When we adopted Sadie she was only 3 months old. She was the most adorable German Shepherd we had ever seen. We have always had pet insurance on our dogs so I have done a lot of research on the subject (some people say I should sell it). So when we brought Sadie home we insured her immediately. Sadie was fine until she was around 8 months, we noticed that she started scratching all the time. I took her to her vet (Dr. Baird) and we decided to do allergy testing. This wonderful test told us that our cute furry baby was allergic to everything under the sun. Who would have thought she would be allergic to Corn, Wheat, Oats, Peanut Butter, Grass, Weeds, Venison and a whole bunch of other things.
So it begins, 60 days on special food, allergy injections for 10 months and antihistamines. Several months later she is still itching, she is absolutely miserable. We put socks on her back feet so she wouldn’t make her face and ears bleed. I bought Soft Paw nail covers to help (she eventually chewed them off) and we started her on the prednisone. Nothing seemed to help her itching. She now was an 80lb female GSD taking up to 300mg of Atarax and 20 mg of prednisone daily with no sign of the itching going away. Her scratching was so bad at one point we actually contemplated ending her suffering. Instead our vet recommended we take her to see Dr. Matisse a dermatologist and we worked on controlling her itching with meds and food. After no success we were left with fe