I am smiling even as I type the words “canine allergen breakthrough” because finally we can see the light at the end of this miserable environmental allergy tunnel…
HOLISTIC VET CARE –
I’d heard about holistic veterinarian health care for several years but never considered it for the Boys.
Holistic Veterinarian Medicine is –
A veterinarian who specializes in one or more alternative or complementary treatments which incorporates (but is not limited to) acupuncture, botanical medicine, chiropractic, homeopathy, massage therapy, and nutraceuticals.
Charleston SC continues to maintain her place as one of the top ten pet friendliest cities in the country. What they fail to mention in their description, is the awful environmental allergens that plaque this gorgeous port city.
There are so many activities you can enjoy with your pet in tow, it’s a pet parents paradise…
However there is a price to pay for many dogs in the form of allergies due to said climate.
For more than a year I worked with a conventional vet but eventually I began to realize we were only dealing with the affects of the allergies. We were merely tackling the external symptoms.
While I knew in my heart it was time to try a holistic approach – I still wanted both. A vet who practiced both Western (conventional) and Eastern (holistic) medicine.
In November 2017, I found who I was looking for, and I scheduled an appointment for Harley with Sun Dog Cat Moon.
After a week of antibiotics and a daily regiment of apoquel once a day, Harley began having itch, bite and nibble free days again.
Twelve months later, Harley developed an ear infection, which cleared up with medication but I noticed he would rub the bottom of his chin on anything with texture. His bed, the side of a fabric upholstered furniture, even his own paw.
When I looked at it, the area was raw.
Back to the vet we went.
We tried several antibiotics for only seven days, along with an all natural topical ointment, and probiotics.
Nothing seemed to help.
Typically with skin issues – there are certain “go-to” antibiotics a veterinarian will use, but every once in a while – a nasty bacteria shows up that is resistant to the current/more popular antibiotics.
Apparently this one on Harley’s bottom lip area was the nastiest of nasty.
It was time to “up our game” and pay to have it cultured.
What does that mean?
They swab the area, and send the sample to a lab for several days. There the bacteria is tested by allowing it to grow in two distinct and different conditions –
- Anaerobic culture – bacteria without oxygen
- Aerobic culture – bacteria exposed to oxygen
The results come back with a laundry list of antibiotics recommended to treat the bacteria found on the samples but more importantly – it will also show which ones Harleys body is resistant to.
WAITING TO EXHALE –
I cannot lie – I was soooo not happy about giving the vet $280.00 to culture this bacteria. But we had exhausted all other options. So I told her let’s do this and I brown bagged it to work that pay period. #byanymeansnecessary
I held my breath – waiting to exhale once the results came back.
According to the swab – there are 16 antibiotics that would work with this particular bacteria. However, Harley is resistant to 12 of them.
Of the four remaining, three were recommended. Of those three – the vet made the final selection.
He will remain on this antibiotic for 14 days. He also has an ointment that must be applied three times a day to help with external healing. We are currently on day five.
I consider this a breakthrough thus far because for the first time we know what we’re dealing with. #thankyouJesus
Today I noticed he has practically stopped rubbing his face on things all together. This is new – which I see as a good sign.
Of course I’ll keep you posted as we continue this never ending battle. I’m keeping a journal of the months when he’s at his worst. So far the fall seems to be the toughest months. This is when we experience lots of rain, wet leaves, and damp grass. #ugh
I will say this though, none of what’s going on seems to dampen his spirits. He’s still oodles of doodle love…
Dogs are bundles of love, wrapped in fur ❤️