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Rudy's dermatology visit in PEI (epic diary entry)

November 7th 2011 7:14 am
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Sorry for the late entry, but it literally took Mom a week to get it all straight in her head, plus she was emotionally and physically exhausted from the trip. We have been back a week, and we are finally starting to get back on track.

We flew on the airplane to Halifax (Mom doesn't recommend flying with dogs unless you can get liquor for the humans to drink before, during and after), then we got the rental car and drove to Charlottetown, PEI (another three hours). It was a long trip with two nervous humans and two nervous dogs. We finally got to the Holiday Inn, and it was a nice place, good sized room, clean, and hooray, we weren't the only dogs there! There were lots of doggies cause Charlottetown was having a dog show that weekend! Mommy said she was glad that we wouldn't be the only ones barking. It was very exciting to be there, lots new to smell and pee on! We slept Thursday night and got up early Friday to go to the Atlantic Veterinary College where Rudy's dermatology appointment was.

The appointment itself was not too bad. The vet dermatologist and two associates were very nice and treated us like gold. They loved me and gave me lots of hugs before they took me in to get sedated. They asked Mommy and Mama a bazillion questions about my environment and food intake. Then Mommy and Mama took Izzy out for a walk and to look around while they did the testing on me. The appointment all in all was about four hours. They sedated me, and did an extensive scratch test with 51 common allergens, and then did a serum test to look for more allergens. They had to shave quite a large spot off my side to do the scratch testing, but they were able to get the results for it on the spot, which was good. The serum and blood tests had to be sent away to a lab in the U.S., so it will take a few weeks for those results.

The results of the environmental tests came back okay, there was an allergic reaction to some weeds and some trees (like pine), but none of the results were obviously bad. The dermatologist told us that means it is mostly food allergies, which makes sense, since I itch year-round and it is getting worse. So now I have to be on an elimination diet to figure out what it is. There are no conclusive tests for food allergies now! The dermatologist said there is a blood test but it is so inconclusive that she doesn't even get it done on her patients anymore!

My symptoms are very like food allergies too. I scratch my ears and scratch, bite and chew spots on my back, as well as lick my paws excessively. The two weeks before the dermatology appointment were pure hell, cause I had to be off the prednisone and I was just miserable. They two days before the appointment I maybe got 2 hours sleep. As soon as we left the dermatologist I was able to start the /2 of a 5 mg prednisone daily (again), but the nice vet also gave me antibiotic for a month as I have a bacterial infection on the skin of my back and paws. She really wants to make sure I get better from it. Since we don't want me to be on prednisone long-term, we are starting a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory called Atopica, which is slow-acting. Eventually we will be able to decrease the prednisone. I also got ear drops for my ears which were infected, and weekly ear wipes. Don't even ask Mama what this cost, but considering the flight, the car rental, the specialist visit, the hotel stay, let's just say I must be worth it!!! BOL.

The treatment at home has now started too. I have to have a bath twice weekly with prescription shampoo which is to help take the inflammation down. I get my ear drops, ear wipes and pills. And I'm on a special food. The vet suspects that I am allergic to multiple types of grain and protein, as Mommy has tried all kinds of food with me. So, I am on a hypoallergenic kibble, called MediCal Vegetarian, which has potato protein in it. It was important to find a food that had a rare (to me) protein (not chicken, beef, liver, lamb or duck). If that kibble does not give me any relief in my itching in the next two months, we will try another food. The vet gave us a list of four. The four foods the dermatologist recommended were Purina HA, IAMS KO, MediCal/Royal Canin Vegetarian , or MediCal/Royal Canin HP. There is also the home-cooking option, but Mommy says she has to do a lot more research into it before she tries it.

The worst part of this is the diet. Mommy and Mama are not allowed to give me any treats of any kind. No table food, no scraps, no treats. Just kibble. So Mommy said she was going to give me a few piece of kibble for treats. The vet said that was okay. I think it's kinda mean on the vet's part, but I know she just wants me to be well.

That's all Mommy can write for now. BUT, there will be more ranting on her part later, I'm sure. If anyone has any allergy/food testing experiences, Mommy would love love love to hear them.

love always, I'm STARVING,

Barked by: Angel Petey- In Loving Memory (Dogster Member)

November 7th 2011 at 8:13 am

wow, that sure was a very stressful trip for all of you, I sure wish that you didn't have to go through all of this, one of my pals named Diesel he is a Bull Terrier, has allergies too and his Mom goes through all of this too, and he is on Atopica and predisone, I will look for his number here on Dogster, and his Mom is on FB too her name is Kelley.
Good luck with everything.
Barked by: ✨ Whitley ✨ (Dogster Member)

November 7th 2011 at 9:19 am

Hope that your itchies will go away. My BFF Finley has allergies, but I don't. I've tried to tell momma I'm lergic to just plain dog food with no ground beefs, but she don't buys it. :(
Barked by: Wendy G

November 7th 2011 at 9:29 am

It r gonna be tuff, Wudy, bud it r gonna be SO worf it!! I jus' kno' it, sweetness ♥
Barked by: Fizzy (Dogster Member)

November 7th 2011 at 2:18 pm

Now Rudy I know all about the no treats thing, and yeah, sometimes it sucks, but Momma always says it's for my own good. We can be "no treat twins"! I sure hope all them bad itchies go away forever!!!!
Barked by: MrJackFreckles~SirLick-a-Lot (Dogster Member)

November 7th 2011 at 5:11 pm

I sure do hope that soon those itchies will be a thing of the (long)forgotten past!
Barked by: HarleyDavidson THD, CGC (Dogster Member)

November 8th 2011 at 6:41 am

Miss Rudy, I just know that you are going to get better with your new food and medicines and I sorry you not gonna get any treats but if it makes the ichies go away it will be worth it.
Barked by: Greta Grace (Dogster Member)

November 8th 2011 at 11:20 am

Oh, Rudy!! I thought my allergies and itchies were bad! :-0 I sure hope you get some relief and find a food that won't irritate you any more. Bless your heart!
Barked by: Hamish McDuff (Dogster Member)

November 8th 2011 at 11:23 am

You have my sympathy and empathy. I have environmental allegies plus some food sensitivities. I had the test and we will starting my shots soon. I'm on a limited diet too. But I can have some treats. We get sweet potato chips. I love them. Maybe you could have them? Good luck and i hope you feel much better real soon!
Barked by: ✨ Finley ✨ (Dogster Member)

November 8th 2011 at 1:29 pm

I gots environmental allergies, allergic to all kinds of oak pollen, weeds, dust, dust mites.. etc, etc.... and I always get worse in the Autumn. So now they are increasing how often I get my shots.

Hope the elimination diet works and you feel better soon.
Barked by: DIESEL (Dogster Member)

November 13th 2011 at 2:09 pm

@Petey I am not on predisione that is why I am Atopica so I don't have to be on predisione.Yes I am allergic to almost everything I have really horrible environmental allergies the worst my vets and dermatologist has ever seen they said. Dust,trees,grasses,black ants,all kinds of things the shots never helped me but my medication does. I still get bumps sometimes but not as bad as before my medication before my medication I always got staph infections.It's a real struggle hope yours get better soon Rudy.




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