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A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle: Frustrating

A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle

"I cast my lot with a Marine and where he was, was home to me." ~ Anonymous.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Frustrating

My poor pup. She has allergies. She developed them earlier last year. Chronic ear infections. :( We eliminated chicken, the frequency of her otitis externa decreased. But she was still getting them. So we eliminated fish (which was the food she was on) and beef (her treats). I don't know you if you realized this, but there is chicken, beef, or fish in just about every edible dog product on the market.

So, we put her on a venison diet. There is only one over the counter venison food. I then used venison treats made by the same company and supplemented her treats with bison chews.... And she did awful. Her coat became dull, she lost weight, her skin dried out. She just looked terrible! To make it worse, we added pork to her allergies when I gave her a pig ear (not on her list of allergies at the time) and she became itchy. We tried going all venison and eliminated the bison. I paid a small fortune to special order venison products from our local dog store. They don't charge for the order, but specialty items like that are not cheap. She only got worse.

So, a little over a week ago, I took her back to work and had one of the vets look at her. She agreed that pup looked terrible and had to be taken off the venison ASAP. So, we tried duck. Turns out poultry is poultry. Only, duck is worse than chicken. Her coat started to look better, but a few days into the new food and duck only diet, I came home to find that her fur had thinned on her sides and her skin was bright red! My poor girl!!!! Did I mention that her skin is peeling off on her neck too? It's so horrible looking.

And my girl is so stoic! She doesn't itch at all (aside from pork). She doesn't look good, but she never complains. Even when she has horrible ear infections, she doesn't scratch at her ears or shake her head at all. It makes me feel horrible because I can't always tell she is not doing well.

So, I told the vet at work that I was putting her back on her fish food. She did well on that food and we didn't definitively prove that she is allergic to fish. She is already starting to look better. And I made an appointment with an allergist. I didn't want to, it's expensive to see specialist, but I am at wits end. We have already tried so many things.

It's a horrible feeling to work in the vet field and not be able to help my own dog! And things like this are so frustrating to treat!

I feel so horrible about my little girl.

2 Comments:

Blogger Mr. Superman & Mrs. S. said...

Awe allergies are the worst.

January 31, 2011 at 10:33 PM  
Blogger Brandee Mask said...

That is heart breaking:( Kinda' like a baby when they can not speak. You have to take forever to figure out what hurts, makes them sick, and what makes them feel better. Good luck with your "little one".

February 1, 2011 at 2:51 AM  

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