Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is based on the concept that everything is a combination, interaction of opposites: yang (hot, building) and yin (cold, cleansing) many of whcih we control through diet, exercise, thought, etc.

The body is not one structure and function but many that work together to produce greater structure and function, health and longevity. The immune system is not separate from digestion, absorption, blood, elimination, etc. Most autoimmune illnesses (Candida Albicans, Fibromyalgia, Epstein Barr Syndrome, Lupus, Crohn's Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc.) share similar symptoms: abdominal bloating, gas, loose stools, diarrhea, constipation, mucous, phlegm, swelling, edema, etc. They also tend to affect women, more so than men.

1. Lupus: abdominal pain, weight loss, fatigue, skin rash, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation.

2. Crohn's Disease: pain in abdomen, right lower quadrant, appendix, diarrhea, nausea, fever, fatigue and or weight loss.

3. Fibromialgia: chronic, achy muscular pain, dizziness, fatigue, Irritable Bowel syndrome (abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation and or anorexia), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, etc.

4. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: extreme fatigue, aching muscles and joints, headaches, low blood pressure, fever, loss of appetite, upper respiratory infections, nasal congestion, mucous, phlegm, Candidiasis, intestinal problems, depression, anxiety, etc.

Most autoimmune illnesses progress in stages. Stage 1 is indigestion. Stage 2 is poor elimination. Stage 3 is blood deficiency and stage 4, months, years later, is autoimmune illnesses.

Stage One. Indigestion

Digestion transforms and transports food, nutrients into blood. Poor diet, Low protein, low fat and high carbohydrate, especially salads, tropical fruits, juices, etc. tends to weaken, decrease digestion, absorption, blood. Weak digestion transforms and transports less, producing fatigue, pallor, pain, numbness, inflammation, weight loss, sour, musty body odor, etc.

Stage Two. Poor elimination

Weak digestion also tends to cause poor elimination: loose stools, diarrhea and or constipation, as all food, nutrients, non-nutrients, not digested, absorbed become waste, and is sent, moved down into the large intestine, for temporary storage and eventual elimination. All waste products, especially animal protein and fat, are poisonous, toxic (Ama). Daily elimination is necessary; otherwise, re-absorption into the blood and lymph may occur; and in the extreme, autointoxication, weakening of the body, immune system, producing antibodies that attack healthy tissues and other body materials. The large intestine tends to be the breeding ground for autoimmune illnesses.

Stage Three. Blood deficiency

Autoimmune illnesses, in general tend to attack women more than men. Many women tend to eat low protein, low fat and high carbohydrate diets. They also menstruate (prior to menopause) lose blood regularly, three to seven days every month for thirty plus years, from the first menses to the last, menopause. The combination of diet and menstruation tends to cause blood deficiency, weak digestion, absorption, elimination, energy, etc. making women more prone to developing autoimmune illnesses. Autoimmune illnesses are generally cold, deficient (under-built, over-cleansed) in nature.

Stage Four. Autoimmune Illnesses

The body is not one structure and function, but many that work together to produce greater, healthier or worse, disease function. It is similar to dominoes. Autoimmune illness, in general, is the fourth domino. The first three are digestion, elimination and blood. Drugs, surgery and chronic illness may also be a factor, domino.

The hotter middle diet, meal plan is recommended for autoimmune diseases that are caused by cold, damp, under built diets.

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36 thoughts on “Autoimmune Diseases In Dogs

  1. Joel Mtz

    How often do you have to give your dog rabbies vaccines?
    Or is it just a one time thing? My dog got the rabbies shot when he was just a puppy about 2-3 years ago, and I’m not sure if he still needs another one.

    1. Jenny

      The rabies vaccine once given will immunize your dog most likely for life. They do not expire after a year. But because we have laws that make no sense we must vaccinate our dogs every year or every 3 years depending on the state you live in. The fewer vaccinations the better because they overstimulate the immune system and can lead to autoimmune diseases. Currently studies are being done to prove the immunization lasts at least 7 years.

  2. lobitochulo2003

    I have a dog with AIHA and thrombocytopenia. Are Beets good for dogs?
    My pomeranian male dog has been diagnosed with Low Platelet counts, and Anemia. He is now on Cortisone treatments, but I was looking for vegetables that I could give to him to improve his chances of survival. He is an amazingly loveable dog.

    1. Diana

      Autoimmune-mediated hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia are treated by suppressing the immune system. The immune system is attacking the cells and destroying them. So, we need to suppress the immune system. Sometimes we can find out why this has happened -certain drugs can cause it, some dogs can have an “allergic” response to vaccines that make it happen, exposure to toxins, and even ingesting some vegetables like onions can cause anemia.

      Food that he likes and wants to eat is the best thing for your pet. You don’t want to introduce anything new that may GI upset, ulceration, or pancreatitis at this delicate time. I would feed him what you’ve always fed him.

      Many foods are marketed to improve immune functions, but with your dog’s condition, you DON’T want that. That would be detrimental to your pet’s health. Feed a balance and regular diet consisting of dog food and avoid people food. You want a diet that contains protein for iron and amino acids, and carbohydrates and fats for energy.

      The important part of your dog’s survival is following veterinary recommendations, giving medications as prescribed, frequent exams to monitor the disease, and preventative care to avoid common illnesses. I would not go looking to change your dog’s diet.

  3. khrissy

    Is it necessary to vaccinate your dogs yearly?
    I have a co-worker who says that annual “booster” shots are unnecessary. I did some further research and have found that some vaccinations can actually weaken your dogs immune system and if given too much can make your dog sick. Is this true?

    1. A Veterinarian

      Distemper vaccines generally last a good 2-4 years (maybe longer), after a full series of puppyhood vaccines are given.

      We’ve been seeing more parvovirus disease, however, in dogs whose owners wait 3 years after the first year before getting the next booster. The other components of the vaccine probably don’t last that long, either.

      Keep in mind that 3 years for a young dog is equivalent to around 25-35 years for a human. (For older dogs, it’s around 4 per 1.)
      Humans get tetanus boosters every 10 years. Other diseases, we are immune to for life after vaccination. Flu/pneumonia vaccines must be given every year to humans, because of mutated strains. Mutated strains of viruses happen with animal diseases, too.

      Due to having autoimmune syndrome myself (an overactive immune system that attacks my body’s own tissues), I am especially sensitive to whether or not we are possibly over-vaccinating our pets and inadvertently causing more of them to develop immune system disorders. (Due to an OVER-active immune system…..NOT a ‘weakened’ one.)

      For the life-threatening diseases, the best thing to do is to run annual antibody titers for each virus to see what each pet’s level of protection actually is. If it’s higher than a protective level, then the dog doesn’t need a booster that year. If it has fallen below the protective level, he does.

      Three problems with that:
      1. The blood tests are more expensive than just giving the boosters, so that’s what most owners ask us to do.
      2. A dog might have a protective level on the test one year, but it might fall below the critical level sometime BEFORE the next year. That dog is now susceptible to that virus, and will get sick if exposed to it. By giving the boosters every year, that is avoided….since we know they last for a year in most dogs.
      3. Many owners want to get it all over in one visit per year. They don’t want to have to drag their smelly, muddy dog back for a booster vaccine when the test comes back a few days later saying he needs one.

      Rabies vaccination has been shown to provide sustained protection for 3 years. Most states accept that now….but if the state law mandates yearly boosters, they have to have yearly boosters or you’ll face a steep fine. (Only 2-3 states fall into that category now, thankfully.)

      Erica, I’d ask where the criterion for ‘3 years’ comes from. (Except for rabies, which has undergone extensive testing to verify protection that remains durable for that time frame.) But where did “every 3 years” for all of the other vaccines come from? Is it a number that was just arbitrarily plucked out of the air??? Are there studies to support that interval? Vaccines convey immunity for different viruses for different lengths of time, depending upon many factors. Like I said, we’ve been seeing more and more adults whose owners follow that protocol coming in WITH PARVO (in particular.) Rather than just picking a random number (3) out of the air, don’t you think it’s better to TEST your dog to see exactly where he/she stands? And if that can’t be done, to err on the side of caution and give the boosters earlier?

  4. corina

    why did my dog died a week after receiving her anti rabies vaccine shot?
    my dog received her anti rabies vaccine shot and after a week i noticed she has difficulty breathing and has nausea with vomitting. Suddenly she just fell on the floor and died. Why? what went wrong?

    1. APBT Courage at its Best!

      I am sorry for the loss of you BF. After rabies vaccination, your dog may experience fever, malaise or even life-threatening anaphylactic shot. Non-immediate reactions days or even months after vaccination (called “vaccinosis”) include, but are not limited to:

      • Aggression or destructive behavior
      • Separation anxiety
      • Obsessive compulsive behaviors (like chasing tails or licking paws)
      • Seizures and epilepsy
      • Autoimmune diseases
      • Allergies
      • Skin problems
      • Digestive disorders
      • Muscle weakness
      • Pica (eating inappropriate materials)
      • Fibro carcinomas at the injection site (particularly in cats-see below–but also in dogs)

      Strangely few vets warn about these possible adverse effects — or even admit to the possibility even after they occur. If your pet experiences any of these reactions, REPORT THEM TO YOUR VET.

      If your dog is breathing heavy, his face is swelling and eyes watering, and/or he’s throwing up, your dog is having a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. CALL YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY! If possible, start for your vet’s office, or an emergency facility, and call on the way while some else does the driving.

      Important: Make sure your vet records the reaction in detail in your dog’s file and get a copy of the file. Put it in a safe place. When the rabies shot is due again, ask your vet to apply for an exemption.

  5. maya23

    What can I do to make my dog from getting bald spots???
    Recently I notice my dog, Chiquita is getting a lot of bald spots in her body, she is losing most of her hair. She keeps itching and scratching herself a lot. She lost some weight not too much. She eats normal meals. She had puppies about 4 to 5 months ago. The puppies keep bitting her. Her skin is a bit pinkish because of the scrathing. What can I do from making her stop losing hair.

    1. BunnuvaSitch

      She needs to see a veterinarian. There are lots of things that could cause her to lose her hair — parasites, allergies, nutritional problems, or autoimmune disease, to name a few. We here at Yahoo! Answers can neither diagnose nor treat your pet, please seek help from a professional that can.

  6. jelle

    Can you tell me any personal knowledge about Celiac?
    I had a procedure done yesterday because of anemia and blood in stool. Although the biopsy results aren’t in doctor thinks it is suggestive of celiac disease. How restrictive is the diet?

    1. Anama

      Hi, I have celiac. I am surprised that they did not do the celiac bloodwork screening (t-Tg, IgG and IgA) along with the endoscopy. I suppose with anemia and blood in your stool that they would want to do that while you were having the other procedure done.
      Celiac is a GENETIC autoimmune disease/disorder that is triggered by gluten.Gluten is in wheat,barley,rye,triticale, spelt, kamut, etc. and is the sticky protein that holds most commercial food together.
      Celiac is VERY common, one out of every 130 people have it, maybe even more. Add to that people that have non-celiac gluten sensitivity and those with allergies, and that adds up to a lot of people! The food industry is finally taking notice and more and more products are becoming available every day. (As a twist of irony, it turns out one of my dogs has gluten intolerance as well! I diagnosed him long before the vet did, lol! My pup did have an endoscopy and did have bowel changes. Imagine that! )
      How resticted you feel and the level of life change you have really depends on your current eating habits. I personally ate very,very little gluten due to my whole foods, low processed carbs, vegetarian lifestyle, so removing/substituting the few gluten laden foods I did eat was really not that big of a deal.
      The hardest part is keeping yourself safe when your food production is not totally under your control (restaurants,friend’s homes, etc.). Gluten free is measured in parts per MILLION, so you really have to be very careful about eating out, going to parties, etc. It is very easy to be glutened (yes, it is a verb, lol!) by cross contaminated pots,pans, cutting boards,flour puffing into your food,oil that was used for a breaded product being used for your food. You do have to be skeptical about gf menus. Just because a food has no overt gluten ingredents (like fried potatoes) the OIL that the fries are cooked in may have been glutened by the restaurant cooking a gluteny food in it (think chicken fingers). So, I personally stick to whole, unseasoned foods whenever I risk going out to eat (baked potato that I cut open at the table, for example).
      You just have to communicate with your friends about your special needs so they know that if you choose not to eat at their home when you visit, that it is nothing personal, etc. Most people are very understanding, though.
      Good luck, I hope celiac is all it is. Of all the things that you can have (Chron’s, cancer, lupus etc.) this is one of the few autoimmune disorders that is controlable by diet alone. It is not the end of the world, and when you start feeling better, you will be so happy to have it all sorted out. Hope you feel better soon!
      P.S. If your tests do come back positive for celiac, you will need to notify ALL of your first degree family members, meaning parents and siblings and they will need to have the screening bloodwork done.. Your Aunts,Uncles, Grandparents,and cousins will need to be notified as well, since they also can carry the genes associated with this disorder. Please remember this is a GENETIC autoimmune disease and is NOT uncommon at ALL !

  7. Tiffany

    Looking for a Vet in the Nashville, TN area that specializes in autoimmune diseases?
    Does anyone know of a vet in the Nashville, TN area that specializes in autoimmune diseases like Lupus and Pemphigus. we are desperately seeking a specialist for our small dog.
    Please help!!!

  8. rawk_chawk

    What do I need to do to breed my male dog?
    I’m thinking of puting my 2 y.o. male Pembroke Welsh Corgi up for stud. What would be the best way to contact reputable breeders? Also what would be a reasonable stud fee to ask for a dog that is very close to the breed standard with an impressive pedigree?

    1. Loki Wolfchild

      Miriam and GSDOTCh are correct — if your goal is truly to offer your dog at stud to reputable breeders, you will only catch their interest if you show him and prove him worthy of breeding.

      You should also take the time to have his hips certified free of dysplasia via OFA or PennHip, and his eyes cleared of genetic disease by a veterinary opthalmologist. Have you researched his pedigree? Do you know whether monorchidism or autoimmune problems are prevalent in his lines?

      There are certifications reputable breeders will require, and questions they will ask.

      Also, if your dog is, as you say, very close to the breed standard and with that impressive pedigree, you no doubt got him from a reputable breeder. Ask your dog’s breeder to help you in your endeavor.

  9. Miss Amber

    What does is mean if my dog has Auto Immune Disease?
    Her blood count is low and she is bleeding internally. She’s dying. 🙁 What could have caused this? Is she in a lot of pain?

    The vet says they can give her a blood transfusion but will it do any good?

    She’s a golden retriever, 10 years old.

  10. cameo's Mom

    How many dogs have you owned in your lifetime?
    Were they all the same breed, mixed or all different breeds?
    How old is/was your oldest dog?

    1. Dances With Woofs!

      Staffy mix – Mitzi – lived to be 13 ( heart failure) – indoor dog

      Lab Mix – Pepper Kay -lived to be 14 ( cancer and kidney failure) – indoor/outdoor dog

      Beagle/Springer Spaniel/Collie mix – Snoopy – lived to be 14 (stroke) – outdoor dog

      Chow/Collie mix – Dusty – Dusty was a stray who stayed with us for a while and then she disappeared. I don’t remember how old she was,as I was only about 9. -outdoor dog

      Chow/ Labrador retriever mix – Brandy,and her pups,Oblio and Rags – Brandy was poisoned and died at age 3,her pups died from distemper at three months – we did not know to get them spayed and vaccinated back then – I was just a kid. They lived outdoors.

      Chihuahua – Tiny – lived to be 19 ( just died one day) – indoor dog

      Collie/Shepherd – Casey – lived to be 17 ( cancer) -outdoor dog,but brought in after several years
      Casey’s pups,fathered by a Golden retreiver: Accident,she and her pups were all fixed afterwards and we kept 4 pups and found good homes for the other two.
      Her pups:
      Lilac – lived to be 14 – indoor dog ( autoimmune disease and kidney failure)
      Buster – lived to be 9 – (she had liver cancer) – outdoor dog
      Farfel – lived to be 13 – outdoor dog,but brought in when she developed hemolytic anemia and live indoors for the rest of her life.Died of kidney failure
      Snarfel – lived to be 16 ( stroke) – lived with another family for 5 years,then came back to us,lived outdoors,but brought in when she got older.

      Irish Setter/Lab mix – Frittles – lived to be 17 ( cancer) – outdoor dog,she shared a huge pen with Anton and Levi.

      German Shepherd – Anton – lived to be 13 ( spinal myelopathy and bloat) – outdoor dog.

      Beagle-Wheezer – lived to be 17 ( heart failure) – indoor/outdoor -Wheezer was a stray and would not be housebroken,but we would bring him in all the time to visit or when it was cold.

      Beagle -Otis – lived to be 12 ( heart failure) – indoor dog

      Chow/Shepherd/Aussie mix – Jessie – lived to be 16 (liver failure)
      Jessie’s pups,fathered by we think a Rott/Dobe mix ( she was the neighbor’s dog and was pregnant when we got her.): -outdoor dog
      Her Pups:
      Scout – lived to be 13 -indoor dog (cancer and kidney disease)
      Sierra – lost at age 13,never found – outdoor dog
      Nox – lived to be 10,he had kidney cancer -outdoor dog
      Maura – lived to be 14 ( kidney failure) – outdoor dog,but was brought in when her sisters disappeared and we could not let her live outside alone.Also,she was old.
      Cowdog – lost at age 13,never found – outdoor dog
      Conan – lived to be 7,(he had metastatic cancer) – indoor/outdoor dog

      Dachshund/Cocker mix – Levi – still alive at 15 -was outdoor dog as he was hyper and could not be housbroken.Best friend to Anton.Levi has lived indoors for two years now

      German Shepherd mix – Back – lived to be 14 ( liver and kidney failure) – indoor/outdoor,came from Oklahoma with my brother

      Chihuahua – Spike – lived to be 13 ( heart failure) – indoor dog

      Mystery Mutt – Maggie – still alive at 11-1/2 – indoor dog

      German Shepherd – Lulu – still alive at 7 – indoor dog

      So I have had 29 dogs,the oldest was 19. All were strays or rescues except for Mitzi,who was already here when I was born,and Pepper,who was my first “very own” dog and was from a litter of pups that my neighbor’s dog had.I have learned a great deal about dogs through trial and error.For instance,when I was a kid,it was normal for dogs to run loose,have puppies,live outside and not get vaccinated.As time went by,I learned that dogs must be spayed/neutered and not be allowed to roam.Still,we did keep most of the pups our dogs had,and then got them fixed,and despite being allowed to run loose,Pepper,Snoopy and Brandy were never hit by cars and Snoopy and Pepper lived long lives. Of course I would never do that again,a

  11. Jane M

    How long did you wait after your pet died to get another one?
    I recently lost my dog to autoimmune disease. He was only three. Im not at all ready to get another one, but i am just curious as to how long some people wait to get another pet.

    1. ScottieDog

      When we lost our sweet girl dog, we got our current dog about three months later. After my senior male dog passed last year, we talked to his breeder and got on her puppy list. The puppy came home a few weeks after the one year anniversary of his passing. My times were different due to circumstances. When we lost the female, our senior male was lonely and nearly deaf. He missed his dog companionship. When he passed I just couldn’t get another dog right away. He was such a huge part of our lives for over 14 years. Waiting for the puppy allowed us to heal and then have some happy anticipation of this new little guy. It also allowed the dog we got when our first dog passed to have time being queen of the house.

      I am sorry for your loss. Take your time to grieve. You will know when the time is right for you.

  12. Debbie

    Is there any link between a dog castration and getting thrombocytopenia ?
    My dog was castrated on monday and now has thrombocytopenia with a platelets count of 30, please help

    1. Horse Lover

      Thrombocytopenia can occur because of four processes:

      Decreased production of platelets by the bone marrow
      Increased use of platelets through blood clotting
      Destruction of platelets by the immune system
      Removal of platelets from the general circulation (sequestration)
      Diseases associated with these four processes are shown in Table 1.

      Decreased Production Increased use Destruction Sequestration
      Estrogen medications
      Certain other medications such as chloramphenical
      Chemotherapy or radiation therapy
      Bone marrow diseases, eg., aplastic anemia, some leukemias
      Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC)
      Endotoxic shock
      Hemangiosarcoma (a cancer)
      Primary immune-mediated (autoimmune) thrombocytopenia
      Other autoimmune diseases such as lupus
      Infections such as ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, and heartworm
      Certain medications such as sulfas or possibly vaccines
      Certain toxins
      Splenic torsion
      Splenomegaly (enlarged spleen)

  13. Moondog

    Do you vaccinate your dog every year or titer test?
    I haven’t vaccinated my dogs for 4 years and titers show they have strong immunity.

    1. Desoto

      There is Absolutely NO recent veterinary research that supports yearly vaccination. Vets who push for yearly vaccination are money grabbers, or just sorely misinformed. All puppies need their initial shots obviously and boosters only when needed. There is a debate over wether titre testing really works, it only tests half of the cells so some vets question if it is fully effective. However overvacination is proven to be deadly at worst and unnecessary at best.
      ADD: Complications from over vaccination include:
      -Allergic reactions
      – Anemia
      -Autoimmune diseases
      – Behavioural changes
      – Ear and skin infections and problems
      – Fever, stiffness and soreness
      – Injection site tumors
      – Liver Failure
      – Seizures
      -Suceptability to infections

      I got my border collie and a collie almost 15 years ago less than a year apart. My border collie has had very minimal vaccination (only when absolutely needed) and is still alive and doing very well. My collie was a rescue and in his previous home had been over vaccinated as a pup, and overdosed on ivermectin medication by a moronic owner and even more clueless vet. He was left with severe health issues for the rest of his life. (cost me probably $10000 in vet bills in meds.)

      The moral of the story? Absolutely find a vet you love and trust but never take anyone’s word as Gospel, that includes your vet. Do your own research. Not every vet can know everything, even if they try. Its up to you to be informed about your dogs health. For me that includes minimal vaccination

  14. Brownetown

    How much will it cost to treat my dog for Addison’s disease after the initial vet visit?
    My dog was just diagnosed as having Addison’s disease. I know she will have to take pills or get shots for the rest of her life. I am just curious if anyone has the same problem with their dog, and what it ended up costing them a month. I have read some wildly different prices online. I need to know what to budget every month for the drugs. Thanks!
    I was asking people who have had the same health issue with their dog or are directly familiar with the disorder to answer. It is useless to tell me that things are more expensive in New York than rural Idaho or that my vet can tell me. I am going to a new vet that I do not know well yet. I want answers from people that know what they are talking about please. I also have heard people were able to cut out the vet middleman and save some money on the pharmacy visits. Thank you for trying to help, but please don’t try if you don’t have a specific answer.

  15. W

    How often should my dog get vaccinated?
    The front desk lady at my local animal shelter said they should be vaccinated once a year. DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo), Injectable Bordetella and Lyme Vaccination.
    Would it be necessary for her to get the Lyme Vaccination considering she’s on FrontLine every month? The shots cost $20 per. So I’m wondering if I should skip the Lyme Vaccination since she’s on FrontLine. How often do you vaccinate your dog?

    1. Jenny

      Any vet that requires vaccinations every year is either uneducated or just doing it for the money. And it’s actually bad for them. Over vaccination has been linked with cancer, thyroid problems, and autoimmune diseases. At the most it should be done every three years. But some feel the vaccines could last 5-7 years or maybe even lifetime. I ended up leaving my first vet because they lied to me about vaccinations. They wouldn’t accept the vaccinations my puppy received from her breeder and said she would have to be revaccinated all over again. I went ahead and did it because the said there was no harm in it. They also did yearly vaccinations. By the time she was two I finally did some research on vaccinations and found out how bad it was and I found a new vet. My new vet only vaccinates every 3 years and only for the most important ones. They don’t even carry the lyme vaccine. They told me that it’s not really very effective. This all makes sense to me because even humans don’t get yearly vaccinations.

  16. wil5on

    Do my dogs really need to be vaccinated every year?
    I feel like every time I take my dogs to the vet, even for a nail trim, they’re telling me I need to give them more shots. Is it necessary to keep them on an annual schedule? My dogs live inside, are never boarded, and are leashed on walks. I feel like this is becoming a racket and would love some other opinions. I am also open to vaccinating them myself.

    1. Desoto

      There is Absolutely NO recent veterinary research that supports yearly vaccination. Vets who push for yearly vaccination are money grabbers, or just sorely misinformed. All puppies need their initial shots obviously and boosters only when needed. There is a debate over wether titre testing really works, it only tests half of the cells so some vets question if it is fully effective. However overvacination is proven to be deadly at worst and unnecessary at best.
      ADD: Complications from over vaccination include:
      -Allergic reactions
      – Anemia
      -Autoimmune diseases
      – Behavioural changes
      – Ear and skin infections and problems
      – Fever, stiffness and soreness
      – Injection site tumors
      – Liver Failure
      – Seizures
      -Suceptability to infections

      I got my border collie and a collie almost 15 years ago less than a year apart. My border collie has had very minimal vaccination (only when absolutely needed) and is still alive and doing very well. My collie was a rescue and in his previous home had been over vaccinated as a pup, and overdosed on ivermectin medication by a moronic owner and even more clueless vet. He was left with severe health issues for the rest of his life. (cost me probably $10000 in vet bills in meds.)

      The moral of the story? Absolutely find a vet you love and trust but never take anyone’s word as Gospel, that includes your vet. Do your own research. Not every vet can know everything, even if they try. Its up to you to be informed about your dogs health. For me that includes minimal vaccination

  17. Tiffany

    Looking for a vet in Nashville area that specialized in autoimmune diseases.?
    Does anyone know of any vets in the Nashville area that specialize in autoimmune diseases like lupus and Pemphigus. We are in desperate need of finding someone to help my little dog .

  18. KS

    Can 20mg of Prednisone a day injure or kill my 56lb dog?
    She keeps losing control of her bladder and panting heavily. She has never lost control ever and now she is. Should I stop the prednisone that her Vet prescribed? Is the Vet to blame for this?

  19. Nancy

    I need information on cats on Atopica or cats with Stomititis?
    My one year old cat has an autoimmune disease where her teeth and gums are rejecting each other. It is called Stomititis. She is on Atopica 25 mg day. Very hard to get her to take the gel pill as it is made for dogs. Any info on this drug or this disease would be helpful. She is on a try with a second antibiotic now, the first did not work. She also had a course of steroid shots which didn’t work either.

    1. Elaine M

      It’s Stomatitis, a search will get you some good info, especially on the Marvista vet site. It’s very very closely related to feline bartonella (which is caused by infected fleas and comes out when the cat’s immune system gets too low). The upside is that the febart is treatable with antibiotics, the stomatitis is usually solved only after the cat’s teeth are pulled. Have your vet do the blood test to check if it’s feline bartonella, it’s possible that your cat has that instead.

      Our vet was part of a study on cats with severe mouth issues, the bartonella was the cause 3/4ths of the time, not stomatitis.

      If you go over to yahoogroups and sign on with one of the FIV cat lists, the people there can give you all sorts of info, since stoma is part of the FIV disease problems.

  20. jenricardo

    How common is it for a high IgE antibody in blood to be a cancer with all other blood work normal?
    I have been having itcing, fatigue etc. I have been checked for food allergies as well as autoimmune disease and all have proved negative. Also I don’t have environmental allergies except low level allergies for Timothy grass, dogs, and cats and don’t have animals. What is making me sick? I am worried it is cancer?
    What is Eosphillic activity? Do you work in the medical field?

    1. That'll Do

      I don’t think your elevated IgE has anything to do with malignancy or cancer. IgE is a reflection of allergic response or eosinophilic activity.

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