This week has it out for us, and to that I cry… ‘Uncle’! Jake’s skin is blood-red, his fall allergies are far worse this year than last year and he is beyond miserable. We have prescriptions antihistamines that are doing NOTHING (well that is not entirely true, they are making Jake throw up). We have two vets searching the universe for enough Apoquel to get us through to the first frost. This area is completely out of it and despite Jake being on before the shortage, we were unable to get him on the list to continue getting it. Add to the injury of his allergies is the insult of a double ear infection. He shakes his head so hard that I worry his eyes will pop out. We went to the vet this morning – he was literally unable to stop shaking his head. They infused medicine into both ears, never had this before, and apparently it is thick and will stay in and treat him from inside his ears for two weeks. Now if only his skin was not on fire.
It is almost certain that Melvin has Cushing’s. He is on prednisone (the cause) and has every single symptom. We can’t get him off the pred until after the first frost and that will take time to taper him until he can be off for two weeks to be tested. In the meantime we are trying a natural approach to treatment, Melatonin (what’s four more pills in the pill-box?!). The Melatonin has shown really great treatment results in some dogs and it’s something we can use while he is still on the prednisone. The side effect, he’s exhausted. He sleeps a lot now, even more than before!