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Author Topic: UPDATE on Sudden Allergic Reactivity at Age 7: Page 2, She has MANGE :(  (Read 1372 times)
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« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2017, 09:39:25 AM »

Thank you, Sandie! I really appreciate your help and support! Hugs!
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« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2017, 09:02:59 AM »

The results from Bella's allergy panels came back and she is allergic to... a lot... almost every single grass and tree, dust, etc., green beans, wheat, peanuts, rice, carrots, barley, soy, white potatoes, and sweet potatoes. I am meeting the doctor tomorrow to get the full list and to discuss options for her care. I also switched to The Honest Kitchen Turkey and Parsnip food, which doesn't contain any of her known allergens. I also ordered some paw wipes to keep by the door, so I can try to remove some of the pollen when she comes in from a walk.

I feel so bad that she had just eaten almost an entire carrot (during her Easter photo shoot) right before I got the call with her list of allergies.
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« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2017, 09:12:45 AM »

Also, I changed the title of the post since clearly the new Acana formulation was not itself to blame for Bella's troubles.
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« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2017, 09:17:33 AM »

Wonderful photo!

My goodness, that seems to be a very broad range of allergens!  Should be interesting to deal with.  I'm sorry you and she have to figure this out.
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« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2017, 09:24:15 AM »

Thank you. The vet was shocked by the results. I think they thought I was being dramatic about how uncomfortable she was. I know my baby!

If I didn't remember her adoption day so clearly, I'd swear she was my biological daughter, since I am allergic to the same environmental allergens!  Laughing

I have all this guilt about moving her from our paved city life to this grassy suburban neighborhood, and having two kids that drop crackers etc. The human kids are going on snack lockdown and will have to be stationary when eating from now on. (Not really a bad habit anyway!!)

Ugh.
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« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2017, 11:30:36 AM »

That's an adorable picture!! Darwin starting having allergies over the summer too- they figured it was redwood fronds and didn't test him. He did get much better in the winter, so I'm thinking that's right. We didn't change anything else. Good luck with Bella- at least now you know what to avoid (even if it's really, really hard to avoid all that).
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« Reply #21 on: April 16, 2017, 05:24:46 PM »

Thanks, Chris! Bella loves to model for me. 💕

It is good to have some answers, even though it will be hard to avoid many of her triggers. I am thinking of making an outdoor stone cover area by the house for her to use as a potty. Maybe some boots for the yard. She has always preferred to walk on sidewalks or pavement rather than on the grass. As you said, the winter should bring some respite.

Does Darwin take any medication?
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« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2017, 11:17:30 PM »

The medication is a long story. He had one cortisone shot, because he was having fairly severe symptoms (wheezing and skin secondary bacterial infection). After that, they gave him some sort of immunization against allergies. He also had a medicated shampoo. The knee issue followed and he was started on daily anti inflammatories. Honestly, I saw the biggest difference after the steroid shot, but I know that's not something to be taken lightly, and we won't be repeating it unless things are quite grim again. They told me I could use benadryl as needed, but I really haven't. The redwood fronds are just as common as dust here, but we had so much wind and rain this winter that it really did a good job clearing them away for the time being. We'll see.
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« Reply #23 on: April 17, 2017, 05:41:57 PM »

Poor sweet little Darwin, he has been through so much. Steroids made a huge difference for Bella, too, but like you, I am very cautious of them.
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« Reply #24 on: April 17, 2017, 06:24:48 PM »

We saw the vet today and reviewed the allergy test results. For now, Bella will continue with apoquel once a day and we ordered the custom serum for her to start immunotherapy shots. They won't be effective for about a year if ever, but we are giving it a shot (pun intended).
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« Reply #25 on: April 19, 2017, 06:21:49 PM »

Lovely pic ,she is so cute .At least you now know what to avoid .I know its impossible to avoid all those things, but at least you know what ones you can.I hope things get better soon. Alison
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« Reply #26 on: April 19, 2017, 07:05:37 PM »

Thank you, Alison! Bella will get the first immunotherapy shot tomorrow. I hope they help her eventually!

We are donating lots and lots of dog food and treats that she can't eat anymore. At least Bella will experience the joy of giving!!
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« Reply #27 on: April 30, 2017, 09:04:02 AM »

I have a shocking update about Bella. We finally had our appointment with the canine dermatologist at the specialist hospital and he was absolutely wonderful. He listened to my long and winding story about how Bella suddenly started with her extreme allergy, all the medications we've tried, different shampoos and groomers, the food changes, etc. Lota of details! At the time of our appointment, Bella was on Cytopoint and Apoquel, had started immunotherapy, and was still pretty uncomfortable and not herself. He thought there was more to the story than allergies, though she does have a lot of allergies.

By the end of the visit, he had diagnosed her with canine scabies, aka SARCOPTIC MANGE!!! How can sweet, loved, fluffy Bella have mange?!! I could die. Of course I did not believe it and interrogated him about how it could possibly happen since she lives a life of pampered luxury and is well-kept in our clean house. She's about as far from a junkyard thug as one could get!

Apparently, it is highly contagious between dogs, and I told him Bella has very limited interaction with other dogs. She hasn't gone to a dog park since we lived in the city, the Bichon picnic hasn't occurred since last spring, and she is only "friends" with our neighbor's dog who hasn't been sick. She had been to the vet many, many times since developing her severe "allergy."

He asked about the grooming environment and I told her that we had just (several days prior) found a wonderful new groomer who relocated close to our house and she only has one dog in the salon at a time. The two previous times we had tried having her groomed by a mobile groomer, who obviously only had one dog at a time in his van. The first time was just a bath and blowout to try him out and it went fine. The second time was a full groom and he only had Bella in the van for a little over an hour for a bath, blowout, and haircut. That is not enough time, so I suspected he was not being particularly gentle and careful. He mentioned that he had groomed 14 other dogs before Bella and was exhausted. I got a bad feeling about him. Plus, Bella seemed particularly relieved to get away from him. So, obviously we continued our search for a great groomer that isn't in another state. (Literally I had been dragging both kids across state lines an hour away every month and hanging around waiting to pick her up!)

The vet really honed in on the information about the mobile groomer and while he could not officially confirm that as the source of the scabies, he said that in a small contained space like the back of a van, it is exceedingly critical to thoroughly disinfect between dogs, and that if he or any groomer reuses a towel that has dried another animal or launders the towel at an insufficient temperature and dry time, it is very likely for the next dog who encounters the towel to be become infected. Sarcoptic mites can survive on surfaces for days.

He gave her an oral treatment that should completely rid her of the mites within a month, malaseb shampoo, an antibiotic, and instructions to stop the Apoquel at once. All of the steroids and immunomodulating drugs lower the immune system and have been making it hard for her body to fight off the mites. I am so upset. I feel like I failed her and she should have been treated for this from the start. I saw 3 different vets and asked all of them a thousand questions about why or how she would so abruptly have these extreme problems if not from the food changes. I feel like they should've done more, and ruled out scabies from the very start. Having now scoured the internet for knowledge about it, it seems so obvious that it should've been caught early. She presented as a textbook scabies case and not as a typical allergy patient. Standard practice is to treat for scabies if it cannot be ruled out, and then begin looking for allergic or other causes. Instead, I just came home with more and more drugs that were suppressing her ability to recover from the mites. I could just cry and cry, I am so beside myself. THANK GOD I kept the dermatology appointment even though I thought I had the answers after the allergy test. I honestly thought he was just going to give her a second opinion that we could only do so much since she was so allergic. I could've lost my sweet baby if she continued to go untreated and drugged with meds that gave the mites the upper hand.

Anyway, clearly I am not handling this well and I have barely slept because I am continuously disinfecting the entire house so bella doesn't get reinfested from any mites in the environment. I had to shave her beautiful fluff off and dip her in this disgusting sulfur product that smells awful and turned her remaining hair yellow. She has to be contained to a small area so she doesn't spread any mites around the house before they have died off. I have to change my clothes and shower after cuddling her, which I'm not even supposed to be doing, but YEAH RIGHT. Like I am going to let her go through all this and shun her at the same time? No.

The only positives are that now she can hopefully be cured of her dramatic recent symptoms, and the allergy shots may help her with her allergies eventually. I cannot wait to put this nightmare behind us!!
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« Reply #28 on: April 30, 2017, 09:34:56 AM »

Oh I somehow forgot to add that I had to take her to the ER because she scratched the entire underside of her stomach raw after we stopped the apoquel and as the mites were dying off. (They release all their toxins as they die and it is the worst itch a dog can experience.) They gave her an intramuscular injection of Benadryl and gabapentin, which is a heavy duty painkiller. They seemed to numb her just enough, but the disgusting sulfur lyme bath is what helped the most.

I'm just trying to put all the information in this post in case it ever helps someone.
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« Reply #29 on: April 30, 2017, 09:40:13 AM »

This is after the gabapentin, Benadryl, "haircut," and Lyme Sulfer dip. She looks like a bowl of Ramen noodles, and smells like rotting eggs, but she felt better afterwards so well worth it.
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