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Celeste is allergified

The vet thinks Celeste has seasonal allergies. Hydrocortisone, eye ointment and benadryl. If that doesn't help, possible prednisone (which I'd like to avoid). She also was rabified and distemperified. Go team vaccine, go.

I brought Mina along, because I am a dork. Two English Setters looked at Mina funny, so she rudely told them their spots looked funny. I'm proud to say that Mina did not bark and was able to redirect her attention to me with the aid of some cookies and me mushing her head into my leg.

Celeste showed off her mad skillz of not being a freakazoid by being calm and collected. I told Mina she should be ashamed - she told me I should not have brought her to the vet as "emotional support". Oh well.

In good news, the bill? Under a $100! That's a first.

PS: The vet called Celeste Miss Spazalot. I like it. Oh yeah, Celeste weighs 34 pounds and Mina is still at 38.5.



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Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
other things for allergies - there are other antihistamines, no tto mention that the half-life for benadryl in dogs is tiny! she'll need one or two several times a day, up to around 8 or so a day. i can't remember the name of the other drug right now... also, add more fish oil to the diet, that really helps... biotin also good to add for skin health (and it sort of chills dogs out) so try anything and everything else before prednisone. dandelion tea also can be helpful.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)

The Benadryl is supposed to be just for when I leave for work, though I can give the 25mg up to three times a day. It sounded like more for my sake than Celeste's. :) I'm going to try the topical stuff first.

There is another herbal remedy we will try if the topical stuff doesn't work.

She's already on 2,000 mg of fish oil and gets one egg a day. She also gets a multivitamin.

I definitely don't want to do prednisone, if it can be avoided. The vet agrees with this. It would be a last resort.

It's so frustrating to watch her suffer like this.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
blech, allergies suck. right now the biggest pollen generator is tree pollen, and that should be dying down soon. then it goes to grass pollen...

she rudely told them their spots looked funny. i dont think the could have been a better way to say that. i love your way with words, and minas reactions. and i like miss spazalot as a nickname for celeste.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
I wonder if it's different in different localities!

Out here, the grass pollens increase dramatically in April. Harvest of various hays start up in mid-May and is starting to wind-down locally.

I think Celeste's allergies started close to the time that mine did, so we may be allergic to the same outdoor allergens.

Thanks for the compliment - I'm so curious what their actual words would be if they could talk (or would it just be incoherent rantings?)

Miss Spazalot fits Celeste to a tee. The vet kindly said that it was great the eye meds could go ON/IN the eye, seeing how Celeste is such a squirmy bug (yes, she called her a bug). :)
Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
I can't believe that Celeste weighs almost as much as Mina. I always picture her as a tiny little pup.

Allergies suck but at least you know what is wrong.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
Me too, really. I am SLOWLY creating her 1-yr ani post; looking back at her pics, egad she was so tiny!

I heaved a sigh of relief when the vet suggested seasonal allergies before food allergies. Of course, if the symptom-treating doesn't work, we'll have to go to an elimination died (which I would dread!) So, cross our fingers and paws it's just seasonal allergies!
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