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    My poor little girl. She can't win for losing. As most of you know Harlea has been sick for the last month and a half. First she had a staph infection. Next she had pneumonia. Then the staph infection was taken care of but the antibiotics caused yeast all over her belly but the pneumonia cleared up. We went back to the vet yesterday for another checkup and most of the yeast is gone but some is still there and of course it is spreading to her paws and front leg now even with the baths, soakings and twice daily wipe downs. To make matters worse with all of this we found out the hard way that Harlea was allergic to one of the antibiotics she was taking so we just had a culture sent to an outside lab to identify all of the antibiotics that she could possibly be allergic to so we know in the future what she can be given for infections and not make the same mistake.

    My girls immune system is just in shambles right now with all the meds she has been on and probiotics and yogurt can't keep up. I had no choice yesterday but to give her prednisone to relieve some of the itching as the supply of the new anti itch medication Apoquel which blocks the itch receptors only and does not have the nasty side effects of steroids has been on back order since its release back in January. While that medication doesn't' fix the problem it goes a long way to keep her from scratching herself bloody while we find out what is going on so we are on the list to get it when it becomes available next month.

    So... After we get the results of the culture for the antibiotics allergy test later this week we will be looking at having blood drawn to environmental allergy testing shortly afterwards. i hate putting my baby through all of this but i have got to figure out what is causing her discomfort now. The odd part of all of this is that she doesn't have a speck of yeast or tear stain on her face.
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    Hope and fingers crossed for Harlea. oooxxx

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    awww. sending love my way. hope everything gets better and she clears up quick!


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    sweet Harlea. I hope all gets better and she heals up!

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    Poor Harlea. Doesn't it seem that when the Sh*t hits the fan with these dogs it really hits?? I hope the baby feels better soon and you get the answers to help her fast. Give her love and hugs from the O'Toole gang!!
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    Todd, I'm so sorry to hear about Harlea… I agree w/the testing, you might as well go ahead and figure out what else she's allergic to. Bella had issues for years, and I wish we would of done it… she was on meds forever

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    Poor baby girl, the cycle of meds has really gotten to her . Give her our love


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    Poor little gal. Poor Mom and Dad, too. I know how worrying about our "kids" wears us down,too. Many prayers for you all that she will soon be her happy,healthy little self!
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    ohhh no poor baby! *sigh. we are just in shambles when they are sick. sending tight hugs to your little girl. Get well soon Harlea.

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    I'm sorry Todd, she can't get a break!! I hope all of the testing shows whats going on so she can heal. You're great parents to have it all done and get her healed, there are so many out there that would toss in the towel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marine91 View Post
    My poor little girl. She can't win for losing. As most of you know Harlea has been sick for the last month and a half. First she had a staph infection. Next she had pneumonia. Then the staph infection was taken care of but the antibiotics caused yeast all over her belly but the pneumonia cleared up. We went back to the vet yesterday for another checkup and most of the yeast is gone but some is still there and of course it is spreading to her paws and front leg now even with the baths, soakings and twice daily wipe downs. To make matters worse with all of this we found out the hard way that Harlea was allergic to one of the antibiotics she was taking so we just had a culture sent to an outside lab to identify all of the antibiotics that she could possibly be allergic to so we know in the future what she can be given for infections and not make the same mistake.

    My girls immune system is just in shambles right now with all the meds she has been on and probiotics and yogurt can't keep up. I had no choice yesterday but to give her prednisone to relieve some of the itching as the supply of the new anti itch medication Apoquel which blocks the itch receptors only and does not have the nasty side effects of steroids has been on back order since its release back in January. While that medication doesn't' fix the problem it goes a long way to keep her from scratching herself bloody while we find out what is going on so we are on the list to get it when it becomes available next month.

    So... After we get the results of the culture for the antibiotics allergy test later this week we will be looking at having blood drawn to environmental allergy testing shortly afterwards. i hate putting my baby through all of this but i have got to figure out what is causing her discomfort now. The odd part of all of this is that she doesn't have a speck of yeast or tear stain on her face.
    I'm really sorry to hear this, but we have similar issues.

    Regarding Apoquel. I've been following it since first hearing about it a while ago. They did a two year study I believe, and found the side effects to be minimal. It's being hailed as the miracle drug by vets. It is on back order, for regular vets, but most dermatologists will have it as that's who the company released it to. So you can try to get a referral from your vet and get her on Apoquel sooner.

    Blue had the blood allergy test done recently. It showed he wasn't allergic to anything other than Corn pollen and wheat. The test was wrong. Blue has other allergies. The blood one is not as effective as the skin one which is supposed to be the "Gold Standard". So keep that in mind.

    It's spring, I've been using Claritin to keep his allergies tolerable. I know it's difficult to watch them scratch themselves raw. Last year I put a shirt on Blue to keep him from bloodying up his belly. You should try something similar. Here's a pic.
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    Good luck and keep us updated. Hugs to both you and Harlea.


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    So sad to hear...life isn't good if our babies aren't good.

    Strengthening prayers for Harlea & for your family~Hugs!


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