|Barked: Thu Jul 28, '11 8:02pm PST |
|To begin, I'm not going to administer anything without calling the vet and asking first... but I wanted to get a baseline opinion here before I do, so I don't get jerked around.
Mulder has a pretty bad flea allergy. I've kept it in check for most of his life with preventatives (both natural and with chemicals), and for the most part haven't had too much trouble dealing with it.
Not this year. I made the mistake of thinking I could go 100% natural with him... bad idea. Somehow he managed to get a few (literally 1 is all it takes for things to go sour for him), and now he's absolutely miserable.
His entire underside is raw from scratching and he's losing hair.
I still had some Vectra 3D left from last year, so despite my feelings about it I went ahead and put it on him. It did its job, the fleas are dead, but the damage has been done.
I flipped out when I actually turned him over and saw JUST how bad it is. Guys, its awful. I feel terrible. I've put some cortisone on his chest, and bought some kind of natural aloe (Kenic brand) lotion and spray to to put on the other areas where he licks a lot (too afraid to put the cortisone in places he licks). I also had to buy him a doggie t-shirt (goodness gravy) to keep him from ripping his poor chest apart.
I still have some low-dose prednisone left over from his fistulas/not-fistulas debacle, and was wondering if that could help him. I've got at least 30 30mg (maybe 20mg... can't remember off the top of my head), so it'd be enough to start and wean off... if that's even a good idea?
Again, I'm going to see what the vet says, but I'd like to know what you guys think.
Or if you have any other ideas to help. He's awful right now, I can't stand to see him like this.
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