Aargh. I have to rant so maybe I can get ver it and it won't prevent me from falling asleep tonight.
So, about the dog, vets & their drugs. I think they are worse than conventional doctors. He's been staying with my sister since a few weeks before thanksgiving. I went on a day trip & asked her to keep him. Which I really regret now because I wasn't gone that long. He would have been alright. But he was dropped off the day before & was to be picked up the day after. But she said he wasn't scratching & was happy with all the other dogs to play with. So wanted to keep him until thanksgiving for which she would be relocating to their beach house. And he likes the beach, so I agreed. Then, on thansgiving they announced they took him to the vet & he's was loaded up on drugs. My words, not theirs.
He was given prednisone, antibiotics and an antifungal. All At the same time! Prednisone stops the itch but weakens the skin so it does more harm in the long run. Theres info on that in this thread somewhere. Plus there's other side effects. The antibiotics destroy the beneficial bacteria which causes a fungal overgrowth. He already had the yeast overgrowth since he was given antibiotics for several weeks or maybe months as part of his heart worm treatment. And at the same time as the antibiotics, he was given an antifungal. Which not only makes zero sense, it has harmful side effects. Bad for the liver. And on top of all that, hes being fed crappy corn based Science Diet dog foid.
All of those were reasons I didn't want him going to a bonventional vet. Why I was giving him the safflower coconut oils topically & orally, probiotic & digestive enzyme supplements and feeding him a grain free diet. What really made me mad is that she had told me he wasn't scratching the day after I dropped him off. Then a week or so later, she felt the need to take him to the vet. Obviously he got worse under her care. Also, she's a woman. I know she's had first hand experience with antibiotics causing yeast infections. I bet they've been bathing him with soap, too.
And I still haven't gotten him back because she lives far away and we exchange at her office which is in the middle. But the dogs are only allowed in one old van they call the dog van, and its currently in the shop. And had been used in the fleet of vehicles her company uses and constantly in use. And just now I questioned my brother who works with her and he innocently responded by saying something about them wanting to take him back to the vet one last time and that they said he had a yeast infection. I blew up at him and started ranting about te antibiotics and antifungal. Didn't mention the rest as its like talking to a wall.
My sister is a very difficult bitchy person and so is her husband. You don't want to start anything with her if you can help it. And the damage is already done by the time I hear about it. So I let it go. But as time keeps passing...
He did get a professional ear cleaning which I'm sure is a good thing. I feel bad I never thought of that as I obviously wasn't doing a god job. I wonder if I can take him to a dog groomers for ear cleaning periodically.
Yeah, that rant helped me.
Edited by alternativista, 20 December 2013 - 10:27 PM.