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Old 05-16-2019, 05:23 PM
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I switched vets again. I am so much more comfortable with holistic than conventional that we'll make it work.

But....

I wanted your input. I was surprised that the new vet recommended a leptospirosis vax so strongly until I got home and did some internet research. It turns out that Laurel leads a very high risk lifestyle and we are in a high risk area.

However.....

The shelters are full of people who look just like me, but I am not homeless. The shelters are full of dogs who look just like Laurel, but they are NOT Laurel. Toy breeds are at very high risk of adverse vaccine reactions and we are dealing with that already. I overvaccinated Laurel because we are in a very high risk area for parvo. The cytopoint is wearing off and she's scratching again.

The vet thinks she is Jack Russell and Chi, but she only weighs six pounds at eight months. I was told 3/4 Chi and 1/4 MinPin by the person I got her from and more likely Chi and Yorkie by friends and groomer.

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I love my dog, but puppyhood has been exhausting because of all the drama! I don't mind paying for medical care, I just want my puppy to be healthy.
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Old 05-17-2019, 01:43 AM
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This vaccine is the most one to cause reactions to. However, that said, IF you are in a high risk area/life style then go ahead. I would ask this new vet if you could premedicate Laurel with some Benedryl. This will help with reactions. If you really want to know what Laurel is mixed with go with a DNA test. Does she have short hair vs a wirey coat? Most Jack Russel's are wire coated. Whatever she is well loved and taken care of!
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Thank you so much.

I know I need to build relationship with vet, groomer, trainer, etc. and it really helps to have real support from real people. I'm going to go ahead and do the Wisdom Panel 3.0 DNA test. It isn't just Chis, it is ALL toy breeds that need to be medicated carefully and I can't see any 6 lb dog not being mostly Chi or mostly Yorkie.

The cytopoint is wearing off. I needed the holistic vet to check her ears because we had gone through two separate 7 day cycles of otomax, as prescribed by the conventional vet when she finally diagnosed a bacterial skin infection, and I was starting to think it might be user error since Laurel's ear canals are so much smaller than a Sheltie's or a cat's.

Yes, it is very cute the way she scratches her ears but Laurel cannot help being cute.

It's going to be a bumpy ride. She's worth it, though.
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Let us know what the DNA shows! Is it the outer ear that is itchy, or does she tilt her head and scratch at the inside? If you want to, you can use some coconut oil on the OUTER ears. I would not put it inside. The other thing you could use is a over the counter cortisone cream on the outside. This would stop the itching, but if there is an infection, then do whatever the vet says.
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