I’m a disabled college student. I adopted my dog Biscuit from North Shore Animal League about 4 years ago. She’s been suffering from allergies for the last 3 years and I’m having trouble affording her medicine. The medication is $86 a month for the rest of her life and can have some nasty side effects. It’s also not totally effective. Ideally, I’d like to have an intradermal allergy test done, however this costs around $2,000. It is about 80% effective in helping find what’s causing her the most issues. Once the results from the test are received, a serum is created to help build her immune system to that specific allergen. She will receive injections regularly for the first few months, and then only once a year, similar to a vaccination. One injection a year is far more affordable than $86 a month, it has less side effects, and has a higher success rate of controlling allergies long term.
Without this test, my dog scratched her face, eyes, and ears until they bleed. Even then, she cries and keeps on scratching. Her skin turns black and every time she scratches herself, small cuts are created in the skin. When she licks those itchy areas, the small cuts become infected. When left untreated by expensive antibiotics, her skin turns black. She has red and black spots on her that have never healed, and areas where her fur will never grow back.
Currently, she wears a cone 24/7. With this cone on, she can’t play with toys or other dogs. She has trouble jumping on beds or couches and people scream at her a lot if she bumps into them with the cone on.I will admit it is quite painful, but she’s unaware she’s that close behind us. She’s a very energetic and happy dog, but with the cone on she’s depressed and can no longer do any of the things that make her happy. Seeing such a young and sweet dog suffer day after day for the last four years has really taken a tole on the household and brought everyone’s spirits down.
With this allergy test, she’ll be able to live a happy and healthy life again. But, that won’t be possible without your help.
Anything you can give helps her become one step closer to smiling again.