I'm at my wits end after spending the last 6 months of my boys life with him living with a 'bucket' on his head to stop him chewing the skin off his tail (in particular)
After 2 or more months of feeding him ZD ultra hypo-allergenic dry food, pupkin and fish to no avail and then finally having him take 100mg of Cyclosproine capsules every day for another 2 1/2 months straight - initially with success, but not anymore, my sweet boy managed to have almost 4 weeks without his bucket - 3 1/2 of those spent in the non humidified climes of a sunny Alice Springs summer holiday, I'm now back in Darwin and his hind legs and rear end have now broken out in a rash/lesions so bad that simply washing him in the hydrobath makes him cry from the force of the water washing the skin and scabs off his legs. I've been washing his legs in malasab every second day and then lavishing pyohex conditioner on them (with my hands being covered in his blood from the broken sores in the process) and last night on my most recent visit to the vet I've reached my wits end with them throwing their hands up in the air and telling me that they dont know whats causing it or what we really should be doing to treat it!
The vets have done lots of things to him in the last 6 months, so I'm assuming they've done one of these 'skin scrapes' that I see listed on the web. I know they've done 'sticky tape' tests and checked it under their microscope, but I'm really not sure what else has been done.
I'm able to go to another vet and have a very expensive allergy test done (apparently about $500 for the test) after which they inject him every second day with a specially made up vaccine specific to his allergies - so, yet again, a very expensive process.
Not that Im complaining about the expense, its just that I've spent over $8000 on my two Pei's in the past 2 years and I just dont want to be spending more if its not likely to help him.
Please help me coz I'm fast coming to the only conclusions being to give him away to someone 'down south' or to have him put to sleep - neither of which are palatable to me coz I love him so much, but this torture of him every day I cant stop him chewing at his legs and tail like this is killing me!!