Thursday, January 25, 2007

My skin issue

Well, the vet isn't for sure what it is, exactly. Might be hot spots, but might not.
She did a skin scraping, and didn't find any critters (thank goodness, not sure I could handle any critters living in my skin). But, I do have a secondary staph infection from all the licking I have been doing.

So, I am now on Vetalog, which is a steroid, and Cephalexin, an antibiotic, and some nasty spray stuff that mom has to spray on my spots to help dry them out. I don't like it, and have learned that when she comes at me with the white bottle, that I should run outside. She has now learned to hide it behind her back, and then pretend she is going to rub my tummy, so I roll over, and then she sprays my big red spot. Not very nice of her! Then, I jump up and run out the doggie door so she can't spray me again.

The vet also suggested mom start adding some of Sam's zinc sulfate to my food. Apparently us northern breeds (especially Siberians and Malamutes) seem to have lots of issues with zinc responsive dermatosis. So, we'll try that for a while too and see if it helps. Seems Sam was about the same age (almost 3) when his started.

Funny thing is, when mom got me home from the vet, dad told her that he noticed Abby licking her tummy. So mom checked her tummy, and sure enough, she had a spot too!! What the ?!?!?!?! So then she had to call the vet back and ask her to get the same meds for Abby as I got!

Mom is very confused about why this is happening, especially since none of us have ever had any problems in the past (all the others anyway, I'm still sorta new). And we are all very well groomed by dad, and get Maxiderm in our food (it's a liquid supplement that has vitamin E, flaxseed oil, omega 3 fatty acids, and some other stuff that is really good for our skin and hair). So, the humans are stupified at what is causing all the skin issues!

Well, better go now. I need another nap, and the human woman has that look in her eyes that says she is thinking of getting the spray bottle out to try and spray one of my spots, so I think a nice nap OUTSIDE is in order.



Joe Stains said...

it seems like a lot of my dog blog friends have these hot spots. feel better soon!

Holly said...

Thanks Joe! I already do feel better, and am not scratching or licking my itchy spots any more. Thank goodness for meds!!

Fu Fu said...

Oh no Holly, I hope your skin problem gets ok soon. And try not to scratch yourself too much..

~ fufu

Althea said...

I'm sorry to hear about your skin problem. Sounds like something strange is going on around your house since Abby has it too. You better make sure this isn't some sort of C(un)IA mission. Or it could be karma since you post pics of poor Sam in a t-shirt when he was having skin problems.


Macie-Malechai said...

Oh Holly, this is bad! We're with Althea, it could be a cat opperative, do you have those pesky things at your house too? We sure hope it gets better, nothing worse than the itchy scratchies (OK there is, but none come to mind right now) just feel better soon!
Face Licks, M&M

Holly said...

Thanks fufu, I'm glad I'm feeling better. All that itching it sure annoying!

Althea and M&M - I do have a kitty, but he pretty much stays to himself and only goes in the bedrooms. Vet thinks it might be weather related. Who knows what it is!!!!

Thanks everypup for your concern!

The Army of Four said...

Woo! Holly, I'm so glad you're starting to feel better! I hope all those nasty hot spots go away NOW! Woo.

Shmoo said...

Hey, whatcha eating over there? I had those things every November for 4 of my 6 years. Every November I'd break out and have to take the pred and antibiotics, it was such a pain and I itched all over.

The human woman switched us over to Blue Buffalo food, which has all of that stuff that your humans are spending money on to throw in your food. Tell them to save their money on that crap and get a food that already has it in there.

After the switch... no more hotspots at ALL. Its very tasty too.


Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Holly,
You could have some kind of food allergies. Or it could be from molds. Lots of doggies out east are having skin fungus problems this year due to mold, etc. from the rains and not cold enough winters. Do you drink milk? Some doggies get hot spots & itchies from being allergic to milk too. Hope you feel better soon!
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers