Allergy Season – Atopica

Tierce in his cone... last year? We don't want to go back to this.

Tierce has started scratching again.  We caught it early and upped his Atopica from 2xweek to every day.  It seems to be working; he isn’t scratching as badly today and he’s been on the new regime nearly 2 weeks.  I hope this works, because I don’t want to be going back to the cone/T-shirt of previous years.  I don’t care how much medication he needs.

He had been scratching at his eyes and some of his hair around there is missing.  No hair seems to be missing today, but his eyebrows have that worn look that proves he’s been at them in the last few days.  Also, his chest is receiving some attention – not enough to make it raw, but enough to make it tacky.  This together is enough to make me have an attack of the screaming meemies whenever his hind leg starts to thump.

We are really happy that we seem to have found the answer to the nausea caused by the Atopica – a full anti-nauseant pill instead of a half makes ALL the difference.  That and Mischa feeds him his pill in the morning or early afternoon and he doesn’t have his meal until later in the evening.  The vet recommended keeping the pills in the fridge, but this hasn’t seemed to affect the nausea for Tierce, so down the little don’t-barf-on-the-carpet pill goes.

And it’s great that he doesn’t need Prednisone and other steroids.  It’s definitely good for dogs who can’t have anything else, but it’s really hard on the innards.

Right now, Tierce is sacking out on the floor after a trip to the dog park.  He scratched a little while he was there, but it wasn’t intense and he stopped when I yelled at him.

I’m also wondering if some of his itchiness is due to the fact that he’s going to be shedding any day now.  He’s losing regular amounts of random hair, but not the big clumps that we all know and love.  He looks absolutely gorgeous, but all that hair is a detriment once the weather turns warm.

I’m crossing my fingers that our early intervention will make all the difference.  So far, so good… his doctor is full up on Saturdays until June 12th, so I think Mischa is going to have to take him in during the week with my blessing (and bank card).


In other news, work is going apace on Shiba Inu Canada.  I’ve never done a newsletter before, but it is kind of fun to put everything together.  Fun and maddening, because MS Word doesn’t always think the same way I do.


Happy Canada Day!


Tierce enjoyed Canada Day.  We went down to Nanaimo’s downtown and ended up at Maffeo-Sutton Park and Swy-A-Lana Lagoon.  Tierce enjoyed splashing around in the water at the Lagoon.

He doesn’t like actual swimming, but will paddle about, run through the water and try to grab things floating in it as long as the water is only chest height.  There has only been one instance of him actually leaving the comfort of the bottom to swim for a stick and he hasn’t repeated the experiment.  The bridge in the top photo has steps on the other side that lead to a rocky area where Tierce could run without clotheslining people.

In the course of the day, we had many people ask, “What kind of dog is that?”, comment that, “It looks like a little fox!” and ask if they could pet Tierce.  Tierce was distracted by the crowds, but was mostly polite to people and deigned to sniff hands and in one case lick the cheek of a toddler who was regarding him rather seriously.

Tierce has been having some problems with itching again.  It’s not as bad as last time, but is sufficient to thin the hair around his eyes and forehead and give me an attack of the screaming meemies every time he starts chewing on his forelegs.  He has a vet appointment on Friday.  I’m wondering if the Atopica is a little too heavy to use on this, as it seemed to come as soon as the heat of summer set in and may just be a pollen issue that an allergy shot would cure.  I do love the Atopica – it solved his problems last time, but if something milder would help him, then I’d rather do that.   I’d like to get an Aloe Vera plant and see if it helps cool his skin down.  Of course, he might just lick it off parts of his body he can reach.tiercewater

The neutering incision healed up perfectly and I flatter myself that Tierce is being less of an asshole around other dogs.  He met a male Doberman today that he was trying to play with.  I have hesitated thus far at letting him into the dog park again.  On leash is one thing; off leash and having unrestricted access to balls and sticks is another.

It flabbergasts me, though, how many people allow or encourage their dogs to come up to a strange dog without asking if said dog is okay with other dogs.  If I’m pulling my dog back, sticking my leg out or telling my dog to keep his nose to himself, does that say to you, “Why my dog just loves other dogs!  By all means, let yours come up and tangle his leash with mine.”  I’ve had to tell people that Tierce isn’t good with other dogs – he mostly is, but people who assume strange dogs are universally friendly often assume the same of their own dogs when the opposite is patently true.

We came home fairly early – we had run down to the downtown area from mid-city and had walked around for a couple of hours, so we were pretty tired.  I confess that it’s nice to have a boyfriend with his own car when your legs are telling you that you’ve run 6 km yesterday and run/walked between 5 and 10 km today.  Tierce should sleep well tonight; I know I will.