Another Summer. :(

May 28, 2010 at 10:12 pm 5 comments

This happens every summer when the weather warms up. Boogie’s itchiness gets out of control and back to the vet we go, for skin rashes, bald spots, ear infections. Bleh. There isn’t really anything that we can do except “tough things out” because the allergens or pesticides – whatever they are – are in the air, on the grass, everywhere… (Interestingly, some neighbors told me last night that after they relocated, their doggies’ allergies cleared up! I am now convinced that it’s the crap they put on the grass around here).

Dr. Reina was hesitant to give Boogie another cortisone shot because even though this stuff alleviates the itchiness for a couple of weeks, ultimately, it intensifies the problem.

I balked when I saw how many pills he has to take each day for the next few weeks.

Cephalexin antibiotics twice a day (for Staph); Hydroxine pills twice-three times a day (for skin infections); Derm pills once a day (for skin); and Panalog drops three times a day (for his ear infections). And I am to clean his ears every day until the crusty, bloody pus stuff clears up. Boogie is going to freakin’ LOVE that. He hides in his crate or under the coffee table whenever he sees me with the ear wash bottle.

Photo taken at the vet. Boogie is blinking at me with his poutiest face. “Can we go home now, please?”

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Barbara and Daisy  |  May 29, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Poor Boogie! It must be so uncomfortable. I hope you find some relief soon.

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  • 2. Shadowsrider  |  May 29, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    It’s miserable to be itchy! But can I say I think Boogie is adorable!

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  • 3. barrie.lynn  |  May 29, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    My girls have the itchies right now too :-( No fun for anyone! Jellybean just needs a bath with her special shampoo but Brit has gone Boogie’s route with steroid shots, etc. in previous summers :-(

    Jellybean had to go to the vet the Friday before last for a blood draw to clear her for a new heartworm preventative ‘script and she says Boogie looks less miserable than she was!

    http://twitpic.com/1ps1xf

    I gave her 5mg of Valium before we went then she got a shot of Ace and it only took a muzzle, Gentle Leader and a Thundershirt plus me and my bff tech to hold her still for what has to have been the BEST blood draw any vet has ever done ;-)

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  • 4. Renee  |  May 31, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Its @neeneeuk from Twitter, I know you have probably tried everything for his poor skin allergies but just in case: we have put Xabi on a hypoallergenic, macrobiotic, organic diet (yes the dog eats better than we do!) we avoid wheat and beef as these cause flare ups on his skin. Good luck and we hope Boogie finds some relief soon.

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  • 5. lili  |  June 9, 2010 at 5:22 am

    Thanks everyone! I think Boogie is doing better… He is still on his pills and he is itching less than before.

    I do feed him very good food – I mix The Honest Kitchen with home-cooked meat and veggies so I don’t think they are food-related allergies.

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