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A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle: My poor kiddos!

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.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My poor kiddos!

The Little One went back to the dermatologist today.  Last week she developed these lovely little bald spots and she keeps getting more.  Consensus?  She suffers from seborrhea.  That means that her skin doesn't produce enough of the proper lipids (fats) to keep her skin healthy.  This is why she lost the fur on her ears and her skin got all dry when we tried to switch her food, right?  Well, she was doing well on the prescription food, and the skin drops and all that, but got these bald little spots.  Turns out, the lack of lipids predisposes animals to pyoderma (skin infections).  So, there little spots are little bacterial infections.

So, now, she has to have a bath every week with a prescription shampoo.  UGH!  It's not really a big deal. She hates baths, but she's four pounds, what's she gonna do about it?  HAHA!  I just feel bad for her.

So, for those of you keeping score... She is on RX skin drops, RX shampoo, RX food, RX ear drops, RX liver supplements, special treats, and fish oil supplements to treat seborrhea which causes chronic ear infections and food allergies and now pyoderma, and her elevated liver enzymes.  Poor kid!

Add that to the big kid and his desire to eat foreign objects and I just have too very sad kids right now.

They went to their new vet today.  Both are happy and healthy, you know, aside from the skin stuff and the surgery, so that is good.  They were both very good for him too!  Which is amazing for The Little One who acts like we are trying to kill her whenever we do anything.  She was so good today!  She only yelped and squirmed once!  Amazing!!!

However, all of this is costing me a small fortune!!!  GEESH!  She saw her specialist and her vet in the same day and our puppy too.  Add that to his surgery... We are going to go broke treating these dogs!  Thank goodness for my (eventual) employee discount at work!  And the fact that our min pn is so small her meds last forever, with the exception of her liver med.  That has to be compounded because they don't make doses small enough for her.  That costs a small fortune every month, but hopefully she will not be on it much longer.  (fingers crossed!)

And, I keep being told that she will improve (and she is) and it's likely that much of this stuff will decrease in frequency, which would be so nice.

Let's hope next week is a better week for my little ones.


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