The Dog Dermatologist

So Pearl went to the veterinary dermatologist yesterday and there is a lot to report. Pearl is usually fine when we go to our normal vet, but she was NOT happy to be this new, strange place and she ran to every window and door in the room as if looking for a way out.

Help, let me out!

The vet told us that her symptoms do seem consistent with an allergy, but we still have no idea what the allergy could be. She has a yeast infection in her ears and in her feet, so she has ear drops and an anti-fungal medication for that. She has a staph infection in the sores on her back so she is on an antibiotic for that. She is still on prednisone and an antihistamine for her itchies. And she now needs to take her heartguard as a liquid since the regular version has beef and some other potential allergens in it. My husband joked that we need to get her a pill organizer with the days of the week to keep all of her medications straight.

Pearl's meds

The vet said we will start addressing the allergy issues by putting her on a hypoallergenic diet. We are to call him in three weeks unless there is a problem from some of the medications, and he warned us we might not see a change for up to ten weeks, at which point if there is no improvement we might start thinking it is an environmental allergy and that requires a whole new approach. I am so sad we will not be able to give Pearl her favorite treats like cheese and peanut butter. The food the vet recommended is Royal Canin rabbit and potato formula. I am not sure how I feel about this, as when I was researching dog foods after Pearl’s digestive issues first surfaced months ago I did not hear great things, although it does seem to be better than science diet. On the plus side, Pearl seems to love it, which is especially good since we are using pieces of kibble for training treats at the moment. Have any of you had any experiences with Royal Canin? It’s certainly expensive enough and I figure I should listen to the vet’s recommendations since he is the allergy specialist. Plus, this is not permanent, it is temporary while we figure out the source of Pearl’s allergies. The cost of all of this vet care is adding to my anxiety over the whole experience, but I will say that the vet was very thorough, explained everything he was doing to us and went over his plan for Pearl, the reasoning behind it, and the estimated cost of each potential course of action. Although I have some misgivings, I am excited about starting to do something to make Pearl feel better.

Can we go home yet?

 

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About Pearl the Puppy

Pearl is just over 40 lbs of energy mixed with a pinch of crazy. We adopted her in March 2011 from a St. Louis rescue organization called Impact for Animals (now Pet Rescue Network). We are unsure about her age, but we are guessing she was born in Fall 2010. Her background is anybody's guess, but we are pretty sure that she has at least some sighthound in her. She's a whole lot of trouble but a whole lot of fun.

5 thoughts on “The Dog Dermatologist

  1. Oh my… so many medications!!

    I hope they work… Elli’s experiences with antibiotics haven’t been pleasant, so I can only discredit them lol. My best advice is to put her on a probiotic, as well, to foster the good bacteria in her gut that the antibiotics will kill without it.

  2. Hope it all works.

    An ordinary (live/probiotic) yoghurt should do the trick whilst she’s on the antibiotics. Mind you I would only do this if she has an upset stomach from the antibiotics and I’d check with your vet first, just in case the yoghurt could cause an allergic reaction.

  3. Dermatologists are the bomb! I recently went to one with a foster puppy, and I was so impressed that he was able to get to the bottom of our problems instead of fluff and blah from other vets. I certainly think it’s worth your while to follow his recommendations… At worst, it will be a waste of money. At best, you may be able to alleviate Pearl’s allergies and reach a diagnosis for future management.

  4. I hate the vets and I really sympathise. I am always trying to head for the door, or the window,…any way out, really.

    But they do make you feel better – most of the time – and it sounds like Pearl’s on the right path now.

    Good luck,

    Love and licks, Winnie

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