Friday, September 14, 2012

update on jazz

Jazz has been well and ill these past few months. Lately, his energy and spirit has been high but his body has been failing him. He has fatty tumors all over his skin, drippy eyes, and irritated ears. He has a lot of accidents indoors. He can't help that; he is afterall, 14 years old. He also had hair disappear all over in red patches with pus-filled pools at his skin. It wasn't mange or fleas, said the vet, but an inhalant allergic reaction. He is on antibiotics and needs a bath twice a week with a special shampoo. All that said, he is doing much better. He smells, feels, and looks better. His skin is now growing white hair back and his eyes are no longer foggy. The vets at Cambridge Valley Vet are amazing.

Annie is exactly the same as the day I met her. Nuts.

18 Comments:

Blogger Megan, Rudy's mom said...

I'm glad he's feeling better! Husky's are such goof balls till the day they leave us! That's what I loved about them.

September 14, 2012 at 8:12 AM  
Blogger Ellen Rathbone said...

Sounds like a lot of the same "issues" my Toby is going thru. Breaks the heart, but his spirit is still there. Glad to hear he is rallying. (And that's a wonderful photo of him, BTW!)

September 14, 2012 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

Glad he is doing better. I had to read "14" twice. He is an old man and to be doing as well as he is at that age tells me has some kind of super~canine~powers (and a wonderful caregiver)!;)

September 14, 2012 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Glad to hear! Our 13-year old chow/shepherd mix was gnawing his itchy paws raw until the vet realized it was allergies. He's in the middle of a course of steroids and much, much better. Gotta love old man dogs!

September 14, 2012 at 10:45 AM  
Anonymous Taylor said...

Oh Jazz, he's my favorite! So sad to hear he's been sick, but glad he's doing better.

September 14, 2012 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

I'm glad he's better. You might try tea tree oil on irritated or infected spots. Just one spot to start with, to make sure he's not allergic to that. It's antibacterial, antiviral & antifungal all in one. I have oversized umm...'girls', and in summer I keep tea tree oil rubbed underneath them to head off fungal issues. Yeah, TMI. But it works!

September 14, 2012 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

If you want to look into any herbal remedies to help ease his comfort, I know nettle is supposed to help allergies. Other herbs to look into that might help are red clover, burdock root, dandelion root, echinacea, or sarsaparilla root.

Looks like this book might be a good resource for more info:
http://books.google.com/books?id=Xni-EK9WaLMC&lpg=PA2&ots=863bCCbA4P&dq=herbs%20safe%20for%20dogs&pg=PA2#v=onepage&q=herbs%20safe%20for%20dogs&f=false

http://www.natural-dog-health-remedies.com/natural-allergy-relief.html

Hope he feels better!

September 14, 2012 at 12:00 PM  
Anonymous Devon Gluza said...

Sorry to hear about Jazz's health hiccups. It's hard to watch your beloved furry friends age. I'll be thinking about Jazz and sending positive energy his way.
(P.S. To all pet owners: Please do your research on any medicinal herbs you use on your pets. Tea Tree is said to be extremely toxic to dogs. Some dogs may not have a reaction, and it may help them. However, according to literature it is said to be toxic.)

September 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger jules said...

That is one beautiful picture of Jazz.

September 14, 2012 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger daisy said...

Hope your sweet boy is healing well with all that lovin' your givin' him!

September 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Glad you're feeling better Jazzy! Those allergies suck.

September 14, 2012 at 3:25 PM  
Anonymous Patty C. said...

Glad to hear your handsome boy is feeling better. He is beautiful! My two are 11 and I have seen significant improvements in my female's skin issues since starting her on a raw diet. It is amazing how ridding their diet of all preservatives have dramatically improved their overall health. Maybe something to think about versus antibiotics and steroids that could cause other damage.

September 14, 2012 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger kwdiving said...

I am sorry he is going thru so much. Both of our dogs were having skin problems and through process of elimination we found the floor cleaners were causing them. I switched to steaming instead of mopping and the sores cleared up. We all send best wishes to all of you.

September 14, 2012 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger marilyn said...

He and you are in my prayers. He is loved and that is the best medicine of all.

September 14, 2012 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Soooo happy to hear a word about Jazz and Annie. They are so beautiful and miss not knowing what's going on with them. So glad to know Jazz is getting better. Fourteen!! Wow!

September 14, 2012 at 10:36 PM  
Blogger kandy Gray said...

my dog had the same skin thing. the antibiotic and shampoo worked great and he is getting a bit of the puppy back into his old bones. my vet said that the skin rash was a secondary result of a different infection that could have been in his system for a long time which may have been why he got "old" so fast.

good luck to you jazz

September 15, 2012 at 12:43 AM  
Blogger DarcC said...

That is a phenomenal picture of him!

September 15, 2012 at 11:45 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Our old fella (a schnauzer)is 12 going on 13. He's been getting rather stiff joints in the last year or so, so we started giving him joint support medication recommended by our vet (based on green lipped mussel/shark cartilage & a some other natural-based sources). What a difference! Happy old man now, who's still able to run along during bike rides and long walks.

September 15, 2012 at 3:27 PM  

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