Hey everyone! My buddy Zeus had his dermatology apppointment this past Thursday. Here's how it went.
The dermatologist suspects he has an environmental allergy. We won't know what exactly he's allergic to unless we do skin testing. There are 70 allergens they test for for this region (Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico). Then, once it's figured out what he's allergic to, he'd go through desensitization therapy, which they say is a process that can last 6 months to a year. My husband and I aren't sure if we'll do the testing or not for a few reasons. Mostly cost. I need to look up and see how much, if any, our pet insurance will cover. And looked up pictures and it looks like they shave off a big patch of hair to do the testing, and Zeus's fur grows back so slowly (the little patch his vet shaved for his abscess 3 weeks ago still hasn't grown back. Not sure how long fur takes to grow, but his seems to be taking a while..). So I'm afraid they'll shave him and he'll have this big block of exposed skin with fur that doesn't want to grow back! I also am nervous about having to give him his injections, but there is also an option to give him his allergerns orally, so if we do end up doing the tests, I'll likely choose the oral option.
His neck area also tested positive for yeast. His paperwork specifically says "keratin and rare Malassezia".
For his treatment, he was given 16mg of Apoquel to take once daily and Douxo Chlorhexidine Mousse to put on his neck and chest. The vet tech said some clients opt to not do skin testing and choose to just give the Apoquel meds. I remember someone here mentioning that their doberman was on this medication for allergies. I read good things about it and the vet seemed confident that it'd clear up his neck area and help his fur to grow back. Here's hoping.
I still think he has the coccidia.
His poops haven't improved. Still loose and puddinglike. I sent another stool sample to his regular vet yesterday, so waiting for the results on that. Fingers crossed.