Sorry! I don't think I was clear. The vet said that the Prednisone would effect his appetite in a way that'd make him hungrier. So what I meant was that I don't understand why a dog who is hungrier and eating up all of his food and wanting more is losing weight.
We had another vet visit yesterday because Zeus suddenly developed a huge lump on his back out of the blue. It freaked the heck out of me, so we went to the vet immediately. Turned out to be an abscess, and now he's on an antibiotic called Clindamycin and a Purina ProPlan probiotic supplement because his stools, although not diarrhea, have been really soft and she didn't want the new meds to mess with his stools/digestion. He's up to 71lbs now, although that's still 3lbs lighter than what he was on the 19th of February. We're upping his food to 6 cups a day (3cups in the morning, 3 in the afternoon, per vet's orders).
, he didn't have as many symptoms in Texas. The only thing he really had a problem with was the irritation on his neck area. Now, he's starting to lick his paws a lot, which we brought up to the vet. She said he may have an environmental allergy and suggested we try wiping down his paws when he comes in from outside. I've got to do a lot better with that because he goes outside A LOT now due to the Prednisone. He urinates super often. When you wipe your dog's paws down, do you just use water and a rag or do you use special pet wipes to do so? I asked about possible food allergies, and she said that in order to properly diagnose that he'd have to eat a special food for about 3 months, no treats or anything other than the food, and monitor how he does. I'm game to do anything to help my buddy, but she wanted a stool sample to check for any possible internal parasites. I should be getting a call with those results either tomorrow or Monday. I'm going to bring it up again with his regular vet. This one was a random vet since we were a walk in.
Last thing, I promise. I gave Zeus a bath on...Tuuuesday (maybe Wednesday) because I thought maybe it'd help with his itchiness AND he hadn't had a bath since....maybe...November? All natural shampoo and conditioner. But I've noticed now that he's super dandruffy. It's way dryer here in NM than in TX so I'm thinking that may be the issue. I got organic coconut oil to hopefully combat his dry skin, but I'm not sure if I should rub it on him every day or once a week or what. Any advice on that? And he licks it off immediately after (or as) I'm putting it on, so I'm not even sure how much is getting and staying on his fur! I'm going to try giving him a little to eat (1/4 tsp to start out with). I also want to add Omega 3 supplements to help out with his skin.
So much with this guy! lol. He's lucky I love him to pieces!