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My Schnauzer has seasonal allergies (June to end September) with very sore inner ears breaking out in deep sores. Otitis externa. Some itching of paws and the back, but the ears are the worst. Previously took Vanectyl P for those months and then stopped at end of Sept. Had low grade pancreatitis Sept/13 but better now. Also had surgery for a hernia in the diaphragm 2 years ago with omentum surrounding the heart. Really nervous to start Atopica with all the side effects documented about this drug. Vanectyl P has side effects but seems a better choice for the short term used. Is Atopica safe? Do you had an alternative solution to either of these drugs. Thank you for any help you can provide.

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June 3, 2014 at 8:36 PM



Dear Jane,

I would try natural therapies before starting medications that have severe side effects. I would use cyclosporine, an immune suppressant, and chemo drug only after all other options have been explored.

You might want to look at some of our products to help heal the skin. DERMA-IONX which is an oral homeopathic product stimulates the enzyme systems in the body which reduces itching and inflammation, promotes healing of the skin and helps with assimilation of nutritional components in diet and supplements. The supplements I use along with it include probiotics, MSM, vitamin C, and Omega 3,6,9. Together with DERMA-IONX it produces a synergistic effect for a faster response. I would also suggest that you give your dog only filtered water for drinking and bathing if your water contains chlorine or fluoride. For the dietary modifications you might want to try a grain free diet for a while. I would avoid lamb and chicken during the summer months because they are more warming according to Chinese food therapy.

Using these products can help to resolve a difficult condition. Please feel free to contact us again if you have any other questions or to let us know how you are doing.

Best wishes,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
June 6, 2014 at 10:31 AM
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