Melvin man will be turning nine in March. Don’t even get me started on trying to figure out where time goes. Anywho, we go to the vet so much for so many random things that I recently realized I don’t think we have ever gone to discuss ‘future’ issues. It’s always been ‘today’s conundrum is…’. So a few weeks ago I took Melvin for what I like to call his ‘he’s-turning-nine-how-are-we-doing-and-what-can-we-do-to-make-sure-his next-nine-years-run-smoothly’.
The good news is that aside from allergies and his
stupid liver, Melvin is pretty darn healthy! His joints are good and limber and aside from his stupid liver, his blood counts are all good. His eyes are growing older, the vet said that he likely can’t see very well at night. I have night lights all over the house (cause I trip a lot) so he is covered there.
Since moving Melvin to a raw diet, I have been able to get him off a couple of his allergy meds (yay!). We decided to test his allergies again (it’s been almost six years). When the report came back in, our vet was afraid to share the results with me. I assumed it was because he was now allergic to me. It turns out, he is NOW allergic to the two things he’s been eating and doing so well on – beef and pumpkin. Oh Melvin.
Raw worked for us for a couple of reasons, the main one being that Melvin has colitis and on kibble his urgency to go #2 is often frantic. With raw, that urgency was gone. We have had much fewer skin infections and his energy level has been awesome.
After the allergy test we moved Melvin over to a prescription kibble that contains stuff he is not allergic to (kangaroo and oats) but the urgency issues and accidents are back. I have finished my study of which raw diet to put him on and think we will try lamb. We are also starting back on allergy shots (that I will give him). Before, when we did shots, we were never able to get him off any of his meds and I had serious doubts the shots were doing anything that they meds weren’t taking care of. Now that he is off so many of his meds, the shots might be just what we need to get him off the dreaded prednisone.
In the meantime, I tested the new kibble on Jake. I try to feed Jake the same protein source as Melvin just in case Melvin ever gets to Jake’s bowl (I mean I’m very vigilant but sometimes I am
pouring wine distracted). Jake seems to have an iron stomach and handles food transitions really well. This time, Jake had an allergic reaction and itched so much he developed an infection. No Kangaroo hunting for him. Oh….Jake.