Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Back from the Dermatologist!

Gina here, Vito asked me to take over this post because, well, there are some big words in this post! We are back from an expensive little visit to the dermatologist! But hopefully we will get his itching under control, he found some interesting things. The doctor found one flea on him, but he thought it seemed like a fresh one, maybe even picked up in the grass at their office before we came inside. He did not find mites, but is treating him for them regardless, since 50% of the time, mites do not show up in a scraping. He gave us Ivermectin to be given by syringe orally once every two weeks for 6 weeks. The nurse said we could put this in melted vanilla ice cream, so at least one good thing came from this visit for Vito anyway!

It's impossible to get him to look at me at the doctor's office.

He put Vito on a new (expensive) flea treatment called Vectra. He said fleas have become immune to Frontline and the like. We were only on Bio Spot as it was inexpensive and recommended to me by the Petsmart manager who uses it on his small indoor dogs.

Also, and this is probably the real cause of the itching, he found yeast AND staph in his little paws!! So he's been scratching with those and spreading it around (he found two spots of staph on his body). So we are on Fluconazole for the yeast and Cephalexin for the staph, and Prednisone for the itching. I'm supposed to call them with an update in 4 weeks.

I'm a little annoyed that my regular vet did not check for these things, but I don't really know how vets work - I guess they just don't go as indepth as a dermatologist?

So my wallet is a little lighter but of course it's worth it to figure out what's wrong with my boy.


dw said...

Aww, I'm sorry you have a lighter wallet, but hopefully everything will make Vito feel better! And mmmm, ice cream! You scored on that one, Vito! :)

Yoda & Brutus said...

Poor little guy! We hope he starts feeling better soon!!

Pugs & Kisses,

Yoda & Brutus

Salinger The Pug said...

You poor itchy baby!!!

At least you were prescribed ICE CREAM!

Keep us posted and feel better ok dude?


Sequoia & Petunia said...

Gald to hear the dr is taking good care of him. I do have one question does Vito like the bottom parts (pads) of his paws alot? Sequoia has recently and our vet hasn't done anything for that. They are pink too. Thanks for the help!

Sequoia and Jenn

Gina and Vito said...

He does lick his paws but not really the pads, more on the top like a cat. He's always done this but it has definitely gotten more frequent in the past month or so that he's gotten progressively itchier! The doc looked in between his "toes" and did a swab there. The scraping off his body and paws only cost $30 which was well worth it! (It was everything else that added up!) So I'd recommend you ask your vet to take a look in between the toes. Good luck, hope Sequoia is a-ok!

Oddly enough, tonight I swear I can smell the yeast. I recognize the smell from his many previous wrinkle infections that we finally got cleared up!

Gina (and Vito too!)

Lilo, The Great Rock Eater said...

Poor itchy baby!! We hope all those medicines help you feel better soon!! Madie has to take Pred for her itchies too!! It makes her EAT everything. Keep us posted on your progress!!



Sequoia & Petunia said...

Thanks for the answers! We hope you have fun on the trip.

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