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.
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.
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.