January 17, 2021

Buster’s Recovery Part 2- Amazing transformation

Buster has had chronic skin infections, allergies, and ear infections  for over two years and suffered major hair loss on his chest.  He is a 31 pound 12 year old mix of possible puggle and other things.

Five months ago in July he looked like this:

 

 

Today he looks like this:

As you can see, much of his hair grew back, and his hard, scaly blackened skin became soft and supple again! How? CBD and fish oil every day.

Here is what I learned:

He most likely has more than one allergy.  The only one we know for sure is he has allergic reactions to flea bites that is pretty severe, but he most likely has environmental allergies that could be most anything, and possibly a food allergy.  The only solution to end the suffering of the allergies is medical.  There is NO natural way to relieve advanced allergic reactions.  Determining what all he is allergic too is very expensive and time consuming and I have elected to give him a monthly 50 dollar shot for basically the rest of his life.  We are not sure what the cause is of the chronic ear infection but it could be tied to an allergy as well. He now gets medication for that too.  The CBD oil and salmon fish oil has given him new hair growth, a  healthy coat  and soft supple skin. It has kept his entire coat and skin healthier while the medication keeps the allergic reactions at bay.

When he was at his worst, he had skin infections all over his body and in both ears, scabs, sore spots, and bald spots all up and down his back, around his tail, and in his leg pits. All that is back to normal now.

The medications he took for his latest outbreak a month ago was

Cytopoint. This medication alters the body’s itch cycle. According to the vet it is an injection of dog -specific anti-body that is given under the skin- like a vaccine. According to my vet it is more effective than steroids and without the side effects that steroids has.  The shots are about a month apart…or whenever they start scratching again. Some dogs can go much longer between shots.

Claro® (florfenicol, terbinafine, mometasone furoate) Otic Solution for his ear infection.  This is administrated by the vet.  Your vet puts it in the ear and it lasts for 30 days.

 

Buster most likely has Atopy, a genetic tendency to develop allergic diseases. These pets have a heightened immune response to common allergens.  There is no cure for allergies but they can be managed. 

 

I have known people in the past whose dogs are constantly scratching and even have hair loss and do nothing about it, or somehow thinks it is normal. I did not even act on it as quickly as I should have.  It is tortuous for the dog.  To keep scratching until the skin is infected. combined with the pain and itching,  the dog is just in agony 24/7.  Buster sleeps beside me and when he started whimpering while he was sleeping it just broke my heart.  The sooner you start treating it medically before it advances, the cheaper it will cost you in the long run.  

 

Buster’s routine

Buster now has a health routine.  One dropper full of CBD oil every morning and evening.  Of course I use Pet Releaf CBD for pets.  I also give him one squirt of Alaska Naturals Wild Salmon oil with every meal. 

The CBD oil also contains some coconut oil, so he is actually getting three kinds of natural oil in his food every day that have health benefits. He gets one CBD soft chew every night and I alternate between a dental chew stick for small dogs, and a gourmet chew which currently is cow tails- every 2 or 3 days, (the amount of time it takes for him to eat one chew stick).  He also gets a digestive aid chew treat every day.

 

I am also now brushing his teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste made for dogs and cats! Its actually pretty cool and much easier than I thought it would be.  He likes the taste of it- chicken flavor.

 

 

 

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