Bonita of Bwana
Posted : 5/19/2008 12:47:28 PM
wow I know how frustrating this is for you !! The vet visit is essential. While there please don't allow the vet to "skimp" some do , especially on weekend visits. request Labs be done, have his thyroid checked, his teeth and gums, the vet won't be able , ( I am guessing) to check his eyes totally BUT make sure he/she does do the best check up on the eyes as possible. If there are skin sores anticipate antibiotics to encourage the healing, but at the same time ask the vet if they think a skin scraping should be done?? Some alergies are just that , others turn out to be skin fungi or infection. Make sure you know exactly what the dog is eating right down to his treats. I often bring the cut out from a package so I have the list of ingred in front of us. Steroids are the knee jerk treatment for allergies, but that does not cure them or even really id them. So if your budget allows ask your vet how to structure an allergy test. Some are as simple as taking the dog off of everything he normally eats and feeding him a totally bland diet , then slowly reintroducing foods.
Make a list and if need be check with your landscaping folks if you live in an apartment or condo etc. They may have treated the common areas with a fertilizer or herbicide and you don't know, even bug treatments can be legally used without notifying you but your tiny guy could be walking through a toxic time bomb.
wrapping his legs was a good thing to do and if you need to stick a hat on the little guy.... I know you are thinkning WHATTTTT???? I have a 9 yr old rr who refuses to leave healing surgical wounds alone. we went from a muzzle ( I hated it but it helped for 2 weeks) to dressing him in scrubs and a t shirt to prevent him from acessing the wound and making matters worse. He is almost 100% now and for an 80 pound dog to be dressed up is rather embarassing. But If it kept him from hurting himself it was worth it.Best of Luck and please keep everyone posted..
Bonita of Bwana