Hi all, I'd like for you to meet the newest foster baby. This is a little 6.5 month old THL female named Cassie. It appears Cassie has had it quite rough this first 6 months of her life. Her ears appear to have been either severely sunburned, severe fly bites (or both) on them, there are even little notches missing in one; her little nose has been sunburned; her back has been scalded, allegedly from spray on Frontline treatment (although I'm left to wonder if it wasn't more from a severe sunburn or some other cheap flea treatment); she has a closed ear canal, and a badly infected left eye (I know she had an entropian fixed, but that's been some time ago). I have some Terramycin eye ointment and I've already used it on her & will continue until we get to the vet. I'm also going to have the vet take a look at her right front foot, it just doesn't appear right to me. The area just above the toes (sorry, don't know technical term for it) appears to be swollen and when she stands it looks as though that front foot is turning outward. She doesn't really appear to be favoring the foot, but I'll have my vet check it out regardless.
Sassy Cassie went to the vet this a.m....and stole everyone's hearts. Doc believes that she has a staph infection secondary to severe sunburn, he does not believe her skin condition is due to mange. He has put her on a 3 week course of Abx. As for her eye, either it was never fixed as I was told by the previous vet (who also neglected to tell me about the closed ear canal), or that vet did a crappy job of it as she still has an entropian. I have scheduled her spay for 08/01 (sooner if there is a cancellation) and they will fix the eye at that time. He gave me some drops to use on her 2-3x daily until the entropian can be fixed. Doc will also re-evaluate her skin at that time and if she's not noticeably better from the 2 week course of Abx, then he'll do a skin scraping while she's under anesthetic.
Doc also believes the swelling in her foot is from an old healed fracture and since she does not appear to be in any pain from it, we opted to wait to xray until she's under anesthetic. He also believes the rash on her feet & tail may be more food and/or contact allergy related (grass especially) but opted to wait to treat until she's been on the Abx for a bit before addressing it any further. We'll see how she's doing after switching her to the Natural Balance, a good grooming regimine, and a couple of weeks on the Abx and will re-evaluate at the time of her spay.
She's a beautiful girl :) Gosh, I've been thinking about fostering, but I don't think I could let the dogs go. I really know that I wouldn't be able to let her go. Gosh, what a sweet face she has. I'm glad she's getting a fresh start.
She is cute. I saw a chinese crested today at the vet's office. this was the first time seeing any hairless animal. Their skin is so soft, and thin feeling. It reminds me of my grandmother's skin. LOL Does a hairless animal require alot of extra care? I have heard that the sphynx has to be bathed nightly. Also, if an animal is completely hairless, does that mean that it will not trigger allergies?
She's in good hands now. They look like such a lovely breed. Its seems like thier skin would be delicate and people would care for them accordingly. I bet shes happy to be with you. I love the tuff of fur on her head!
Does a hairless animal require alot of extra care? I have heard that the sphynx has to be bathed nightly. Also, if an animal is completely hairless, does that mean that it will not trigger allergies?
In general, yes hairless dogs require, IMO, more work than a coated breed, especially if they have skin issues. All will have some some issues with acne as they hit maturity, just like a teenager, but genetics plays a HUGE role in the severity of the outbreaks and how easily controlled they are. They also are very susceptible to blackheads. Hairless dogs have sweat glands just like we do and can have issues with blocked pores resulting in blackheads. They also get what are called pearly cysts (not all do, but again, genetics plays a big role) which look like big zits, but they have a very hard core to them and unless the core can be removed, it will return within weeks. There are products tht help reduce the pearly cysts, but for the most part, if they get one, they'll get more and it'll be lifelong battle against them. The bother us humans much more than they do the dogs.
As for the nekkid kitties, from what I've been told the HL cats have a very sebaceous skin and the oils they produce are as big or bigger allergen than cat dander. HL dogs are considered to be "hypoallergenc" but if one has a saliva allergy there is no guarantee a HL dog will not aggravate one's allergies.
Cresties are the goofiest little dogs in the world. You tell people they are unlike any other breed, but until they've spent some time with them, they really don't understand why we say that.
Wow, I knew that you had to watch out for them in the sun, but I had no idea that they were prone to acne and similar conditions....do they require more bathing then other dogs?
I guess that depends on what your idea of "more" bathing is. All my dogs get groomed/bathed every other weekend (more if they get particularly grubby in the summer). If there are skin conditions, such as with Cassie, she is getting bathed every other day with a medicated shampoo called Keratolux. Most Crestie owners bathe their dogs (whether HL or puff) at minimum every 3 weeks during the winter months and every 2 weeks in the summer months.
Most HL will require moisturizing in between baths. Most of us use Lubriderm unscented for sensitive skin, Aveeno, or products like HyLyt after bath oil, Humilac, etc. So much is dependent upon skin condition what products are used. I prefer Lubriderm w/pure tea tree oil drops added to it.
To say I have more "skin care" products for my dogs than myself is no understatement. Just as with humans, what works for one may be a catastrophe for another.