Fed up with the vets constantly giving me antibiotics. Fed up with my suffering with chronic ear infections and anal gland problems, Momma decided, once my kidney problem was resolved to change my regimen. I was really happy about that…hoping that meant she’d leave my ears alone.
She had to decide what to continue.
She didn’t like my food. It had very poor nutritional value. Temporarily she’d keep feeding it to me because I didn’t break out on it.
Second, she’d keep me on the allergy shots, which I now get once a month.
Third, she’d keep giving me 2 Omega 3 capsules a day, since that was good for my coat and the itching.
Fourth, she’d keep using the baby wipes on me when I come in from outside.
Now for the changes she made.
First, she went to the drugstore and purchased Benadryl spray. She still uses it when I have a breakout. She sprays it twice a day on my sores and they clear up in a few days. It doesn’t get absorbed like the pills, so it doesn’t make me sleep all the time.
Second, she replaced the Benadryl pills with Generic Loratadine, 10mg. It is the same drug as the brand name Claritin. It is or was experimental in dogs. I take it once a day, increasing to twice daily during peak pollen seasons. (Remember, I am a 100 lb. retriever. If your dog has allergies, don’t try any medication, especially an experimental one, without consulting with your vet on dosage.)
Third, she added a teaspoon of local honey to my diet. The Humans were taking a teaspoon of local honey for their allergies. Honey is pollen. It must be unprocessed honey from your locale. Because that is the way it works, I have different honey here at the shore. I like the sourwood honey in the mountains. This is a holistic remedy.
Fourth, she took me off of Frontline and the heartworm tablets and put me on MultiAdvantage which she got from our new mountain vet. This is a topical heartworm treatment in addition to flea treatment.
Fifth, the bathes had to go. She changed shampoos to Sulfodene Medicated. She bathes me after I have been swimming. Otherwise, no bathes, just a good brushing twice a week, more when I’m shedding heavily.
Finally, she wasn’t keen on forcing another pill down my throat so she added a teaspoon of DanActive yogurt to my diet. This was to replace the good bacteria in my system that all the antibiotics had destroyed. She watched me closely for breakouts. I’ve been on yogurt now for about a year with no bad side effects.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t to be the end of my saga. I wasn’t to live happily ever after, yet.
Tomorrow I’ll tell you what happened.