so, on the previous bald spots story, we have decided that koda’s compulsive chewing (on herself) problem is caused by seasonal allergy. since then, i’ve been paying closer attention on the time when the itch starts and ends.
we sort of know that koda stops itching around march. she will shed for a few weeks, regrow her fur, looking really good and fluffy for the summer.
we also know that usually, the peak of her itch comes around late november or december. during this time, she will be bleeding almost everyday… mostly on the tummy area, where it’s all chewed up and scarred. her legs bleed too, but not as bad as the tummy area. the area around her muzzle and her eyes are usually fur-less and wounded from too much scratching. she’s also unable to eat (the itch distracts her so much that she just keeps scratching instead of finishing her food). there are times when she can’t even go down the stairs. she had to scratch and bite herself on every step! she loses her weight and becomes very, very unhappy.
starting about a week ago, koda starts to shed her summer coat… she changes her coat twice a year. a few days after the shedding began, i started to notice a few bald spots on her legs and upper hind legs. within next three days, the spots got bigger and joined together.
so, i guess this year, the allergy flared at the end of august…
today, we took her to the vet to ask for some Atopica, the same medicine that koda took the last time she had the fit.
Atopica works similarly to steroids (lowering antibody, so that the allergy doesn’t flare up), but only on skin. if koda takes steroids, her skin won’t itch that much, but she may get sick easily. Atopica helps her deal with her itch and also keep her anibody high. the only problem with this medicine is that the price is almost $100 per 2 weeks. a bit steep, but the other option is the elaborate test explained on the bald spot part 3 story, which will cause us about $2k-3k.
we’re hoping that by giving her the medicine early, she won’t be going through the peak of the allergy. hopefully, she can skip that miserable time of the year.