koda has been on allergy diet for the past month. right after we came back from our trip to Jakarta, we brought koda to the vet. she’s been chewing herself up again. the fur on her muzzle and all of her legs are pretty much gone from being chewed. she has no eyebrow and her eyelid is fur-less and red. at the time, we could see that her belly is all red and spotty. she was itchy all over…
the doctor gave a mites test on her skin, which came back negative. so she said it might be food allergy. that’s why for the past month, koda has been on diet. she can only eat the food given by the doctor, and nothing else. no snack, no fruit, nothing. koda was a little sad. she was also on steroid medication and antibiotics for two weeks.
it all seemed well for a while. after three weeks on diet and medication, she stopped chewing and scratching. the fur on her legs and muzzle has started to grow back. it went well… she’s probably allergic to some kind of food… or so we thought.
started about five days ago, koda’s appetite went bad. she doesn’t finish her food. and she scratches herself like a madman (maddog?). the fur that’s just started growing on her legs are now gone again. last night, we saw a large scratching wound on her belly… it was her old spay stitch. she scratched it so much that it was swollen and bleeding. and this morning, there is another scratching wound on her armpit.
this is getting worse and worse… she can’t even stay still without scratching for more than a minute… poor koda.
so, we took her to the doctor again. it turns out that it wasn’t food allergy. it’s something else, and we have to figure out what it is or else koda will stay miserable and itchy.
so, currently, the plan is:
- feed her a medicine that targets her skin immune system for the next 7 weeks. it will reduce the itch and hopefully makes koda less miserable. the medicine costs $100 per week.
- seven or nine weeks from now, koda will have to go through a one-time skin testing, which will cost us $250.
- koda will have to be injected by a customized vaccine that is based on her skin test result for the next one and a half year. it will probably cost around $700 to $800 for the whole vaccination period. that does not include the doctor fee per visit.
she’s an expensive mongrel… a cute, lovable, expensive mongrel… and we love you very much, koda 🙂
Kasihan ya koda, semoga cepat sembuh..my two cats also cost a lot when they got sick.
I found your site quite some time ago when searching for amigurumi and liked your blog too.
In Australia some dogs can get a “summer itch” when the weather is very hot and they scratch themselves crazy too. My father washed our dog in tea tree oil soap many years ago and that worked. It also works for tinea (human foot itching between the toes if you don’t know). Tea tree (Ti Tree or Melaleuca) is an Australian species so it’s well known here in Australia for what it can do. There are soaps and liquid washes for humans and special ones for animals. My dad used one for our dogs called “Timid Joe Dog Soap” but I don’t have a dog so I don’t know if it still exists.
If you go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_Tree_Oil and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melaleuca you will find some info there. I don’t know if you still have relatives in Australia but they may be able to send you some if you can’t get it in near you.
Hope this helps.
hi Trudey, thanks so much for the info! my parents and brother live in Melbourne, Australia, so i’ll ask them to look if the Timid Joe Dog Soap still exist.
once again, thank you!! 😀
mba, kayanya soap yg diblang si mas itu aku perna liat iklannya deh untuk gatal2 seperti anjing en kucing, memang kalau ada mau dibeliin nggak? nanti ta’ kirimi lewat pos biasan aja yah
wah, boleh juga tuh, fen. tapi sebelum beli, bisa tolong cek harganya dulu ga? trus sizenya segede apa sih… takutnya malah mahal kalo dikirim lewat pos. thanks banget ya, fen!
how’s koda doing ? get well soon … i love dog lotss
Haven’t seen an update in a while. Hope the puppy is okay.
In the meantime, how about something to get you writing? TAG!! http://meegs1982.blogspot.com/2008/03/me-me-me.html
Hope to “hear” from you soon.
I hope that koda is all well now! Get well soon!!
aduh kasihan banget si koda semoga dia cepat sembuh yah!
aww… it hurts to know that.
i hope koda gets well soon… she may be expensive to take care of, but nevertheless she is soooo cute and she worths it.
luv ur website, greetings from monterrey, mexico!
– patty mares
thalia where are you all?? no posts for so long; i hope everything is okay!!
…you spend a thousand on your dog?
Jadi mikir-mikir mo punya pet nggak yah. Pet yang cute, lovable, expensive. Kalo udah sayang… apa pun dihajar.
Ah! How rude! Salam kenal!
I know how busy life can be with work, family, Koda and Aina
so hope blog break will be brief and best to a great young family and wishing Kada a successful recovery marie