September 20, 2012 Subscribe

Allergy Drops and Getting Back in the Ring

Editor Susan Chaney interviews the chief author of a recent study that’s shown the effectiveness of using oral drops to improve reactions in dogs with skin allergies. Administered under the tongue twice daily to start, the drops have been successfully used on some dogs that do not respond to allergy shots. Learn about this alternative treatment that may now be prescribed by your local veterinarian.

After a four-month hiatus, Kayla Bertagnolli finally put down her camera and got back into the ring to show dogs again. At her favorite local shows, our DFR Blogger discovered that showing dogs is a lot like riding a bike: You never really forget how to do it. When it comes to Kayla and showing dogs, absence definitely makes the heart grow fonder.

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Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief

Back in the Ring and It Feels so Good
By Kayla Bertagnolli

As many of you may know, I was at local shows this past weekend in Farmington, Utah, with a four-day cluster of specialty and all-breed shows I wrote about last week. The shows were beautiful, well-organized, and the club members were as nice as ever. I was a bit under the weather, but knew that I couldn’t miss out on my favorite local show of the year. So, for the first two days, I took it easy with some picture taking. Then, during the two all-breed days, I was not only taking photos, I was showing as well. more

Allergy Drops Are Easier to Administer and Work Better in Some Dogs
By Susan Chaney

Dog owners who take their dogs into the veterinary clinic for an anti-allergy shot every other week may not know that there is another option – drops that are placed under the dog’s tongue. 

A recent study of 217 dogs with skin allergies to mold, house dust and pollen has shown that the drops, placed under the dogs’ tongues twice daily, improved reactions to allergens “significantly” in 60 percent of the dogs, according to Douglas DeBoer, D.V.M, a diplomate of the ACVD and dermatology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. more

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