Monday, July 10, 2017

Well Crap On A Cracker

So far Lee has spent over $900 trying to figure out just what is causing my white perfectly round dime size dots.  Well we still don't know!!
Our vet said the biopsy report was far from conclusive. "That they left the barn door not only open but the back of the barn was gone". They failed to address why my skin has lost it pigment.  They said it was probably Alopecia Areata.  But the kicker is I have one spot on the pad of my foot where dogs have no fur cells.  I have fur just very fine white fur not like Scottie fur.

Lee talked to a Veterinary Nutritionists.
Veterinary nutritionists must first be accepted into an accredited veterinary college to complete their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.
After completing their DVM and becoming a licensed practitioner, a vet is able to begin the path to board certification in the specialty field of nutrition.
In order to be eligible to take the board certification exam in the specialty of nutrition, a veterinarian must fulfill all prerequisites. The candidate must have completed at least 3 years of training under the supervision of a board certified nutrition diplomate and submit three detailed case study reports for evaluation.
The 3 years of training must consist of at least 1 year of internship or clinical experience and 2 more years of residency (consisting of a combination of teaching, research, and clinical practice of veterinary nutrition).
After passing the comprehensive board certification exam administered by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN), a veterinarian will be granted diplomate status in the specialty of nutrition. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association there were 71 ACVN diplomates in the 2014 veterinary specialty census.
Oh and they don't recommend the rotisserie chicken that we have found so many bloggers fond of.  They are filled with food additives substances added to food to preserve flavor or enhance its taste, appearance etc.

The Veterinary Nutritionists says for some dogs not enough copper and Vitamin D are in our foods. 
Vitamin D comes from the sun but with a long haired dark black fur dog they get very little sunlight to the skin.  Since it is only fat soluble to much is dangerous. Copper is just something most of the industry does not think about as it comes from nuts, seeds, lentils, oysters.  These things help our skin pigment.
Importance of Copper. While too much copper is dangerous, your body needs this mineral to function. It aids in the production of myelin, collagen and melanin. Which I am not producing now.
So Lee is getting me a compounded pill just for my weight that has those two things.

So for now the best they can give us is that I have a shortage of these things and my immune system is attacking itself.

Lee is not putting me on Corticosteroids or Topical  Immunotherapy for now which has been a suggestion.



In our travels around we have seen some lovely window boxes.
Lee said you might enjoy seeing them instead of me.



I think Lee is very depressed.


Thanks for being a friend

Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot