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Don't worry... but we are gonig to the vet today!

post #1 of 23
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Dr Claw is going back to the vet today. His coat is in bad shape, so we are going to work up another game plan. I'm going to see if she can totally shave him down.

Can I have vibes that this visit isn't too expensive? I love my vet, but I think that I've paid off half of her student loans!
post #2 of 23
Many LOW COST VET VISIT vibes headed your way!
post #3 of 23
More <<low cost vet bill vibes>> are coming your way.
post #4 of 23
Yup, I hear ya on the $$$! Good luck. Poor Dr Claw, I really hope this works for him.
post #5 of 23
aww, wont they do a buy two visits get one free - think you are owed a few Hope Dr Claw gets some good news
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aww, wont they do a buy two visits get one free - think you are owed a few Hope Dr Claw gets some good news
I'd love it if she did that! Like a coffee card for vet visits!
post #7 of 23
Good luck with Doc - and may he not retaliate!
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I'd love it if she did that! Like a coffee card for vet visits!
hey, maybe you should suggest it
post #9 of 23
Sending lots of quick, easy, and cheap vibes to you! BTW have you tried a hydrocortizone shampoo on him? Worked wonders for Kitters!
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Sending lots of quick, easy, and cheap vibes to you! BTW have you tried a hydrocortizone shampoo on him? Worked wonders for Kitters!
No! But I shall ask for some at the vet today!
post #11 of 23
Good luck at the vets!!!!!
post #12 of 23
Good luck at the vet's office!
post #13 of 23
good luck....and about the cortizone shampoo - what's that all about. . .luxor's coat is not all that great around his neck from itching. . . .
post #14 of 23
Good luck!!!!! ((((((low cost vibes))))))) Let us know how it goes!
post #15 of 23
Have you been yet?? What time is the appointment?
post #16 of 23
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Have you been yet?? What time is the appointment?
$190.00 later we are back! We are still in the rule out process of what this could be. So far we know it's not: mites, fleas, dermatitis, auto-immune, fungus or food. What we are perusing now: environmental. I made an appointment with a dermatologist for July, and he's on Revolution and a vitamin supplement right now. We are doing a second round of blood testing, so I should know the results of that in the morning.

Thanks for the vibes guys!
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$190.00 later we are back!
Erp!

We'll have do do a little better with our vibes, people!

Sorry about that, Heather!
post #18 of 23
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$190.00 later we are back! We are still in the rule out process of what this could be. So far we know it's not: mites, fleas, dermatitis, auto-immune, fungus or food. What we are perusing now: environmental. I made an appointment with a dermatologist for July, and he's on Revolution and a vitamin supplement right now. We are doing a second round of blood testing, so I should know the results of that in the morning.

Thanks for the vibes guys!
out of curiosity, what are you feeding that handsome little guy? it might be a food allergy. it took us forever to figure that out with my wolf mix, ginger. once we switched her- her skin cleared up and got soooo much better! i hope ya'll are able to figure out what it is with the little fella he's soo cute! has mange been ruled out yet? (not to scare you -it's actually pretty treatable- i dip animals at our shelter for it all the time) that could be something to ask about- but my guess would be that it's already been ruled out along with ringworm and other conditions. good luck heather! i'm sure ya'll will figure it all out soon! till then- i would purchase some malabase shampoo at your vets office- it's about $15 a bottle- and it's in a red and white bottle- bathe him in it- it is VERY soothing for animals with skin conditions and things of that nature- i dip in that all the time when i have a furbaby with a skin condition- it helps everything from allergies, to severe skin conditions- that will keep him from being itchy/dry and will help soothe him Also - after you bathe him- only towel dry him, do not use a blow dryer (unless you have a "cool" button) the heat from a hair dryer could aggervate him worse. definitely do the malabase bath though! it will help!
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out of curiosity, what are you feeding that handsome little guy? it might be a food allergy. it took us forever to figure that out with my wolf mix, ginger. once we switched her- her skin cleared up and got soooo much better! i hope ya'll are able to figure out what it is with the little fella he's soo cute! has mange been ruled out yet? (not to scare you -it's actually pretty treatable- i dip animals at our shelter for it all the time) that could be something to ask about- but my guess would be that it's already been ruled out along with ringworm and other conditions. good luck heather! i'm sure ya'll will figure it all out soon! till then- i would purchase some malabase shampoo at your vets office- it's about $15 a bottle- and it's in a red and white bottle- bathe him in it- it is VERY soothing for animals with skin conditions and things of that nature- i dip in that all the time when i have a furbaby with a skin condition- it helps everything from allergies, to severe skin conditions- that will keep him from being itchy/dry and will help soothe him Also - after you bathe him- only towel dry him, do not use a blow dryer (unless you have a "cool" button) the heat from a hair dryer could aggervate him worse. definitely do the malabase bath though! it will help!
Thanks sweetie! We are going to Revolution him, so I can't give him a bath until that is through, so we'll look into that next month.

I never knew this process was going to be so difficult or so expensive! He's a special boy, so he's going to get the best care I can find for him. Right now, he's sulking in the bed room. In a few hours I think he'll be out and about giving me a lecture on how bad of a Meowmy I am. Such is life with my kitties!
post #20 of 23
Oh I'm sorry it was so expensive!!!! It makes me so mad that his previous people didn't do anything before it got this bad!!!! GRRR!!!! :angry:

Did you ask about shaving him and doing the hydrocortisone bath? I'd be surprised if it's environmental given that he's got a different home now. You'd think if it was something external, it would have improved with a change of food/house/litter and that he seems a lot happier now with you guys and his kitty brothers, so I'd say it's NOT stress.

Poor boy
post #21 of 23
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Thanks sweetie! We are going to Revolution him, so I can't give him a bath until that is through, so we'll look into that next month.

I never knew this process was going to be so difficult or so expensive! He's a special boy, so he's going to get the best care I can find for him. Right now, he's sulking in the bed room. In a few hours I think he'll be out and about giving me a lecture on how bad of a Meowmy I am. Such is life with my kitties!
You don't have to wait a month- you can bathe him 3 days after you apply his revolution Definitely do a malabase bath though- it will help his skin and soothe it! Ask your vet about it- most vets offices sell it for about $15 - and it lasts for a good while. You need to wet his fur then apply it to him. It has to sit for about 10 minutes or so- so what i normally do is wrap them up in a blanket with just their head poking out and hold them for 10 minutes, then rinse- that seems to be the best way for them to absorb it into their skin. /Also- with the malabase bath, you don't have to worry about shaving him down for cortisone dips (although those do work as well) - it sooths both the skin and fur without having to aggervate it anymore. If they do shave him, make sure they hold the electric razor backwards so that he does not get razor burn. You might ask about him taking an anti-allergy tablet or benadryl -those help as well! For a skin condition- a cortisone injection might be an option as well during allergy season. If you do the anti-allergy tablets or benadrly- get a pill crusher, and crush it up then put it into some soft food for him (in lue of the recent pet food recall -i've been making baked boneless /skinless chicken and plain white rice for my furbabies that need soft type foods and blending that together with chicken broth in the blender then heating it to room temp. and serving it to them) if you mix the pill in crushed he'll NEVER notice:bighthumb: / In the mean time though, it is safe to get just regular Aveeno lotion and rub that on the spots he's been pulling fur out of
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
You don't have to wait a month- you can bathe him 3 days after you apply his revolution Definitely do a malabase bath though- it will help his skin and soothe it! Ask your vet about it- most vets offices sell it for about $15 - and it lasts for a good while. You need to wet his fur then apply it to him. It has to sit for about 10 minutes or so- so what i normally do is wrap them up in a blanket with just their head poking out and hold them for 10 minutes, then rinse- that seems to be the best way for them to absorb it into their skin. /Also- with the malabase bath, you don't have to worry about shaving him down for cortisone dips (although those do work as well) - it sooths both the skin and fur without having to aggervate it anymore. If they do shave him, make sure they hold the electric razor backwards so that he does not get razor burn. You might ask about him taking an anti-allergy tablet or benadryl -those help as well! For a skin condition- a cortisone injection might be an option as well during allergy season. If you do the anti-allergy tablets or benadrly- get a pill crusher, and crush it up then put it into some soft food for him (in lue of the recent pet food recall -i've been making baked boneless /skinless chicken and plain white rice for my furbabies that need soft type foods and blending that together with chicken broth in the blender then heating it to room temp. and serving it to them) if you mix the pill in crushed he'll NEVER notice:bighthumb: / In the mean time though, it is safe to get just regular Aveeno lotion and rub that on the spots he's been pulling fur out of
Thanks so much honey! I'M starting to pull my hair out at this mystery.

My vet says that if this course of action doesn't work then we are going to try a lime sulfur bath. I can't imagine him being happy about smelling like rotten eggs.
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Thanks so much honey! I'M starting to pull my hair out at this mystery.

My vet says that if this course of action doesn't work then we are going to try a lime sulfur bath. I can't imagine him being happy about smelling like rotten eggs.
Surely a lime sulfur bath is a much cheaper option to start with??? I'd be trying to cheaper, more natural solutions first to see if it helps him, THEN do the more expensive medicated stuff. But then I'm not a vet charging a fee
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