Friends, if you have any light to shed on this fix in which we find ourselves, I’d love it if you’d shine a little over here.
Bugsy has an ugly skin entity. I provide pictures at the end of this post, for those of you with intestinal fortitude. The creature seems to have centered over each eye, creeping back toward his ears (well, I guess “galloping back” would probably be the phrase I’m looking for).
At first I thought this was battle-wounds from fights with Barney. It did seem to start that way, with some pretty good claw-marks, oh, say, 1.5 months ago. But this is no longer that. As of yesterday morning, it’s – galloping.
Bugs has had some indications of trouble over his eye in the past. Also an ugly episode with feline acne under his chin.
Yesterday the vet ruled out skin mites. We’re awaiting fungus test-results – but her money is on allergy.
To deal with the bleeding wounds (yes, it’s pretty ugly), she has given him a shot with antibiotics. But she is proposing steroids for the underlying condition.
I do not want to go that route. I want to try to isolate the allergen and stop the condition that way. If it is an allergy.
So if you’re willing to stick around and ponder this with me, I’m going to list the prime suspects. Anybody with any insight, please help.
Oh and by the way, I could use some empathy, too, if any of that is flying around loose out there. This is not – I repeat not! – the time for this. If there ever is a time. Maybe Bugs is picking up on my
anxiety hysteria. We have two more months of this bar-exam grind to get through. At this point, we’re in DefCon Three, Condition Red rapidly approaching.
OK. The prime suspects:
* Chicken-jerky treats. I cook and dry these by hand, from human-grade air-chilled (but not organic) breast-meat. Bugsy might get a scant handful of these per day. I have stopped these, as of post-vet late yesterday afternoon. Has not yet appeared to make any difference. He’s worse this morning.
* Also some chicken baby-food, used only occasionally as an extra-special treat. Ditto stoppage. Ditto no improvement perceptible yet.
* Turkey diet. Home-made, only for this I use organic. Also included is sweet potato and oatmeal, ditto homemade. Varied from time to time with organic grass-fed beef and lamb. The latter two don’t appear temporally related to this outbreak.
* Balance-It dietary supplement. From UC Davis Veterinary. Surely not this. Ingredients a long, long list of vitamins and minerals, almost all of them recognizable. Exception: Cystine and methionine. Taurine and choline I recognize.
* Advantage flea-treatment (awright, pesticide, let’s call it what it is). Please don’t let it be this. Frontline doesn’t work for our fleas over here. When one flea appeared on April 23, I applied the first Advantage of the season. This was around one week after the condition first appeared. One more application on May 25, around one week before condition started galloping as of yesterday. As of May 26, only one drunken flea observed, staggering around in a debilitated condition. As of yesterday, vet ruled out allergy to fleas themselves, due to complete absence of any flea traces on Bugs.
* Salve I’ve been using to try to treat him. Salve had good results in the past with the acne; not now. Now it has no effect. So it’s history as well. Here’s an ingredients list: Olive oil, organic chaparral leaf, comfrey leaf, echinacea flower, hops flower, usnea moss, beeswax, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, vit. E oil, and some essential oils including lemon, lemon grass, lavender, tea tree, & cajaput. Cajaput?
* Trace remains of yoghurt, once I finish my daily oatmeal and let him lick the bowl. Discontinued as of this morning.
* Battle-wounds from fights with Barney, exacerbated by Bugs’s scratching.
* Liver-treat fail. Last week I used organic grass-fed liver to cook and dry jerky treats. Boys threw these up. Then they went moldy. The treats, not the boys. So treats are now history, for reasons unrelated to Bugs’s skin-entity but I include these for completeness.
* No suspicious home-cleaning agents. My home doesn’t get cleaned.
That’s about all I can think of. Anybody?
And now for pictures. I’ll start with one from a couple of weeks ago, in happier days. Followed by happy Barney. For those of you who want to hang on to your breakfasts, you can take a powder when you see the pansies-in-the-early-morning-light, and thank you for hanging in this far. The gory bit follows the flowers.
And now, for those of you still with me, here’s the gory bit. Brace for impact. And thank you in advance for your care.