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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My pure black lab is constantly scratching - she gets

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My pure black lab is constantly scratching - she gets allergy pills and Omega 3 for Dogs( our vet recommendation) she is 9years old. we go through this every year in the spring and fall, she doesnt have fleas ( gets that medication also) she is also on heartworm, is there anything else we can do other than cortizone shots??
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Using the wrong medication for fleas can be dangerous. You should definitely talk to the Veterinarian. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Shadow - she is on Frontline
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Shadow?
Customer: Her weight is good she has some arthritis
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Shadow. The seasonality of her pruritis (itchiness) identifies atopy - allergies to environmental allergens such as pollens, molds, dust, and dust mites, etc. Rather than the usual prescribing of a glucocorticosteroid such as prednisone, please ask her vet about the new cytokine antagonist oclacitinib (Apoquel) which works as well if not better than prednisone but doesn't have that steroid's adverse effects.

Additional considerations include cyclosporine (Atopica) which is an immunosuppressive as is prednisone and immunotherapy - allergy vaccine or sublingual therapy. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
thank you - what are your thoughts on Tumeric for inflamation
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

It's certainly antiinflammatory and harmless if you're interested in seeing how it affeects Shadow but please note that there are no scholarly studies concerning its efficacy in atopic dogs.

You're quite welcome. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin