Anyone by chance notice that this season was worse than last?
I'm the proud owner of the hives the OP posted
. Last year, Veronica was 1 and it was OK...she had some hives, got some prednisone, took some antibiotics...but it was not constant. I was thinking it was seasonal, and did not want to do the allergy shots which are year round because I've generally come to believe that "less is best" when it comes to medicine.
Then comes this year. The vet I have loved for almost 20 years kept sticking her with steroid injections and giving her prednisone. Unacceptable. Tried a new vet...a large practice...which I have always not liked because I felt it was impersonal (well actually they do a very good job) but Veronica saw 3 vets (3 different opinions) and no satisfactory results. This year she has been on antibiotics since July 27th (allergic reaction turning into bacterial infection), with a little prednisone mixed in. She's still on antibiotics.
I had no choice but to go to the dermatologist. I heard people say "allergies get worse as the dog gets older" and thought to myself "Holy crap...worse than this and she'll have symptoms year round".
I did find, as Tia said; wiping down after outside play helped last year (this year, no; but then again even benadryl wasn't all that helpful this year, without the other stuff added in.)
So as it stands she is on an antibiotic now (still) - a different one from the dermatologist; with 3 more weeks to go. Her hives are almost completely gone, she looks better than she has all summer. (the dermatologist also gave us medicated shampoo, earwash and ear meds as she had gotten a yeast infection in 1 ear and spray for her butt as she had a yeasty hotspot under her tail) She's still itchy as she licks her paws and nibbles her side/butt...but she can't take anytrhing for that as it would mess with her allergy testing scheduled for 11/13. I really don't want to do it, as they will sedate her and I hate
that...but I don't feel I have a choice. I really don't think either of us want to live through aother summer like this one.