I’ve been extremely itchy on my bottom the last two days. Mom says it looks like I have diaper rash!
I was scratching and chewing so hard, Mom gave be 2 human antihistamines and medicated bath before bed. Dad helped. Then, Mom squirted on a “flush” solution from the Vet to make sure I didn’t get infected where I was chewing. That stung at first, but helped a little. I was still up and miserable all night. Mom called Dr. Craig and made an appointment for early this morning.
Hoo, boy. Possible food allergies. I know I’ve been a bit scratchier since Thanksgiving, when I had some table scraps mixed in with my kibble. But I wasn’t expecting this! Dr. Craig said my skin looked terrible (and of course, it did feel terrible) and he found something between my toes that indicated food allergies. He sprayed my paws and my poor behind with something cold and gave the bottle to Mom, telling her to spray me twice a day and rub the solution in (wearing a disposable glove). He said that would protect me from infection and help the inflammation go down. He also prescribed a steroid pill (which I have had to take in the Springtime for seasonal allergies) and to continue the antihistamine. Finally, he said my right ear was infected and looked yucky, so he took the syringe of antibiotics and flushed my ear with that. It was hard to sit like a good girl for that ear stuff. But I did. I was unhappy and suffering. Mom kept petting me and telling me what a good job I was doing. Dr. Craig gave me a hypoallergenic biscuit for being a good patient.
Dr. Craig also prescribed a ginormous bag of food. Prescription food. No wet noms, and no treats with chicken or beef, everything must be hypoallergenic. I have to stay on this diet for THREE MONTHS as a test to see if it is the food. Groan!
On the plus side, I aced my physical, have lost 3 pounds, and my dental is magnificent. My nails are fine, the only problems are the ear infection and the “diaper rash”.
As soon as we returned home, Mom gave me the steroid pill. I took it OK, and in a short while, felt a lot of relief from the constant itch. I took a nap on Mom’s bed and felt a lot better.
Mom told me not to post a picture of the rash because I really chewed on it last night and it looks horrible. You’ll have to take my word for it. I’m a hideous shade of pink on my hind quarters.
I’m going to go rest on the couch for a while. I’m tired from being up most of the night. I’m so grateful to have gone to the Vet today.
Woof! Love, Maggie