Friday, June 9, 2023

The Results Are In

Todd's allergy test results came last Friday via e-mail .... Drumroll please ..... 

Out of the 80+ things that the Heska test, tests for, Todd is allergic to only two -- Dust-mites and Ragweed..... 

Below are the results - click on the photo to see what the test tests for. 

And there you have it. The Allergist is recommending that Todd continues taking Apoquel. 

So, where does that take us?  

To start, thank you all for sharing your experiences and thoughts about Apoquel -- I could not agree with you more. But I feel like Apoquel has its place and there are dogs that despite its side effects, definitely benefit from its use because it's the one thing that improves their quality of life. Quality of life is what it's all about.

But Apoquel is not an antihistamine, and given that Todd's issue is with his sinus, I think that Todd needs an antihistamine and something a bit stronger than the Zyrtec that he takes daily. When I (again) mentioned to the Allergist my thoughts and concerns about giving Todd Apoquel, I could feel the eye rolls in my questioning the treatment plan and asking for another medication. After a couple of e-mail exchanges, the Allergist suggested more tests or return to the Internist who sent me to them in the first place. 
In the end, it left me feeling discouraged and with no plan or direction. But when I got over feeling defeated, I made one more call to another specialist. I'll tell you about that in my next post. Suffice it to say, I am feeling hopeful. ❤

***On a totally different topic, CONGRATULATIONS to Carol (aka Coppa's Girl) on the newest addition to her family, named Amber. I hope it's all going well as you get to know one another, and she settles into a new life that I know will be filled with nothing but the best days, making the best new memories! ❤❤


  1. Doctors do not like it when we question them, that goes for human or pets docs. sorry about the dustmites, since there is no getting away from those little devils. Hope the new vet can help.

  2. Hello,
    A second opinion will not hurt, they may come up with a better solution for Todd. I am constantly battling the dust in my house, living in a rural area we seem to have a too much dust. I am allergic to everything, even trees. Have a great weekend.

  3. It's kind of tough to stay away from dust mites and ragweed pollen. I hope you can get the right medication for Todd's allergies.

  4. It's good to have some answers for Todd's allergies, but we hope the new doctor gives you a better plan for managing it.

  5. Any consideration for homeopathy? Dr Will has a resource page for homeopaths. Also!directory/map

  6. I think I would try a CDB oil or something natural first
    google alternatives for Apoquel.

  7. I find it sad in the vet world that you cannot have a difference of opinion from your vet or question things without eye rolling. How disrespectful of the vet. I know they have the degree but most of them are taught things at the school that are paid for by big pharma (kibble companies pay the vet students to push kibble, etc).
    When I have a vet like that, I seek someone different. They are out there, they are just far and few between. And it is getting harder with a lot of vets retiring or closing after covid and big companies (who I feel do not care about the pet only the money) buying them up.

  8. I'm so glad you continues looking for answers for Todd and consulted the wholistic vet. Hope the new treatments works!



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