Okay, here I am.
About a month ago or so, I posted a picture of an "owie" on Tillie's chest, wondering what it could be. It ended up healing up and we just thought it was a scratch or something. We found 3 more on her since then, no biggie, kind of weird, but no cause for alarm. WELL, when I gave her her bath the other day, I found so many, especially behind her left ear, like a FOREST of these weird owies, scabbed over and nasty looking... then yesterday when I was giving her her top knot I found a bunch more on the TOP of her head.
That was IT, I was taking her to the vet. Despite my DH not wanting to spend the money and saying she will be fine, give it time, etc ...
Anywho, we just got back from the vet and he said it does, in fact seem to be allergies. He scrapped one of the bigger owies on her ear, poor thing, he had to get all the way down to the blood.... I was practically in tears. THEN He had to SHAVE (gulp) part of her neck to draw blood to do allergy testing (which my DH had a FIT over when I told him how much it was! ~ oh well, too late! LOL). We won't know the results for 7-10 days, but for now she is on anti-biotics to help clear up the owies. He said they are basically like pimples on a teenager. Her body pushing out the stuff she is allergic too. And he found several more patches of them upon exam, he thinks she could easily have 100 or MORE!!?
I feel like a failure. I thought Taste of the Wild was a good food? I worry about the results. He did tell me about raw feeding and was definitly pushing me in that direction, BUT I don't know if my husband will be on board with that. Tillie has always done SO good on her food, never picky, great poops.. I fear we are in for a wild ride now. And here I thought the hardest time (puppyhood) was behind us!
I guess I just needed to vent and to hear that everything is going to be okay. it WILL be okay, right?
Tillie seems no worse for the wear and is such a little trouper. I am very anxious for the results and am not quite sure how to feed her between now and then. Should I just stick with the TOW until we know for sure what she is allergic too? Should I make some chicken/carrots stuff for her? Sigh.....
oh and just to be clear, DH DOES love Tillie to peices and thinks she is a wonderful dog, BUT he does NOT like to spend $$, heck we rarely even take our HUMAN kids to the Dr, unless they are DYING (or have an ear infection.) LOL
SO, there's our story.
What has YOUR experience been with allergies? How do you feed your Hav??