Mr. N is allergic to chicken, fleas and bee stings. Chicken is the easiest one to avoid because most things are labeled and he can have it in small doses without becoming too itchy.
He is on flea medication pretty much year-round though because the weather is mild here and we have bugs pretty much all the time. Even one flea bite drives him crazy for weeks and then we have to cone him and he uses that cone as a weapon to show his displeasure (who says dogs can’t use tools?).
I have tried various holistic measures and several different flea medications. Right now, he’s wearing a Seresto collar and I spray him with the Pet Naturals Flea + Tick spray if we’re going hiking or somewhere with a lot of dogs.
My biggest concern though is his bee allergy because the last time he got stung by a bee (which was before we had him), he had to go to the ER. At his last vet visit, I got a prescription for juvenile EpiPens for Mr. N. I didn’t know this was a thing for dogs until I went to a canine first-aid workshop a few months ago.
The vet told me to stab Mr. N in the thigh muscle with the EpiPen. The boyfriend said what muscle to which I replied that Mr. N has very nice hind muscles… the vet said so! I can see his point though, it’s not exactly a large target area.
Now we’ll have to see if his insurance will cover the cost.
What kind of allergies do your dog(s) have and what do you do to combat them?