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A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle: Finally, some answers!

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.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Finally, some answers!

Took our min pin to the specialist today. And it didn't even cost me a small fortune to do it!

Here's what we found out:

She may or may not be allergic to the world! But on the bright side, she may be able to get better. She has lost most of the fur on her ears, we even did a biopsy of one of them, but didn't get anything good out of it. Turns out, The Little One doesn't produce enough of the extra special lipids that keep her skin nice and her immune system intact. So, her ears go bald, and get dry, which decreases the barrier on her skin, which makes her allergies worse. Whew! So, when we feed her foods that she is allergic too, she reacts more strongly to them because she has a compromised immune system to begin with. :( Hence the crazy reaction to duck.

Feeding her the fish diet that she was on helped. She looked good. But when we took her off of it because we were scared of allergies, she wasn't getting enough of the Omega Fatty Acids to help her little lipid producing issue, thus compounding the problem.... My poor dog. We thought we were doing right by her, but we were just making it worse! I feel AWFUL!!!!

And to make it worse... Her ear infections. The doc says he's not too worried about them just yet. He thinks they will get better, but guess what... We were also potentially making that worse. Though we had her on a limited diet, we had her on over the counter foods. They do make many prescription diets that have the same ingredients, but they are usually more expensive. However, the dermatologist told me of a study in which they took 70 OTC dog foods that claimed to not have chicken or beef in them and tested them. And wouldn't you know, they tested positive for chicken and/or beef. Turns out, pet food companies are not required to clean the machines in between batches of food. So, again, we thought we were doing right by her and were, in all actuality, not doing much good at all.

So, she has special skin drops that will replace the missing skin oils, and I am now special ordering the Royal Canin Fish diet. Sadly, the smallest size is 8 pounds! The food I buy her now is 5.5 pounds and we only have to buy it ever 1.5 to 2 months. 8 pounds may go bad before she manages to eat it all! But, he said the drops should help her start producing the oils on her own, so eventually we will only need to do the drops once a month VS the twice a week we have to do them now. And, with the prescription diet, we can for sure determine what she is allergic to.

Hopefully, she begins to improve and I can go back to feeling like a good mom again. :)

2 Comments:

Blogger It's Something Beautiful said...

The poor thing! Well I'm glad you at least figured everything out so that things can hopefully only get better from here.

Hope you have a great rest of your day!

www.life-itssomethingbeautiful.blogspot.com

February 4, 2011 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger McDancer said...

I'm glad you got it figured out. My pup doesn't have it nearly as bad, but I'm starting to think we need to have him tested to finally figure out for sure. His poor paws can't take much more licking, but we have to find someone who will test him and not just advise us to change his diet :(

February 4, 2011 at 10:02 PM  

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