As I mentioned in the last post, for the past couple years we’ve been dealing with ongoing skin and paw issues with Yuki, thought to be allergies. It started with a little abscess on her paw, which grew until it was covering half her toe. With antibiotics and diligent cleaning that finally went away after a few months. But as that was healing, she started to develop a rash under her chin. She was always trying to scratch it and if she did it would bleed.
I tried Neosporin for a while. Whenever I’d apply it these granular reddish brown flakey pieces would come off of the affected area. There was little improvement with that idea. Then, one of the followers from our Instagram page suggested trying a zinc supplement as huskies and other northern breeds are prone to zinc deficiencies. We talked to the vet about it and he didn’t see a reason not to try it.
After little to no improvement with a zinc supplement from Whole Foods, we looked into a dog specific zinc supplement and had another trip to the vet. He gave us a flushing solution and Panalog to be used twice daily. The rash started to clear up thankfully, but her paws started to become infected again. So back to the vet we went.
After number trips to the vet, blood work, and a couple rounds of antibiotics, I finally decided it was time to see a specialist. We made an appointment with a doggie dermatologist. First was the consult, he did some skin scrapings, and took a look at her sores. Looked at her blood work results and all that. I walked out with an enormous bill and more antibiotics. When I went in for the follow up appointment, the paw sores were a bit better but not healed, so more antibiotics… I was disappointed. The specialist did nothing that my current vet couldn’t and hadn’t yet done, yet charged me 10x more.
With her labs coming back clean and showing no indication of anything out of the ordinary, no thyroid issues, nothing to indicate cancer, no levels offs (the vet said if you looked at her blood results she looked like the perfect picture of a healthy dog), the only answer after over a year of troubleshooting was that it was probably allergies. Yuki has dealt with food allergies in the past, but they created itchy paws and hot spots. Never blisters and rashes on her face. But she is older now, and her allergies may be to something in the apartment, or something environmental. I feel like we’ve tried everything for her.
Just a few months ago I noticed a patch of fur missing from her tail and the skin was blackish looking. The vet recommended an anti fungal/anti microbial shampoo everyday…. EVERYDAY… I admit I have not been able to do that. Bathing a husky is something I need to mentally prepare for. I need to train for it and have a warm up and stretch session beforehand…. I tried to just wash her tail and feet but even that isn’t doing anything. We also tried putting her on Zyrtec, and it didn’t help and made her incontinent.
Last week I finally ordered Apoquel, and I sit here anxiously awaiting for it to be delivered. I’m really at my wits end, and her paws are just getting worse. Everyday she’s bleeding or a new sore pops up. I feel so bad for her and I really don’t know what to do anymore. 🙁 If anyone has dealt with something similar PLEASE PLEASE contact me. Comment, email, find us on Facebook or direct message us on Instagram… whatever is easiest, we are just so lost with this.