were a lot less of them but I'm more invlined to think they are nerves or possibly this AD?

  

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