Good Afternoon, I have a 7-year-old dachshund that has been treated for several years for what we have always thought was an allergy (worse spring and summer). He would have a breakout of bumps on his stomach
, which we have treated with various meds/antibiotics including temaril, predninzone, simplicef, clindamycin
and clavomax. However, this past time, he developed not only bumps on his stomach but his nail
beds appeared to be impacted as well, itchy and swollen with some brown crusty material on his nails. My vet has worked tirelessly with me (too long to go into tall the details here) and we have eliminated viral, bacterial, fungal and yeast. So we decided to see if it was a food allergy and stopped all food except for Prescription Diet DD (wet and dry) but even after a few days he got worse, all 4 of his feet are now impacted, 2 are swollen and sore at this time. Also now the side of his mouth, under his nose
and it is moving up the side of his nose (loosing pigment and also looks in some places like very tiny clear pustules) and his anus seems to be impacted as well, skin around it has turned dark). He is very itchy and has to wear an E-collar when not by my side. My vet has referred him to a first rate excellent teaching vet hospital in the area (Univ of FL – Gainesville) with the ability to biopsy and diagnosis and I have an appt in 4 days. My vet has suggested that he have biopsies done since none of the paths we have taken over the past month have been successful and he is concerned that it might be a kind of pemphigus
, which I understand to be an auto-immune disorder of which there are several kinds and we must determine which kind if it is actually this in order to work out the best treatment. Almost everywhere there are mucus membranes he seems to be irritated (although his eyes
do not seem to be impacted at this time).
Which leads me to my question, if it is pemphigus and I hurting him waiting the 4 days for the appointment at the vet hospital. Do you think I should take him to the vet hospital emergency room? He is eating, drinking and defecating but I know he is very itchy and no longer likes to take his long walks that he likes because his feat are sore, he defiantly sleeping/resting more than usual. I know he is uncomfortable, when he has his E-collar off and if I am not right there he is licking biting
his feet (to where he can make them bleed if I am not there to stop him right away) or rubbing his face in the rug as it itches. Any thoughts would be most welcome.