I thought we had solved Raven’s itching & hair loss problem by eliminating chicken and fish from her diet. She was doing really well for about six months and over spring & summer had regrown quite a bit of fur. But her hair nibbling started again in September and continued despite being given steroids. She’s bitten the fur off her legs and a good portion of her tail again. It’s not as bad as last year (yet), but it’s obviously not been fixed by changing her diet. The vet thinks it was probably a coincidence that her allergies settled down when I changed her food.
We’re at a loss as to what’s causing her itching and the vet suspects we’re going to have to manage this for the rest of her life. Allergies often get worse as time goes on, so that really….pardon the expression….sucks! He’s mentioned using cyclosporine, but I’m very hesitant to use such a powerful drug. I’m more comfortable using steroids if we can find a dose that keeps her comfortable without causing too many side effects.
I know this isn’t the worst medical issue to deal with. I’m just frustrated that despite our best efforts we aren’t having much luck keeping Raven’s allergies under control. I guess we’ll just have to keep trying!
Tuesday update: I checked in with the vet and we’ve started Raven on oral prednisolone and zyrtec (cetirizine antihistamine) daily for the next two weeks. We’ll reassess after that.