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30 March 2009

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Phyllis DeGioia

Christie, Fred picked up MRSA, and he had terrible life-long allergies to dust mites and fleas. He never had anywhere near the trouble that Kyrie did. Fascinating thought process here that makes sense to me.

Pai

Does Kyrie get annual vaccinations? I've heard of chronic autoimmune diseases being caused in some dogs by overvaccination. There is either an allergy to the adjuvant ingredients or preservatives in the vaccine mixture that ends up constantly getting aggravated by the shots until the immune system finally breaks down.



On another forum I go to, a person with a dog who had chronic itchiness had to twist arms at the vaccine company to finally get them to tell her that there was gelatin in their product -- which she knew her dog was highly allergic to.



The vet didn't even know that, and the company itself was very hesitant to even talk about their 'secret ingredients'.

Christie Keith

No, she hasn't been vaccinated since she was 7 weeks old other than a couple of rabies boosters, three years apart. And she's not getting those anymore, due to her health condition.

Susan

Thursday it will be a year since I lost my bulldog. She suffered from severe allergies and staph infections all her life. At the very end, she had an unshakable UTI. If I knew then the things I've learned since, maybe she'd have had a better quality of life. Not for lack of trying, just looking in the wrong places. Among other things, from sharing in the experiences of people like you, I am learning better health strategies for the new dogs in my family. Thanks.

Colorado Transplant

Did you ever think about interferon to boost the immune system? It has been used for humans and also for my kittycats.



I commend you for being so watchful for new outbreaks.

Original Lori

I have great faith in the Aveeno products. When I was five I had to have surgery on one of my three (yes, three!) ureters and the surgeon told my mom if I didn't want to have UTIs frequently for the rest of my life that I should only ever use Aveeno oatmeal soap. I'm still using it at 32.

EmilyS

wow. There's great info.

Have you tried any of the ideas for building up the immune system itself?

Various "holistic" approaches I've read about include bovine colestrum, astragalus., echinacea and vitamin C.

Charllene

Christie,

I too have been searching for answers to MRSI. My dog contracted it this summer. I believe the fact that she had a severe ulcerated ear infection, prednizone, antibiotics and vacination reaction all lead to this demise. I also think being a therapy dog did not help. Although she did not have any open sores, I think she may have gotten it at a visit with a supressed immune system, and developed a bladder infection.



What I do not hear is whether humans are being tested as well their pets. I have read the humans are becoming reinfected and they find that the pet is colonizing the staph. So why would it not be the other way around? I agree with your comments that antibiotics are not the answer. In fact I think they are the most likely doing more harm than good. I also agree that I believe allergies are a big reason why dogs are getting it. So is food the underlying issue? I do think it is the very likely one of the problems.



I also think that while vets try to find the cause of a condition the dog is suffering, they have contributed to the problem by suppressing the immune system with lots of antibiotics. If they would start immediately by taking a culture, they would alieviate animals being subjected to so many different antibiotics.



I also think that for some animals, the damage to their immune system is done in at an early age by vacinations. My dog suffered two reactions to her vacinations this spring. A very good indication that her immune system was suppressed. She experienced lumps at the injection site. One about the size of half a tennis ball and the other the size of a golf ball. I am looking into limited vacinations as well as looking at dead vacines and individual ones rather then the multiple combinations. I think they are too hard on our pets.



I think our pets are also becoming more sensitive to environmental exposures. Lawn fertilizers and pesticides can also be contributing to the problem as well as household products. They lay on floors and walk on lawns that may be treated causing constant exposure to these chemicals.



I am glad that you and others are persuing answers to this problem. I don't think we are going to find the solution through conventional medicine. And as long as our vets are not willing to explore other solutions, our pets are doomed to a life sentence of suffering.

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