Calling All Dog Lovers…

Several months ago I introduced you to one of my dogs, Jack, following a serious reaction to a new medicine (vet’s recommendation).  Why?  Because Jack has some issues with his skin.  So does our other dog, Shadow, but to a much lesser degree.

And I’ve spent a small fortune trying to resolve this problem for both of them. Skin tests, blood tests, medication, special shampoos…including one that made the house smell horrible for days.  It also ruined an entire load of towels because no matter how many times they were washed, the one towel made the rest of them reek.  And poor Shadow?  It was hard to be in the same room with her for about ten days.

A woman who worked at the animal shelter where we got Shadow thought she might be 6-8 years old, which would make her 11-13 years old now.  This picture was taken shortly after she came to live with us.

For those who don’t remember, this is Jack…

My boy!  Isn’t he gorgeous?  I just love how expressive his eyes are!

The purpose of my post today is not to show off my dogs.  Well, not entirely.  Mostly it’s to ask for some help.

I’ve tried everything to help with the skin conditions.  Two different veterinarians haven’t been able to figure out what’s wrong…and said that it’s highly unlikely that both of them could have food allergies (but we’re picking up a different kind of food tomorrow, just in case).   They just finished two months of bi-weekly shots that were supposed to take care of the problem.

We’ve ripped out all of the carpet just in case they were allergic to something in that.  None of the meds, natural remedies, shampoos or spray on treatments have helped.  They drink bottled water because what comes from the well is so nasty, and I’m not giving them softened water.  And I use a hypoallergenic laundry detergent for their bedding.

Has anyone ever had a dog with an itchy skin condition that seems to have no cause…or cure?  They don’t have fleas, ticks, mites, mange, or any number of other things they’ve been tested for.

I just want them happy and comfortable again.  Amazingly enough, the cats are fine.  Could two different breeds of dogs be allergic to cats?

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