Monday, January 23, 2012

The one and ONLY cowspotdog !

Yes, it is me, a little lighter in the coat then normal but here non the less - and look - I am smiling!!! I haven't really shared a lot about my itchy scratchy allergies so I thought I would give an update. Dad says they started in Nebraska (Mom doesn't remember that because she was in hospital) but they really went crazy when we all moved to Arkansas. Dr W. has had me on prednesone, different allergy medications, monthly allergy shots and the latest was a drug called Atopica (Cyclosporine). Mom has had this drug herself for the treatment of her Lupus - it is an immune suppressant and Mom was REALLY worried about me being on it as she remembered how REALLY sick it made her. After a lot of discussion between Mom, Dad and Dr W. it was decided to give it try as I was scratching so much I was getting sores and skin infections. Sadly, it didn't help at all (Mom does think it is related to my rapid hair loss though) and it was stopped. So now I will be putting on 'my blue suede shoes' and be 'walking in Memphis' later this week to see a specialist vet. Mom says it is a lady vet and I like lady vets - they are always so gentle with me. I am really hoping she can help me as I am not liking all the extra baths I have been getting lately. Did you know that long fur like mine can act like an air filter, allergens can get trapped in it thus making us more itchy then normal and that the only way to lessen this is regular baths! I told Mom I AM NOT a walking air filter...but she wouldn't listen and as much as I hate to admit, it does feel better to have regular bath at the moment. I will give an update when we have some news - until then I just have to keep the dweebs from hogging MY blog.


  1. I don't know if I mentioned this before, but browndog cbr has very severe allergies and his mom did a series of posts about them maybe 6 or 8 months ago. They went through ALOT before finding what worked for Hawk.

    -Bart and Ruby

  2. Man, that is Rough. I hope the next vet finds the answer to the itchy scratchies.

    I'll keep my toes crossed for you.


  3. Reilly, you are just beautiful. We are sorry you have to go through all of this, but we sure do hope your visit goes very well. We know how much your Mom would love to find an answer. Paws crossed it is a good visit.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  4. Our dad was on Cyclosporine after his heart transplant. We just know that the doctors will get to the bottom of this for you, Reilly! Paws are crossed!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  5. Oh, poor Reilly.

    I hope the vet will be able to give you a solution.

  6. Katie and I are so sorry that you're going through this Reilly! Your Mom and Dad are working so hard to find out what will work for you. I hope this lady vet can find something fast!

  7. I hope you get some answers soon.

  8. I sure hope you can get some help and some relief soon Reilly!!!

  9. OOOH, so sorry about those itchies!! I hope the doctor finds something to soothe your skin. I'll keep my paws crossed and send good vibes your way! :)

    Woofs & hugs, <3

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  10. My collie went through a lot of allergy issues too. Hotspots that would get infected and crusty nose. Several different meds were tried along with allergy shots. Nothing worked. My groomer thought maybe there was a food allergy and suggested putting him on a holistic food with omega 3's. I put him on California Natural's Herring & Sweet Potato formula, and it cleared up in a matter of weeks and has never come back. The food's not cheap, but then neither were the vet visits. The whole process of getting him back to normal was long and frustrating. I feel your pain, and hope you find a solution soon.

  11. So sorry Reilly! One of my little shih tzus is going through something similar. My heart just aches for both of you. Hopefully the new vet will find the miracle cure. Hang in there sweetie, I'm sure there is something that can help.

  12. Hope the lady vet can help you! Itchies are horrible. I take medicine for mine too! But it sounds like yours are worse. Have a safe trip.

    Doggy Kisses,

  13. Good luck at the specialist Reilly! I hope she can come up with some answers. I didn't come back as lergic to anything and Mum thinks it must be something to do with an Autoimmune problem, like Lupus... hm, I is interested to wait and see what she says. In the meantime I thinks your furs look pretty good in the short do.
    ~lickies, Ludo
    pee ess: The true colours blog be asking for word verification and I know your Mom not like that.


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