Vet visit 20th September

I’m scheduling this for Wednesday as I’ve bombarded you all enough today as I played catch up.

Armed with readers suggestions, what we had found on the internet and a mass of questions, we took Maya to the vet today.
Thank you everyone. I am glad I had written everything down.

Our vet is friendly and Maya likes him, which is one thing that is important to us.
He makes a fuss of her and she trashes him, which he encourages as this helps make her more co-operative with him.
The teeth and gums are all good, so that is one thing of concern out of the way.
Our vet listened to what we had found on the internet and advised us accordingly.
The idea of using rapeseed oil or multi vitamins for kids was not advised as both would be unbalanced and could affect her growth.
Increasing the Omega 6 and Omega 3 was a good idea, and putting a scrambled egg in her food would not be a bad thing either, provided it didn’t affect her motions. He gave us some capsules to boost the oils in her diet, which were surprisingly reasonable in cost for a pack of 60.Β  The tea tree and lavender cream we are using is recognised by vets and is definitely helping.

We asked about the food allergy blood test which he said he was happy to do, but probably not at this stage as it could be very hit and miss if we had no idea exactly what we were looking for. This was reassuring as we have used some vets that are purely in it for the money and would have done the test regardless.
He actually thinks it is more likely to be environmental and has suggested we carry on with what we are doing and see what happens in the next few months when the weather cools and the season changes. If that doesn’t work, we can follow a set diet for a while and then he’ll do the blood test. She’ll be a year old at the end of November.

We also asked about the use of Piriton which was suggested by her breeder, and he said we could try that as it would help stop the itching, though may not be strong enough. We already know that the tablets he prescribed knocked her sideways, so maybe Piriton will be better as they are milder.Β  Our logic is if we can stop the itching, she won’t scratch and get sore spots.
Because it has been worse this past week, it is also possible that Wednesday’s class stressed her out and us humans know how much stress can affect skin conditions.

It was a good consultation. We weighed her and she has lost a kilo since last time, but is still a healthy weight at 31.5 kgs. Being off her food is probably why, and overall we have a healthy puppy.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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21 Responses to Vet visit 20th September

  1. trishsplace says:

    I love German Shepherds, the dogs we grew up with. Glad she’s doing well. 31.5kg is 10 times the weight of my cat!! A mere snack for Maya (if she were so inclined) 😁

  2. Great news to know Maya is in very capable hands and doing well.

  3. Cathy Cade says:

    We had an itchy dog . He was a rescue with thick wavy fur on his back and he started itching after a year or two. When he was itchy, his fur seemed greasy. Piriton seemed to help and we thought it could be an allergy. We later found he had glaucoma and must have been in pain from his eye. Sadly we couldn’t save his first eye and it had to be removed. He was a different dog without that eye. His remaining eye was monitored and he had laster treatment as the pressure increased so he wasn’t in pain, and he never had itchy fur again. Another rescued dog suffered for a while from a bald patch, as did my son’s young Staffie when he was moving around. both were disgnosed as a condition brought on by stress, and cleared up in due course. Stress can do strange things.
    You may already have been told this (I haven’t been following the whole conversation) but we have, at times, been given steroid tablets for dogs’ skin and other conditions. I will never again give steroids to a dog unless it is to strengthen them in their final weeks (as long as they were pain-free). Steroid tablets will change the nature of your dog and it will permanently be hungry.

    • Thanks for the tip on steroids. We’ve only been giving her the oil capsules and Piriton for two days so it’s a bit early to tell, but she seems less itchy today. We think the flare up last week was down to stress following a bad dog class as she was the only bitch and two dogs went for her, a third did nothing but bark at her and the fourth was docile so she stayed close to him. We have met up with several dogs since, and class on Sunday was a mix of dogs and bitches and she was OK apart from one lab, a bitch, which doesn’t like GSDs having been attacked by one as a pup. This one went for two of the puppies in class but Maya gave her a wide berth as much as she could.

  4. Nope, Not Pam says:

    It’s good to see your vet listens, must be such a relief to have someone trustworthy helping you with Maya 😊

  5. willowdot21 says:

    I am so pleased that Maya is doing well on the whole. Having a good friendly vet makes all the difference. I hope the itching gets sorted soon πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

  6. murisopsis says:

    Wonderful news! I hope the capsules boost her omega-3 & 6 levels to help with the skin integrity and the stress can definitely be an issue along with environmental factors. We always saw more problems when the seasons would change… You vet sounds like a good guy with Maya’s best interests in mind!

  7. Carol anne says:

    Oh, that is awesome! I’m glad she’s healthy! I am glad the vet is good, and not just in it for the money. He seems like a nice guy who knows his stuff. Xx

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