Oh Dog! It’s Sunday, so gather ’round and visit for a spell with your Dear Ole’ DeDe!!!!
I’ve had a bit of a setback recently.
Jen was asked to try a new formulation of the Innova food, so both Rumpy and I tried. There was no corn or wheat, so we hoped all would be well. Besides, I loved it!
But this week Jen noticed a spot on my leg from where I’d been licking, so she took me off the food and we’re doctoring that spot so I leave it be and let it heal up.
When you hear the story of my allergies, you’ll know why this is a big deal. Ya see, soon after I started living with Jen, I began licking my leg, and it caused a sore spot. Thus began a two-year odyssey with trying to find out why I did this and how to treat it.
At one point the lick granuloma were so bad the vet feared I might lose my leg. When they wrapped my leg in a cast to keep my from licking it, I began to lick my other leg.
And after all other treatment methods failed, I was put on an antidepressant. I still licked, but more slowly.
Jen was almost ready to call it quits. She was a wreck and doing alot of self-blaming. After all, no one SAID she was at fault, but there was always that insinuation.
Finally, in desperation, she began trying to change my diet on her own and find out what the problem was. She eliminated all corn and wheat from my diet, and within two weeks the problem abated.
Thing is, Jen had asked the vets if it might be some sort of allergy and was told no. They never recommended testing me or anything.
So that’s why Jen is always very careful now when dealing with vets. They are well-educated, and they are well-meaning, but they don’t have all the answers.
Like the vet who told Jen to get Rumpy shaved so he’d be cooler. It was obvious this guy had no clue how bad an idea that really was, so we stopped seeing him.
So have a good week everybody, and send those healing thoughts to my poor old leg!