Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Poor Jake

It’s that time of the year when Jake is miserable. He suffers from a seasonal allergy that flares up every Labor Day like clockwork.

He becomes so itchy that he literally chews the hair off until his pink skin is raw. It’s an ugly sight.

He goes to a veterinary dermatologist, who insists on seeing him every other year. But this year, Dr. Hansen simply called in a prescription for Medrol to our local Giant. Hence the bottle for Diskin “Jake” Dog.

He’s already settling down after just 3 days of steroids. Thank God for meds or we would have one ugly mongrel of a dog!


Blogger Kristin said...

So glad to read that it's a quick fix and he's doing better. Poor Jake.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Kristin -- It's amazing how fast Medrol seems to work for him. We're in trouble if he ever becomes immune to its effects!

1:45 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Weird that it's just at this time of year! Any idea what causes it?

1:49 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Steve -- It has to be something growing in the wilds of our back yard. I'm suspecting something like poison ivy. I find it so interesting that I can time it almost to the day each year.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Adrianne said...

I hope that Jake feels better soon. I'm there with him, and it's not fun. This is weed-and-mold season -- I started sneezing about two weeks ago, and things got bad enough this weekend that I started taking allergy meds.

4:38 PM  
Blogger media concepts said...

Allergies? The Juice? When did dogs start getting every ailment that humans get? Please give Jake a hug for me, maybe that will help a little bit.

4:46 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Adrianne -- I take shots year-around, so I never experience what you and Jake are going through. I don't miss all that sneezing and the sinus infections.

MC -- He actually likes taking the pills because we bury them in a spoonful of canned dog food. He knows how to milk a situation for all its worth, sometimes even finding the pill and spitting it out so he can get a second spoon of the "wet" dog food. I will convey said hug and I'm sure he will be grateful.

4:51 PM  
Blogger bulletholes said...

spot on the news last night was demonizing ragweed. They say that the climate change we are xperiencing has incresed Ragweed by a huge amount and people that seem to be allergy free today may not be tomoorrow.
August 15th is the traditional start of Regweed season.

I don't think you can eat ragweed.

5:41 PM  
Blogger bulletholes said...


Note that there are no recipes for Ragweed.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Bulletholes -- Sounds like ragweed might be the culprit. It's a lot easier to give Jake a round of steroids each year than to immunize him against ragweed!

I guess it only stands to reason that animals would be equally susceptible to allergens as humans are.

6:01 PM  
Blogger Cyndy said...

He's so cute! I'm glad he's feeling better.

11:30 PM  
Blogger Rinkly Rimes said...

His problem sounds more like one of Spring than Fall! Anyway, I'm glad he's better.

5:15 AM  
Blogger bulletholes said...

The ragweed will affect man and beast till the first freeze they say.
I did not know that animals were allergic, but it only seems to make sense.

Poor jake...you should give him a handkercheif around his neck..you know.

12:04 PM  

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