We have the allergy results in for Watson :0) Well, not 100% but we do at least have some information and a starting point. He had sedation and then a skin prick test, and what it showed was that he was allergic to one of the 7 grasses he was tested for, and 4 of the 7 dust mites, and also one yeast. However, he only scored a 1 or 2 out of ten for the allergies, and being so young they could be false positives, so we will have the tests done again in January when he is over 1 year old.
In the meantime, we have to wash him once a week with a special shampoo that should get rid of any yeast. We also still can give him apoquel when the itching is bad and I feel better about this drug now that he has had bloods taken and they have come back normal. We also have to start working on dust mite prevention – we have already purchased the protective covers for the duvet, mattress, and pillows which is a great start, but the other big problem is the carpet. Watson sleeps in our room and we like that, but the vet said the best thing for him was to NOT sleep on a carpet.
We are going to try the bedding covers and see how that helps, as well as washing all his different beds at 60 degrees weekly, and washing him of course, and see if that helps and take it from there. We may remove the carpets and put down wooden floors, but its not cheap. I’m hesitant to use any sprays as they can cause other problems such as respiratory problems, but I might look into something I can put in my Vax carpet cleaner.
I’m just happy we finally have an idea of the enemy we are fighting! I’m also delighted that we can now give him some different food and hence some nutrients :0)
How cute is this little hoody that Kev’s team bought for Watson?!