Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Oops, I forgot one...


There is one more canine patient right now!

Franklin!

Franklin has always been a late shedder, the last of the dogs to let go of his winter coat. So I wasn't too worried when he started to look a little ratty! Until I noticed the bare spots of skin, the red patches and the incessant itching started! Everything about Franklin screams this dog is hypothyroid, but after running every test known to man for that, he most definately is not hypothyroid.

He's on his second round of antibiotics for a bacterial skin infection. Now we think it's secondary to seasonal allergies. I can so relate to those! This time we added in a dose of prednisone, which has knocked out the itching.

Current plan is a month of pred and antibiotics, then wean him off the pred. By then there will have been enough frost that whatever pollen or plant he's reacting to will be dead! His coat should fill back out in time for the real winter weather. Franklin loves to run and it's hard to be a sled dog with bare skin sticking out!

6 comments:

dogsled_stacie said...

Ahem, yes I was wondering where the update was about MY brother!!! Geez.... we were worried here about him. (ok, I was, but Lucy was more interested in biting Harris' head). Glad to hear you're on the mend Franklin!!!

-Gracie

The Thundering Herd said...

Poor Franklin. Rusty suffered from itchy skins last year, so he has received special attention this year. Fortunately, the extra rains we have had seemed to have keep down the allergens for him.

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I'd be glad to save my leftover furs fur Franklin!

Please let me know!

Paws khrossed he starts growing in a special fur khoat!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Cyber-sibes said...

A husky with too little fluff? That's just not right!
Paws crossed that Franklin gets back to his fuzzy self again soon!

Woos & a-roos,
Star & Jack a-roo

Phred said...

Maybe Franklin's MOM could take
sum old Husky Fluff and
Knit the Boy a Husky smow-suit.

Holly and Khady said...

Oh no, that's never good! Skin issues are stupid! We have ALL been through that, so sure hope it is something that clears up soon!

Holly