|Whose idea was it to take me to the dermatologist?|
Ozzie has been itchy for about two years. I have treated him exactly like I would have told any owner to treat one of my patients. He has had antibiotics for skin infections, flea and tick treatments religiously, treatments for possible mites, hypoallergenic diets...the works. He still scratches. After all of those treatments failed, just like I would have told my clients, I decided that he has atopy. That is the term for environmental allergies. I blood tested him with the hope of formulating an allergy shot, but the blood test came up with nothing. That left us scheduling a trip to the veterinary dermatologist for skin testing, something that I cannot do myself in general practice. We saw Dr. Brian Palmeiro, a board certified veterinary dermatologist, who, by the way, is fantastic. Ozzie was a great candidate for skin testing, as he really only had a rash on his belly, and his sides where allergy testing is done still had perfectly beautiful, healthy skin. As Dr. Palmeiro injected 66 allergens under the skin of my sleepy little dog, I was happy and excited when I saw hive after hive appear at most of the locations. Finally, I would be able to start allergy shots with the hope of making him eventually comfortable. Once he was awake, I comforted him and told him that all would be well, slathered a little hydrocortisone on the skin test site (his entire left side) and we went home with three vials of hope in a bottle.
|I hope that these work!|
|My rash hurts.|
|None of this is helping.|
These are the experiences that I hope make me a better veterinarian.