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,
September 30th 2011 9:09 am
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Izzy pees on my head at least once a month when she gets over-excited on our walk, and jumps on top of me on a mound of grass and squats right over me. She usually gets me right in the beaner. It's humiliating. The little pipsqueak just won't learn though!
Well, last night Mommy walked us and I was peeing on a really good spot. It was prime real estate, I tell you. Do you know that fool Izzy stuck her nose right under my "little area"!? So she got peed on. Right on the snout. I am not evil like her, so I didn't *mean* to pee on her, but still I am vindicated. Maybe that will stop the peebag...
p.s. Mommy can barely stop laughing to get out the baby wipes to clean us off when this happens!
September 3rd 2011 7:05 pm
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OMD, it's been forever since I've written! Mommy says she was busy with camping in the mutt hut, and trying to do this stoopid thing call school work, and trying not to go insane from thesis writing. What-EV. She has been super slack on my diary typing. I have lots to say Mommy, you know that from the roo-roo-rooing I do out the window every day!
Here is the break down of the past month or so.
We have gone in the mutt hut (5th wheel trailer) lots. It is pawsome. We get to go to Terra Nova National Park, Pippy Park, and other nice foresty places in Newfoundland, where we get to see, smell and bark at lots of critters like squirrels, bunnies, mice, shrews, etc. We even saw a silver fox and a moose!
Izzy is still a peebag. She peed on my head AGAIN when we went on a walk. I just don't know what to do with her! I usually just shake it off while Mommy laughs at me, and then I get a wipe down with one of those good wipes Mommy gets at the Pet store.
Yesterday we got groomed. We even got a Pawgress report from the groomer. The nice lady there said I was a pleasure to groom and that I had the nicest colour fur she had ever seen on a schnauzer. And she said I had the prettiest eyelashes she had ever seen! :) Mama treated us to the "top dog" spa special, so we got upgraded shampoo, conditioner, breath spray, teeth brushed and all sorts of other stuff. Of course me and Izz promptly came home and rolled in the grass to get all that smelly stuff off us!
Today I ate a grasshopper. It was hopping around, so I pounced a few times until I got 'em. He was kinda crunchy. I don't see how it's a gourmet delicacy though.
That's about it!
love you all,
July 16th 2011 8:05 am
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Mama is taking me to P.E.I. to see the vet dermatologist! Right now we are playing this up as a FUN and EXCITING adventure, even though when I get there, I have to have a 3 hour vet appointment (they are kinda glossing over that point, I feel). This is a big deal, because there are very few vet dermatologists in Canada so we have to go on an airplane in October to see the one at the vet college in PEI. Mama and Mommy are really hoping that the vet can figure out my allergies so we can do something about them! Right now I've got really sparse hair on my side because of my scratching, and I am on 5 mgs of prednisone a day, plus omega 3 fatty acids in my food, and no human foods.
I wonder will the plane be scary? Last time I was on one I was only 8 weeks old, so I don't remember it. Maybe nice Dr. Marshall can give me some gravol so I don't urka-gurka all over da plane.
Mommy is sad cause she can't go with Mama and me to PEI. It would be too expensive for her to go and besides, if she went then we would have to bring Izzy, cause Izzy might be confused and scared if we all left. And two dogs on a plane is a lot of stress and work. So Mommy will stay home with Izzy. Although Mommy is worried about that too, as me and Izzy have never spent a night apart, and she wonders how Izzy will be with that. Sigh, lots of decisions to make, cause of my stoopid allergies.
When we get closer to the date, we will contact the breeder where Mommy and Mama got me and Izzy, as they live in PEI, and hopefully Mama can take me over for a visit so I can meet my furdad and furmom! That is one bonus, at least, for this trip!
July 12th 2011 7:36 am
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Mommy and Mama just love to go in the mutt hut (trailer) to Terra Nova National Park. It's about 3 hours away from us by vehicle, which was never a problem until this year. On two different occasions now, though, I have gotten car sick! And not just a little urka-gurka (TM). A big, Imma-throw-up-everything-I-ate-in-the-past-few-days-urka-gur ka. Mommy sits in the front passenger seat of the truck while Mama drives, and me and the Izz sit in the back seat. There is loads of room, we got our blanket, and our seat protector (thank DOG, Mommy says). Anyway, Mommy looks back to check on us every few minutes, and lots of time we just sleep, or Izzy looks out the window and I just sit there. Well, Mommy looked back and told Mama that I didn't look so good. The words weren't out of her mouth and I spewed. Geyser-like. Izzy barely even noticed. Sheesh. (By the way, even though I don't love driving, and am not that excited to go into the vehicle, only lately have I gotten car sick.) Mommy thinks it's strange since I never did it before.
Mommy was real nice, and we stopped at the nearest stop so she could clean it (and me) up. Then I urka-gurka'd again in the grass and in the parking lot of the rest stop. Mommy felt real bad for me then, and let me sit in the front seat on her lap, with the air conditioning on bust, so I could cool down. She also gave me a drink of water, and that all seemed to help. I never barfed after that, and Mommy was glad, because cleaning up puke is one thing, but cleaning up being puked "on" is a completely different thing.
Mommy says next time we go out with the trailer, she's calling the vet first - maybe there is some sort of motion sickness remedy she could give me?!
June 21st 2011 6:50 pm
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Well, I had a 'barrassing accident today. I did my poopy on the carpet. I had some urgent moments yesterday, and Mommy suspected I was getting sick, and sure enough, I got her up at 2 and 4 a.m. to let me outside to do my business. So when I got up again at 7 a.m., she let me out again, and I didn't do anything. But then her and Mama went to do an errand, and when they came back there was a mess on the floor. I was 'shamed. Mommy din't make me feel bad at all, in fact, she was real nice about it, considering it was white carpet. She said I couldn't help it, and she knew that I had colitis again, cause I have only had an accident in the house twice before, and both times was cause I couldn't hold in the dire-rears. :(
So Mommy called Mama at work, and then called the vet, and we went over this afternoon. Yup, I gots the colitis, which is a fancy word for inflamed lower intestine/bowel, with lots of dire-rears. I get only a little bit of food, with my antibiotic, and plain rice till I start to feel better. I had a good check-up all over then, and Dr. Beth gave me compliments as usual. Other than her doing something REALLY rude to my backside (she said she had to to make sure!), it was okay. I am home now and getting lots of love and pampering from both Mommy and Mama.
The vet did mention something about since my stomach was SO sensitive that there should be no more "dietary indiscretions". That means no human food at ALL! This is going to be tough for all of us, but it is for my own good. Le sigh.
Anyhoo, I'm okay, not dehydrated or anything, just got the poops. I will write again soon and let you know how I am.
May 30th 2011 6:26 pm
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We have had some exciting past few days. First of all, we are getting new siding on the house, so we have had to go to Nanny's in the day. All that banging, knocking, scraping, and more banging is very unnerving for us and Mommy, so the bodka-dwip (TM) has been on high gear for Mommy. Mama goes to work so she doesn't hear all the demolition sounds!
Secondly, we had the nicest day of the year (so far) yesterday! It was 21 degrees C, sunny, and just wonderful. We had a great walk, and it was so neat, we saw a DEAD MOUSE on the side of the road!!! Mommy was no fun at all though, and didn't let us sniff it. :( She just doesn't know the value of a good sniff. Not only that part was exciting though. OMD, Izzy peed on my head. AGAIN! She insists on leaving pee-mail where I go, and she gets so excited, that sometimes she jumps on top of me (or on a little slope of a lawn) and PEES right on me! How Rude! Mommy laughed and said she was gross, and then had to wipe me off with a tissue, cause I was literally dripping!!!
Thirdly, my allergies are bad again. I have sore ears, itchy skin, and parts of it are inflamed, including my pwivacy-pweese (TM) lady-bit areas. So, I am on antibiotics, and the vet and the mommies are thinking seriously about getting me allergy testing, so we can find out what it is. We are thinking I am allergic to grass! OMD, what a pain that would be!! If you have been following my diary, you know I have had a lot of allergy issues, and we have been narrowing down as lot, but still are not sure what it is.
If we get this allergy testing, we would go to Guelph to the Veterinary University there, where there is a vet dermatologist! Zaidie has been there and he says they are nice. We would all go, because both Mommy and Mama would want to go, and we couldn't leave Izzy, even if she is a PEE-BAG. If we go, we are going to visit Zaidie!!! OMD, that would be so pawsome!!!!!!!
May 25th 2011 7:09 am
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I am five years old today! Happy Barkday to me! I woke up real early with Mama, and she gave me a special breakfast of my regular kibble with some "Blue" brand turkey casserole wet food on top! It was delicious! Izzy got some too on account of that "share and share alike rule" we gots going on in the house. Phooey on that. :) But I got seconds! Tonight we are going to Nanny and Poppy's for a bbq, and I've got high hopes that Poppy will accidentally drop something. Hee hee. So far I am having a very relaxing birthday, but later we are going to go on a nice walk on the trails, cause it is beautiful and warm and sunny here!
Thank you all for the rosettes. You are all such great pals.
April 12th 2011 7:37 am
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We have somethin' serious to discuss here, pups. I have gained weight! My trim figure is not as trim! I have been on a low-dose of prednisone (between 1/2 and 1/4 pill every day for a few months, because my skin was freaking out so much. Now Mommy says I am too big, and we have got to wean the prednisone down. I don't want itchy skin, but I don't want to be heavy either! Now before anyone gets any ideas, I'm not going to be on "Biggest Loser" or anything. I am 19.2 lbs, so I should lose 2 lbs. to be my regular weight. What to do, what to do? Mommy is walking me more now that the WINTER FROM H-E-double hockey sticks is over, but that's not enough, she says. She says she is going to enroll me in flyball or agility again! I hated agility, so hopefully it will be flyball.
Also, no more treats! Only low-cal/low-fat treats. And NO chicken! Or cheese!
Mommy's plump, why can't I be?!
March 13th 2011 1:48 pm
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Today is Sunday, and it was the second sunny day in a ROW! That might not be a big deal to some pups, but we have had a very grey and yucky winter, and sunny days have been far and few between!!!
Anyhoo, I digress. It were a beautiful day and both days we got big huge walks - yesterday in the park, and today in the neighbourhood. The snow is melting nicely and there is much more room to go walking. Mommy is very pleased about that. So today we took our walk up the street, and down some side streets, to look at the sights, bark the bark, walk the walk. It was PAWSOME. We were being great little pups, trainin' for our speed-walking and sled-pulling combination trial (Mommy needs exercise anyway, BOL!), when I stopped to pee on a pole. Izzy, the little rascal extraordinaire, hopped over me to get a higher position on the grass, and peed too. ON MY HEAD. Mommy was laughing hysterically, and there was pee everywhere, and I had to shake it off once I realized what that little rascal did. Honestly, Izzy, you are almost three, going on three months! NOD GUD.
When Mommy stopped laughing, we went home and had a leg bath to get all the salt and sand off our legs, and Mommy made sure to give my head a good wash too. That Izzy (shakes head).
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