Hi there everyone,
you might remember the cute pics I posted when I got my two rescue pups a few weeks back.
Here they are back then - Rusty is on the left.
Rusty has been on antihistamines for a couple of weeks now, as he had a few itchy spots under his armpits and on his tummy. I also have some antibacterial cream with lignocaine to apply.
The vet has done two skin scrapings - once each time we have been to get a check up. The second visit, last Thursday, he also prescribed antibiotics and bathing Rusty in Pyohex.
With the weather being so rotten, I only did a full bath today with the Pyohex. Antihistamines and antibiotics being given. I've been giving him antihistamines during the day, as the nightly dose has not been lasting him and he has been getting worse. He has been scratching his tummy along grass and after the Pyohex bath this afternoon, he came up in big hives all over his stomach and chest, some of them containing pus. He is losing hair on his legs, elbows, knees and ears. He is really miserable unless the antihistamine is working.
We're off to the vet in half an hour - again!
The vet also said no dry food (even though he's been getting the same biscuits he had before we had him (SD). He said lamb and chicken wings, which we have done since last Thursday, but it hasn't helped so far. (vet though it might be dry food or a preservative in the roo I feed them - my beef mince has no preservative and is HG).
I am feeling pretty sorry for the poor bugger - his sister has no such trouble and I feel overwhelmed with trying to identify what he is reacting to. His tummy looks absolutely awful.
To make matters more stressful, I am running out of money for vet bills - as a recent single parent, every dollar counts. I have already been lucky enough to pay the bills in installments, but how long will this go on?
My latest thought is to put him in a tight fitting cotton baby t-shirt or short legged jumpsuit, in case it is a contact allergy with grass.
Does anyone have any advice to offer? Or a stiff drink..... (the poor blinking pup could do with something to help him sleep, too).