Fin’s Sensitest allergy tests were ready and we wanted to discuss these with our vet, Andrew at Donaldson & Partners (see the link to the right of this page) what to do next. see http://www.heronbank.co.uk/2011/04/allergies/
We knew that Fin has multiple allergies including yeast, colourings, preservatives and the like, but we wanted to get a fuller picture so that we could eliminate as many allergens as possible from his environment.
The list (and this is by no means exhaustive) includes beef, lamb and chicken, egg, maize (corn). We can eliminate these from his diet, so no problem there.
2 different families of grasses. Not so easy to avoid, but our back garden has no grass, and we can lead-walk him on the paths in our local park – no more running through the woods and fields for Fin!
Storage mites (two common types were tested) and house dust mites (a teaspoon of dust may contain over 250,000 mite droppings and is the most common cause of allergy in the UK). These last two are invisible to the naked eye, so you can never be sure of eradicating them, the best you can hope for is to reduce their numbers.
Damp dusting and regular, thorough vacuuming of carpets, curtains and soft furnishings will help, as will keeping a window open for ventillation.
Storing of dry food in an airtight container and cleaning of the container before another pack of food is emptied in is a must.
These procedures actually did help.
The last two things he reacted to – and this was by far the strongest reaction – was the yeast and bacteria on his own skin. Apparently these occur naturally and normally live in harmony, but antibiotics can knock the bacteria out and “Malaseb” shampoo can knock out the yeast. We agreed to leave antibiotics alone for the moment and use Tea Tree Oil shampoo, to try and restore the balance of the naturally occurring yeast and bacteria on his skin.
it was an uphill struggle but we got there in the end.