Post # 61
Sorry that I wasn’t able to update after our appointment yesterday.
The veterinarian said that Shiner has a deep skin infection as well as a slight fever. When he was shaved down, there was a size able abscess revealed. He was given a steroid shot to stop the itching and two antibotics as well as an e-collar. We purchased a comfort collar for him to wear as well after a few days in the plastic collar.
Apparently he dug so vigorously into the itch that he wounded himself to the point of infection. I feel like a horrible dog-momma for not noticing the severity sooner and am grateful we’re treating the cause rather than the symptoms now.
We have a follow-up appointment next week to see if the abscess needs to be surgically drained but the vet says it seems to be draining well on its own. We were instructed not to clean the wound ourselves and for the week to just let the Coke and antibiotics do their work.
Shiner is otherwise happy and healthy and was very well behaved for the doctor.
Post # 62
Our dog started doing the same thing. He is from the north and down south we are experiencing some terrible pollen and allergy issues. Our vet believes its an issue of him being allergic to some sort of plant down here. He is a big dog at 100 pounds. We tried everything from antiseptic, non biting spray, lidocain spray & ointment, benadryl, washing his paws and bed covers all the time. He chewed a sore onto himself bloody and open on on his rear left flank. We have bought an expensive pill called Apoquel 16mg that he is given everyday (more in the first month). It’s allowed him to heal and stop biting/licking. It’s liquid gold for us.
His chewing and licking use to be so bad that he would wake us up in the middle of the night!
Hope your fur baby gets to feeling better.
PS due to the cost, after this month we plan to do one day of the apoquel and two days benadryl for the remainder of allergy season. Vet approved too! It took us 6 vet visits to figure out wtf was wrong with him. We also changed his food to a salmon based high omega 3 based one and started giving him pro sense daily vitamin upplement for adult dogs. Helped immensely.
Post # 63
My cat had an abscess on her butt semi recently. She had to get it lanced, and get an antibiotic shot. We had to irrigate it twice a day which was pretty gross but it healed up nicely! She did have to wear the “come of shame” for a few weeks.. haha! I’m glad to hear your doggie is okay though! Such a cutie!
Post # 64
mshoneybeespgbuzz: We are actually in the South and this is our first year in our new home – Fiance and I actually wondered if maybe it was something in the grass of our new back yard. We’re planning on changing his diet so hopefully between that, the antibiotics, and the Bendaryl (vet approved) he will start having some relief!
sequinhat: I hope I don’t have to do irrigation! I am such a faint-hearted person when it comes to blood and gore that even hearing about FI’s old injuries and scars makes me shudder. If it comes to a lancing, post-care may have to be FI’s responsibility!
A lot of people have commented regarding the extent of the crating of my dogs. Please know that whatever your view of crating and length, my dogs are well-loved and cared for. Their crates are large and comfortable and really a last-ditch resort; both dogs happily view their crate as a ‘safe space’ and I would never have them in longer than I have to. In regards to Rebel and “fair =/= equal” – these two dogs are so bonded that when I was at the vet for less than 2 hours, Rebel tore up the bedding in his crate in protest at being left without his brother. It really does have to be a neither crated or both scenario. :/
HOWEVER, since we have moved to a new home and are no longer responsible for deposits in rented houses/apartments, I am going to begin trying to let them out in the bedroom with the door closed when we go out on weekends/short periods of time and see if they handle it well. I really do only want what’s best for my dogs.