One of my mixes, Sierra, that was rescued off the streets at 6 months old had horrible allergies soon after I got her. She literally pulled all of her fur out and had bloody sores from head to toe. We tried all the meds, etc and nothing helped. When we did the allergy test it came back that she was allergic to everything, chicken, corn, wheat, rice, etc. The only thing she wasnt allergic too was deer
: She was on a cortizone shot every other day and allergy shots 3 times a day. I didnt know what to do at this point. My vet said that it was time to put her down. Well I was working at PetsMart at the time and met a wonderful person who told me all about how vaccines and diet play such an important role in a animals health. I listened to her, didnt believe her b/c the "gov't would never poison an animal" but I finally figured what the %^&* and stopped vaxing her, stopped giving her monthly flea/heartworm treatments, and changed to a raw food diet. She was growing hair within 2 weeks, completely healed by 2 months and now 4 years later, no relapses. So IMO, DO NOT VACCINATE YOUR DOG!!!
Also another story that was happening at the same time was another of my mixes, Bailey, was suffering horrible problems. I got her from the local pound when she was 12 weeks old. I adopted her with sarcoptic mange, severe UTI and respitory problems. Got that fixed up and soon after she started to limp in her front legs. She was diagnosed with pano at 4 months old. Pano is a bone problem also called "growing pains" that moves around from limb to limb and the dog usually outgrows it within a few years. Being dx at 4 months old is VERY early. So we were treating her with Rimadyl and shortly after that I noticed her joints were swelling to as big as softballs. So another trip to the vet and turns out she has Auto-immune joint disease which is an auto-immune response that attacks her joints. We had to have joint taps (big long needles inserted into the joint) weekly. These are very painful and left her unable to walk for many days. Her outcome: put her down at 8 months old or keep her in a crate 24 hours a day until she is 3 y/o. All of Bailey's problems were happening at the same time as Sierra's was so I was faced with putting down 2 dogs at once.
Thank goodness my friend came into my life b/c she saved both of their lives. I started Bailey on the no vax, no flea/heartworm, and raw food diet at the same time as Sierra and she was 100% back to normal a few short months later. 4 years later, no relapses and you never would have known what was once wrong with her or that they both were knocking on death's door.
If I were you, I would stop all vax, all flea/tick/heartworm treatments and get on a good diet for the time being. A good diet would be California Natural, Canidae, Innova, Wellness, a home-made diet or a raw food diet. A good diet is the #1 thing when considering the dog's health...
I would research the flea/tick/heartworm treatments. Most last a lot longer then a month. I treat my dogs with flea treatment once in the spring and that lasts them all year. Also garlic is good to give your dogs to keep fleas, ticks, and mosquetos (sp?) off.