Bully Bootie Duty
my diva is having a hard time with her allergy injections
my 4.5 year old english bulldog has had noticeable allergies since she was around 6 months old and received her first cortozone shot. since then, i've moved around, which means new vets, all of whom wanted to retry treatments that had already been tried and failed in the past.
i've finally lived somewhere long enough that my vet agreed that my eb needed to have the allergy testing done. she's allergic to sooooooooooooooo many things. foods, feathers, human hair, grass, tons of trees, dust, the list goes on.
she's on a special diet that is free from all of the food allergens. however, it is impossible to keep her free from ALL allergies. she's allergic to cat hair and feathers and i have a parrot and two cats!
so, we started her on a series of injections that are suppose to build up her immune system regarding the things she's allergic to. i guess the end hopeful result is that her immune system will build up enough of a defense that her allergies will not be noticeable or as severe. she has suffered too many things for me to list due to her allergies. suffice it is to say, it's been a looong and expensive road, but she is more than worth it. what's most important to me is her comfort and happiness.
right now, she's had to stop the injections bc the skin reactions she was having became so severe that she's lost all of the hair inbetween the creases on her face and she's all but chewed all the hair off of her front paws (i've tried booties, socks, bitter apple spray, anything i can think of to keep her from getting at her feet, but she's too smart for it all).
i've been using desynex (sp?-the diaper rash cream) to put in her creases after cleaning them every day. right now she's also on anti-biotics and a steroid pill while we've stopped injections until she gets back into better and less miserable shape. the whole purpose of starting injections was to improve her quality of life, not this!
the vet states it's a long process and once this skin outbreak and ear infection subsides, we'll resume injections. my question is, has anyone else gone through this, and if so, would you mind sharing your story?
also, desynex is too oil based. does anyone use something different-something water based or non-oil based-to put on their face skin folds when they need it?
she's my baby and my best friend. i hate seeing her feeling so bad. she's even started having potty accidents in the house due to a side affect of the steroid pills. the vet said she can't help it-that she must be very sensitive to the side affects. i don't mind cleaning up the messes. i KNOW she's not feeling great or that something is wrong if she's having accidents in the house bc she's 100% potty trained. she just gets embarrassed and feels bad about herself when she has accidents.
she's also started looking 'old' in the past few weeks and it's breaking my heart. i know she won't, but i want her to live forever. i can't even concieve of losing her-ever. she's my heart.
anyway, sorry for the rant. thanks for listening.