August 28th 2012 6:32 am
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Sunday was my birthday and it was super fun! Yesterday was not so fun... Mom brought me to the vet!! OMD! I didn't like it at all...
I decided to have Zeppelin checked by the vet because he has been acting odd over the last month. His symptoms were a bit of a mixed bag. It wasn't his usual allergy symptoms and I wasn't confident that it could be attributed simply to anxiety. He has been chewing his feet, licking his bum, whining a lot, sleeping A LOT, has a reduced appetite, has lost interest in playing, sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night and pants very very fast, excessive shedding, erracticaly runs to a corner and drops to the floor and has several sores that look like pimples.
So, after xrays and a full blood panel chemical profile, here is what we found:
He has a compressed spine in three places. :( This is very painful to him, particularly if you press on the areas, and explains most of his behaviour (decreased appetite, whining, increased sleep, waking up in the night and panting). The xrays didn't show any tumors or lumps, which is good. The blood panel was very good, nothing out of the ordinary, which is more good news. We have a prescription for a muscle relaxant (Methocarbamol) which should help the pain in his spine. For now, he needs to rest and we're back to the vet in two weeks to check him again.
Our vet believes that he is also having an allergy attack, although we don't know to what. That would explain the itchiness and chewing of the paws. It can also explain the sores. The vet said they were "hair follicle cysts". We have a prescription to help ease the reactions (Vanectyl P) and a cleaner and spray (Dermacool) to use on his paws. There is inflamation between his toes due to his constant chewing and licking.
My plan of attack to help his allergies: diet change (eliminate anything added in the last month, I keep a journal of his meals since he is on a prey model raw diet, so I know what to remove), wash all floors (woopee!) and bedding was just washed. I'm hoping that this, combined with the meds, will help him get back to normal.:)
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BUT... sounds as if you are on a good course. You are doing all you can and it sounds as if a few days will see better comfort.
Thinking of you and keep us posted please !
Flicka ∆,,∆ & Lucas /..| Cleo (I.M.) ∆,,∆ & Pam X
I hope you get back to normal soon, Zeppelin.