Update on Skye's ear infection. Her infection was all cleared up two weeks ago. We are going day to day with it, cleaning it out once a week and watching her diet. She was also put on Advantage because of her allergy to flea bites. She does not have fleas, we never have flea issues but because of wild animals fleas can still be around to bite. Dermatologist's recommend Advantage for dogs with flea allergies.
Her allergy tests showed that she is allergic to many outside allergies, some are not even in our area. For that they recommend making a serum and getting her desensitized. That is a huge expense, daily shots for 3 months, then going to shots every month and eventually every few months for the rest of her life. There are no guarantees that it will work.
The food allergies are Lamb, Pork, Soybean, Corn and Turkey. The allergy runs on a scale of 1 to 6. The foods ran from a one to a 3 which was Lamb. If dogs are going to pick up a food allergy it will often be to something they have been eating for years.
Skye was on Purina Pro Plan Lamb for years until I started changing her diet about 4 months ago. Of course I didn't know about any of the food allergies in changing her diet. I was just going a grain free route. She actually stopped scratching her body after I started her on a new food about six weeks ago. Thankfully none of the above food items are in the food I bought her and she can stay on it. You can't believe when you start reading ingredients how many of them have those items in them!
So the most allergic item on the tests was fleas which was a number 5. So hopefully with her diet, keeping her away from those food items, using the advantage and an antihistamine when needed we can keep the ear infection under control.
We had a great time in Arizona last weekend. Michele and Pam are great hosts. We enjoyed each others company immensely. We never did get outside into the pool. We spent most of our time around the kitchen table talking, eating, drinking and laughing a lot. Had some very heavy conversations too. I brought my camera and never took a picture but I did get a few on my phone.
Their dog Stanley....
We did end up going out for dinner on Sunday and had some amazing Mexican Food. This trip was exactly what I needed. Thank you Michele and Pam for a wonderful weekend. We love you both so much!