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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxxs_Mummy
    ...After all, he didn't exactly have the best start in life - we're his 4th home and he was only 2 in March..
    wow. poor charlie--that would be hard for any dog, but for a cavalier to have to keep moving and to lose those he's bonded with, that is so heart breaking to think about--and even worse to think he didn't even have someone to really bond with. poor little guy, thank goodness now he has his real home. I hope he and you don't have to deal with SM now, when he's just trying to take happiness for granted, as he so well deserves. I'm glad he has such a good mom who will make sure he will get what he needs, and if it's medication for SM, then he'll get it. i hope somehow it will not be SM.

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    Thanks Judy Yes, he's very settled here and knows for certain that he has his 'forever home' - he has got us all 'under his paw' LOL

    We are hoping it's not SM too - I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy - let alone a Cavalier

    I think I get more upset about it when Maxx has an attack than some people would as I myself have nerve damage in my spine so I can relate to the feelings of pain, tingling & frustration that they must get. I can use my TEN's machine though and short of shaving all their fur off to stick the pads to their skin, it would be nigh on impossible to use it on the dogs!

    How is Zack today?

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    any updates on charlie's bloodwork and how he's feeling?

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    Hi Judy,

    He's actually doing really well, thanks He's still on his anti-histamines but he's more 'normal' now (if that's possible for Charlie ). I am going to the Vet's today and will see what the bloodwork shows up - if it's back

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    Well, miracles The blood work is actually back - only after James had to make THREE calls to the lab

    It would appear that my darling boy has multiple allergies

    He is ... wait for it... allergic to inside...outside and grass - ever heard the like?

    James has now asked for a complete breakdown of the screening so that we can get to the bottom of it. We have wooden floors, leather suite and cotton curtains & I am forever cleaning and vacuuming so we are quite stumped!

    Anyway, he has to have another course of steroids & as the Pred didn't do an awful lot for him when he had them a few weeks ago he now has to have these other ones at a cost of £5 per tablet

    All I can say is NEVER have a Cavalier without adequate insurance

    James was so relieved when I said not to worry as both my dogs have a £5000 limit a year. He siad that he knew I was the sort of person who would starve to buy the dogs their medicines

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    Default Nifa had an allergy to grass too

    Hi Just to tell you Nifa my blenheim had an allergy to grass last year . Her bib , 4 paws and some of her tummy came out in scabs. Our vet gave her a course of antihistamines and I had to wash her daily in a wash like hibi scrub to prevent further infection in the scabs , It cleared up within a couple of weeks and has not recurred this year thank god .I felt so sorry for her it can be no fun being itchy like that. Hope your Charlie is feeling better give him a cuddle from Nifa and tell him he'll feel better soon .
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    Her bib , 4 paws and some of her tummy came out in scabs.
    Poor thing. Was it definitely grass or could it have been insecticide on grass?
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    Thanks Heidi,

    This isn't just grass though, he's allergic to indoors and outdoors as well

    Only I could have a dog that was allergic to everything

    Weird thing is, last year, my neighbour's GSD had a similar thing where he was allergic to almost everything so I'm going to go and have a chat to them tonight. Harvey had immunotherapy and I think he's fine now. They had to take him to see a skin specialist somewhere first before it was all diagnosed. At least Charlie has had his tests done at the Vets surgery.

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    Only just caught up on this thread.

    Poor Charlie, it must be awful to be so ichy in this weather. Esp if he has allergies, you'll have to get him a spacesuit to go out in, i wonder if they make those for dogs?

    I think you baby must need some treats with all he is going through!!!
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    Oh poor Charlie...so sorry Donna, I'd missed this before

    Can you get to Chris Day....there are ways of desensitising them with homoeopathy, and he might be able to make up a remedy from the steroid to help prevent side effects. If he can't, my homeoopath does this for me, it's really helped with TedBear.

    Does James think he has SM as well, or "just" the allergies

    You are so right about insurance...we weren't going to insure TedBear, but he had 6 weeks free from the Kennel Club {as he was under 2} and started scratching during that time...thank goodness we did, his bills to date have been over £1500 and he's currently on about £50 per month just in medication. ALthough like you, we'd starve before he'd go without

    Jack is now insured with Marks and Spencers, have heard wonderful things about them...they are also substantially cheaper than the Kennel Club's own policy. If anyone is thinking of getting insurance, make sure you investigate thoroughly and get a policy that covers them for life, not jsut for a year...
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