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    Default Please help with my dilemma

    My DS suffers from eczema, pretty much nothing clears it up except steroid creams, which i hate using on him.

    We recently went away for a week and my mum looked after our dog. Mum ended up having our dog for 2 weeks, due to a couple of reasons.

    During this time DS eczema cleared up heaps. We picked up our dog to tonight and ds's eczema flared up really badly, he had massive welts on his legs and was scratching like crazy

    Ds has other known allergies (had pin prick & blood tests) but i had no idea he was so allergic to our dog.

    So dog is 9yrs old, arthritis in his hips (on meds for it) has cancerous growth on leg (have already had it removed twice but keeps coming back). He is really in his twightlight years, but still very spirited and happy. if i had to guess id say he would have another 2 - 3 years left. He is too old & riddled with medical problems to adopt out, but we cant bear to see our little man in so much pain either. Mum cant have our dog permanately either.

    DH thinks it might be time for our dog to go on a "long holiday" :'(

    What do you think you would do?

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    Default Please help with my dilemma

    Wow I'm so sorry you are facing this situation.

    I believe the solution is clear, but in no way easy.

    Hugs!

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    Default Re: Please help with my dilemma

    Oh wow. Such a heart wrenching decision.

    I might be swayed by being a country kid growing up, but I think I'd be in your hubby's camp on this one.

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    Have you tried giving your son a anti histamine like. Zertec my DD get ezcema bad with an unknown cause the steroids dot clear her just lighten it sometimes I too have tried everything I found cocobutter the plamers one that smells chocolatey works wonders and isn't bad for her skin

    If i was in your position it would be and unfortunate but obvious solution but maybe reach out to family and friends see if anyone would want the dog 1st

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    Is the dog an inside dog? Can you make your dog an outside dog? Although I know with your dog's issues, this could be difficult. I'm somewhat allergic to dogs & very allergic to cats, but if I take zyrtec and the animal is not close by (eg. outside) I'm ok. I grew up with dogs without any major problems.

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    I couldn't have my dog put to down unless it was necessary. To me, my pets are part of the family and I couldn't just end their life. Have you spoken to the GP/dermatologist now you know the dog is causing issues?

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    Default Please help with my dilemma

    I know it's hard but your kids always have to come first.

    Before I got rid of the dog I would try a few more stays at your mims to see of it comes and goes.

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    Default Please help with my dilemma

    Where did you go on holiday? Was it somewhere humid? Are you sure it was the Dog? I have dreadful eczema, and living in Canberra, (dry climate), whenever I go up north for a holiday if clears up beautifully. The humidity really helps, so maybe it was your holiday, not the dog, (but then again, I have no idea where you live or where you went!!!). Has your doctor spoken to you about Elidel? It's a non steroid cream which clears up my eczema really well, and it doesn't come back worse like steroid creams make it.

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    Default Please help with my dilemma

    Or can you find another home for your dog - like a family members house / your mothers house ? I wouldn't have an animal put down just because it caused an allergy. There has to be another way

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    Have you had your son allergy tested for dogs? I don't think I could make such a big decision in good conscience unless I had this sort of hard evidence.


 

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