Thursday, February 16, 2006

"bears eat oats, and does eat oats, and little lambs eat ivy"

This is Flurry.
Flurry the amazingly amusing and frustrating love of our household.
We think she's very special, as well as very "special".

Flurry was a rescue from an abusive home, that left her with much baggage and many issues.

September was a year with her in our home, and she has evolved very well considering what she's been through.

In addition to her behavior and anxiety adjustments, we've been trying to figure out what is up with her skin and hair.

Flurry has hives, or hair loss ALL THE TIME.

Several visits to a vet later, they concluded she was allergic to chicken.
Great. That's Easy!
(Easy enough anyway since most dog food has chicken in it-but not impossible)
We were careful with ingredients, bought selectively, and monitored her snacks.

Sometime she was better, sometimes she was not.

In fact, the last few months she has been much worse.
There is enough stray hair falling from her body, that we could clone an entire herd of Flurrys if we thought the planet could handle it.

Back to the vet-
more tests-
a little better, still not great.

Back to the vet-
still more tests-
allergy shots, and meds.

This happens every 8-10 weeks.

Still not great-

BACK to the vet-this time the vet recommends a super detailed, but also super expensive allergy test.
We go for it, they take some blood, give her a shot, send her home with meds, and a sunflower to wear.
We wait for the results.

Result time comes and goes-
We get a call.
They didn't draw enough blood for the lab, they'll need some more.

Take Flurry back, they draw more blood, and we wait and laugh as she bumps into things and figures out how to get out of the sunflower.

A couple of days ago Jeff tells me the results came in, and the vet wants to sit down with us and review if there is anything Flurry can have over the counter.
Not something you want to hear.

I start doing research and find that most dog's food allergies come from exposure to different types of food, and in time they develop allergies.
Or-
as in Flurry's case, if a dog is very young with severe allergies, or born with severe allergies, and is a pure breed, it is likely due to inbreeding.

This morning I requested a copy of the test results to be faxed, and it's a long list.
LLLLLOOOOONNNNNGGGGG list.

There are some things she is VERY allergic too-terminally allergic too-

Barley, Alternaria, Stemphylium, Cladosporium, Aspergillus, Grain Smut, Acarus siro, Acacia

There are some things she is very allergic too, at a high level, but not quite as dangerous-

Brewer's Yeast, Oats, Eucalyptus, Lepidoglyphus Destrutor

Then the things she is allergic to that she should not eat or come in contact with-

Wheat, Beef Pulp, Potato, Milk, Flaxseed, Rice, Corn, Beef, Cocklebur, Dandelion, Ragweed, Goldenrod, Sage, Sheep Sorrel, Russian Thistle, English Plantain, Scale, Kochia, Any type of grass, Malassezia, Cephalosporium, Pullularia, Curvalaria, Mites, Cats, Pine, Ash, Olive, Maple
Box Elder, Palm, Orange Pollen, Cottonwood, Mulberry, Alder, Grain Mill Dust, Corn Pullen
Brome Smooth, Cultivated Rye, Cultivated Oats, Alfalfa, Orchard, Clover, Pencicillium Mix
Candida, Black Ants, Mayflys

Finally the things she is allergic too, but should not be an issue unless she is having a medical procedure done-

Rabbit, Chicken, Kangaroo, Lamb, Pinto Beans, Pork, Turkey, Fish, Venison, Duck, Egg
Liver, Fleas, Cedar, Horse Flys, Deer Flys, Mosquitos

So what is she NOT allergic too?
What can she eat at much as she wants and have no fear of reaction?

Soybean, Human Dander, Walnuts, Oak, Rhodotorula, Cockroaches, and House Flys

Bonus, is that part of her "special"ness is that she goes OCD whenever there is a fly anywhere near her, and will pursue and consume any and all.

Negative-other than the fact that inbreeding has turned a canine into a vegetarian, is finding dog food without chicken was nearly impossible, but dog food made of soybean and houseflies?
That's going to be tough.

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