I have been working with the vet now for about 2 months trying to get Baxters' skin problems straigthened out. First a few prednisone pills during show season that had him peeing all over the place - figured they weren't going to cure anything, just hide symptoms, so I didn't give him anymore. Then about 4 weeks ago I had to take him to the vet again and she gave him some antibiotics and antifungals. He was much better, but the front of his neck, under his chin was still very red and weepy - nasty stuff (he's still on the antifungals - last 42 days). Took him to the vet again, and he gave him a steroid shot ("mild") and a topical spray for his neck -which was of course looking pretty good by then. So today, I have a dog peeing his little peepee off, getting "spookier" by the minutes - everything alarms him and he have been doing his "big boy bark" all day - at nothing, basically. Now, he is scared of the cat under the deck step, and while he is barking ferociousely, he is too scared to come up the steps. This is not helpful for a dog that was going through a bit of a "scaredy cat" phase anyways. I'm not sure what to do to help him through this. Don't want to "comfort him" and make him think there is something to be scared of, but I can't see to distract him when he is barking and upset. Any suggestions (asided from never giving him steroids again unless it is life-saving?)
I have no advice. Just wanted to say I am sorry and hope you find something.
I have just started down this road with Tessa. Our latest is the spray to clear up her icky chest. I too wondered if Pred would just mask symptoms. The vet has now increased hers and I am not keen on giving them to her.
What do you feed.
Do the shampoos help. They do a bit with Tessa. Seems we go 2 steps forward and one back so it is a struggle...and oh my so expensive.
Don't mean to hijack as it is about you not me, but when you get desperate for info you become a pain.
ETA. I do not like steroids. ERnies head changed shape within 2 months when he was diagnosed with IBD. He has had to go on it long term and his head will never be that lovely blocky Lab head again. Not nice things and vets still say only small doses o.k. Ummm..not with Erns.
Last edited by kassabella; 08-07-2011 at 02:22 AM.
He is doing alot better today - no extra peeing and MUCH more calm - and his skin is SO much better. I am hoping that we can keep things under control now. The vet said the next step would be allergy testing, abou $250 for the blood testing, and up to Columbus and $1,200.00 if we want the actual skin testing. I keep remembering that Emilu went through a very simlar thing when she was about his age, and she outgrew it, so I am hoping that Baxter will too. I bet that you will be able to get Tessa straightened out and stop having to give her meds also.
Pat the vet told me even with the allergy testing they usually pick up like dust mites, or things around the house we have no control over. He said we could treat one and not another and until they find something that hammers the whole lot it is trial and error.
Glad Baxter is doing so much better.