Currently, I have a dog who's about 13 or 14 years old—no one in the family can remember when we got him. He came into our family as a puppy and has had a long and well-loved life. To this day, if you call or yell his name from outside, and if he's on the other side of the house sleeping, he's not going to hear you. In the off-chance that he does hear, he'll probably then have problems trying to find you, not knowing exactly where you are. He has slight arthritis and trouble seeing, but the old man still barks at people who walk in the streets and when the mailman drops by—of course, that's only if he's lying near our other dog, who's also a senior at 11. Otherwise, he'll never know someone is coming towards the house.
Day 14-15: Radiation sucks. The burns just appeared out of nowhere. I thought it would be a gradual thing where she lost the hair first then get a sunburn then blisters. Nope… it went straight to horrible red and yellow blisters below both eyes. We are trying to stick to her medication schedule as closely as possible but you can tell she is in pain. She is shaking and just sitting and staring at random walls. We alternate between to different creams, Silver Sulfadiazine ($20) and Xclair ‘Radiation Dermatitis Symptom Relief’ cream ($80) that are supposed to bring relief to the burn areas. She is being really great about us sticking our fingers in her oozing burns and waits at least 5 minutes before sneaking off and rubbing it off.
Rex has food and environmental allergies. His vet had his blood tested and it showed that he was allergic to beef, dairy, eggs, rice, oats, barley, lamb, and a little bit to turkey. The vet put him on Hill’s DD and said limit the treats. Eventually all of the fur he’d scratched off grew back, but he still gets very itchy in the spring/summer when he goes in the water a lot and the wood and weeds where we hike grow higher. I eventually took him off the Hill’s and put him on Natural Balance fish and potato and when he was bored last winter tried the duck and sweet potato. I use carrots for treats and occasionally make him a sweet potato or give him some fresh or cooked fish or chicken. He gets salmon or fish oil every day and if he is really itchy a couple of benedryl. I would like to try the yeast starvation diet with chicken or fish, but what would I use in place of the eggs and their shclls for calcium? Thank you for you suggestions.