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I'm excited & nervous at the same time. Midgie has grown fearful of the vet & starts wimpering in the car on the way there. I'm going in for her first consultation today & I guess they're going to show/teach me how to administer her shots in small doses every other day or something. I'm glad I get to do it so I don't have to drive back & forth to the vet. It's not that far, but it's one town over & takes a lot of time from me getting other things done. I hope she starts getting some relief immediately from scratching all the time. She is so miserable & keeping me up at night just about all night long scratching constantly. It will be nice to get a full night sleep soon. I'll keep everyone updated on how our appointment goes.
 

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**UPDATE** Midgie did well with her 1st allergy shot. The vet kinda scared me to death in being very descriptive in giving the dosages. I have to be careful not to over dose & have two different viles that are colored coded. She said if I can't do it, she'll be happy to administer the shots, but I said I can do it. So far so good. More to come. She'll be getting shots every 3 days for about 1 month.
 

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I gave her the allergy shot this morning myself (2nd shot). I was scared to death. My hubby held her while I administered. She yelped. I hope I can get used to this, but I'm going to have to cause I can't keep running back & forth to the vet. She seemed to do pretty good since the 1st shot which it's been 3 days. She'll be getting a shot every 3 days for about 1 month with an increased dosage of .1 each time.

Thanks for the confidence Flippedstars. Your words echoed through my mind up until shot time.
 

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good job!!! I had to take allergy shots for several yrs.... I feel midgie's pain!!! I hate needles too......
 

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I hope the new shots gives your baby much relief. Please let us know. :) Seeing them scratch and be miserable is heartbreaking.
 

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Please keep us posted. I hope she get some releif (and you too) soon. Allergy shots can be fatal if the wrong dose is given.
 

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Please keep us posted. I hope she get some releif (and you too) soon. Allergy shots can be fatal if the wrong dose is given.
I know. My vet said to give her shot 1st thing in the morning in case something goes wrong than I can get Midgie to her. When she stressed how crucial it was to administer the right dose from the right bottle (I have 2). I scared me to death. So, this morning I double, triple-checked everything to make sure I was doing everything right. This is soooooo scary for me, but she doesn't seem to be itching as much. The vet said the 2nd & 3rd dose might make her itch more to just give Benedryl. I definitely will keep everyone posted so those who are considering this route will know what to expect.
Thank you for your concern.
 

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Just make sure everything is labeled and you'll do just fine. :)
I took allergy shots for 8 years when i was a kid. I hated it lol. I think they helped but this fall has been a allergy nightmare for me for some reason.
Yea, my vet color-coded the two bottles & the schedule.
I was really sick last year with allergies & went to an allergy specialist. I had x-rays done & was told they never saw soo much infection in one's face as I had in mine. They wanted me to take allergy shots but the viles cost $1000. I couldn't do that. I take a steroid nasal spray & Astilen nasal spray & Zirtec & Mucinex as needed.
I don't understand why our allergy shots costs so much & allergy shots for a dog are reasonable. What's the difference besides size? Makes no sense to me. I also take honey harvested locally here & use the Nasal Rinse.
How long did you have to take allergy shots?
 

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I hope the allergy shots really help her. We've had success in the few dogs that the owners opted to do so.
 

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I hope the allergy shots really help her. We've had success in the few dogs that the owners opted to do so.
Thank You! It's really refreshing to hear that & I'd wish more people would post their experiences (good & bad) with the allergy regimens. One thing I didn't know til I had the consultation & Midgie's 1st shot was that some dogs don't do well or take the shots well. I said, "well then what do you do?" She said nothing that they have to just deal with the allergies. I thought oh my, I hope Midgie takes to the shots well & so far so good although it's only her 2nd today.
 

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Yea, my vet color-coded the two bottles & the schedule.
I was really sick last year with allergies & went to an allergy specialist. I had x-rays done & was told they never saw soo much infection in one's face as I had in mine. They wanted me to take allergy shots but the viles cost $1000. I couldn't do that. I take a steroid nasal spray & Astilen nasal spray & Zirtec & Mucinex as needed.
I don't understand why our allergy shots costs so much & allergy shots for a dog are reasonable. What's the difference besides size? Makes no sense to me. I also take honey harvested locally here & use the Nasal Rinse.
How long did you have to take allergy shots?
Yeah that is weird. I went to an allergy doc and got shots for 8 years.
 

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**3rd Shot** My 2nd time administering while hubby holds her. Didn't go well. I started to administer before needle was all the way in & she didn't get full dose. Although it's a small dose of .2, I'm not sure how much she got. In 3 more days she goes up to .4. Guess I'll have to call vet tomorrow & let her know about it, but don't think there's nothing I can do not knowing exactly how much she got! I'm so upset I screwed up, but I won't screw up again. UUUUGGGGHHHH!
 

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***4th Shot*** Is a redo of 3rd shot because stupid me started squeezing needle before I had it in far enough. 4th shot went very well without any discomfort for Midgie.

***5th Shot***Up to .4 of dose went o.k. but Midgie yelped & that killed me. She seems to be doing great, minimal itching & licking.
 

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Good luck I hope she starts feeling better soon :)
Thanks. I think I am seeing some positive results meaning less itching. I never had a problem with fleas til this year since I started taking care of strays that people were dropping off & the last stray was covered with fleas & ticks. I don't see hardly any, but now when Midgie starts itching I've noticed it's 1 flea. I just gave her a bath to see if there's more & there's not. The vet doesn't recommend I use any flea treatment because it's not a big problem for us. She allergic to fleas so I've been rubbing some Skin-So-Soft on her hoping that will deter the fleas.
 

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***6th Shot*** Thanks to wonderful hubby-he's double-checking me to make sure I'm pulling from the right bottle & giving the right dose. He usually holds her while I administer shot, but Midgie is now aware of the routine & was freakin' out while he held her so I couldn't stick her from moving so much. She's up to .6. I held her & hubby administered. She's more comfortable with me holding her, but she yelped pretty loud. Poor thing. She's been getting these shots every 3 days, so I'd say she might be a little sore. I try not to keep sticking in the same area between the shoulders, but there's no way to tell where I stuck her last time. She has about 2 more shots of every 3 days & then she'll start taking them about once a week. She's doing fine with the shots. I'm only having to give her Benedryl for the itching maybe once every 3 days. She never stops itching, but it doesn't seem as much as it was before she started the shots. I just about get sick to my stomach every time it's time for her shot worrying about anaphalaxis. QUESTION: Does anyone know what to do for anaphalaxis should it occur? My first instict is to pump her up with Benedryl & get her to the vet. But I like to be prepared should something like this occur.
 

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***7th shot*** This shot thing isn't going too well. Held Midgie while hubby tried to give dose. The needle exploded everywhere & don't know if or how much Midgie got. Have to wait 3 days for a re-do. Since she only has 2 shots left with this 1st bottle, I'm going to run her to the vet & let them do it as I think there is just enough left. Then she'll move on to the 2nd bottle which contains 200,000 ppm of allergens. I'll take her Friday for the last shot in this bottle. We'll try to give her the shots again ourselves when she starts the 2nd bottle. This is such a pain, but it's more of an inconvenience running back & forth to the vet just for a shot.
 
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