Visiting the Vet – Kenya’s itch.

Practical ways of treating Kenya’s itchy skin.

10:45 Next along was Kenya and his ‘Mum’.

The story was that after a raw patch had appeared on Kenya’s back it had then become very itchy for the brave dog.

Jim shaved the area clear of fur and cleaned the skin to aid a closer examination.

Jim then explained that the challenge in these sorts of cases is that it is very easy to throw a lot of money at the problem without any guarantee of success.Β  Not only were there cost considerations but also the question of whether to go down the route of injections or administer pills.

As an observer I was struck, but not surprised knowing Jim as a friend, to see how an open and honest assessment of the problem came way before any commercial implications.

Jim’s view was to leave it for the time being but he did recommend using a hypoallergenic shampoo. There were a number to choose from but Jim supported the shampoo manufactured by Bayer and sold under the brand name of Hylyt Shampoo.

There are a number of online sources for this shampoo. I chose, more or less at random, the one at Allvet Supply.

That website describes the shampoo, thus:

HyLyt Shampoo is a hypoallergenic dog shampoo and is perfect for routine use in bathing dogs and cats. The shampoo is safe for normal, dry or sensitive skin types and may be used in conjunction with topical therapeutics.

HyLyt shampoo contains a light fragrance that will leave your pets smelling clean and fresh. The gentle shampoo formula is ideal for bathing both dogs and cats. The soap-free formula is pH balanced and will not dry out delicate skin or fur.

In addition to the gentle formula, HyLyt shampoo also contains special emollients for moisturizing and proteins for conditioning. The hypoallergenic dog shampoo also contains fatty acids to reduce scaling and flaking of the skin. If your pet suffers from seasonal or acute dryness, HyLyt shampoo will help restore their skin and coat to optimal health and beauty.

Then it was time for a quick checkup underneath Kenya, so to speak, and that was it!

11:00 All done!

I am having trouble getting my head around the fact that I have only been watching proceedings for two-and-a-half hours! So much knowledge on show. So much experience. So much compassion for our beloved pets!

To be continued:

(Please note: These observations are mine alone and because of the busy environment it must be assumed that my interpretation of what was taking place might not be totally accurate. Nothing in this blog post should be used by a reader to make any medical judgment about an animal. If you have any concern about an animal do make an appointment to see a properly qualified veterinarian doctor.)

13 thoughts on “Visiting the Vet – Kenya’s itch.

  1. I remember my Rhodesian Ridgeback had hot spots one year that I had to deal with. He had his fur shaved & a cream administered. After a week, he was healed. Good post, Paul.

    1. You don’t find it too strange to be reading these reports quite a few days after the event? I’m learning on the job, as it were, and hope to add to the informative value of these posts over time.

  2. Dr. Jim is a very competent and practical veterinarian. He is the kind if vet I wish everyone could have. My vet practices much like him and generally begins with the least costly treatment unless there are labs and x-rays or a lump or mass or heart and/or lung sounds that point to a different direction. Some things that require meds and or surgery.

    My vet Dr. B. has a pediatric blood pressure cuff and can also run an EKG strip. I take my old cats and dogs for the BP check for sure, If the BP is high Dr. B will then ask if I want a chest x-ray which will also show the intestines and spine as well. Nearly every time the x-ray has shown an enlarged heart and thus I now have 2 dogs and 2 cats on anti-hypertensive meds. They are doing better now but long term prognosis is not good mostly due to the advanced age of my pets.

    I really like the posts on the vet visits. It’s good to compare notes. πŸ™‚

    1. No question about Dr. Jim. Same for Dr. Codd who owns the clinic. Both of them will enjoy the feedback via these pages.

      And thank you from me for your encouragement in this new theme.

      1. πŸ™‚ Big smiles.. This last week has been busy in the Dreamwalker household.. I held a party last Sunday for my hubby who turned the big 70 and as it was both my Daughters 40th and my Sons 42nd all a week apart from each other.. I made it a family celebration.. I pre-ordered the weather so we had a kind of Garden party.. Sunshine ALL Day.. πŸ™‚ And what with catching up with the weeding in the allotments, and of course its Wimbledon Fortnight.. πŸ™‚ I have been watching between sitting in the peace… Blog land lost the toss this past week.. πŸ™‚ But I always enjoy my catch ups here Paul. and love that you are finding this new series so popular.. And its keeping you out of mischief lol.. Please give my love to Jean.. And wishing you both a Happy Day.. πŸ™‚

  3. Such valuable information. As a house and pet sitter, it is useful to know about how sensitive dogs can be to soaps… Just like us πŸ˜†.

    Actually shampoos can be very drying on a dogs paw pads and contribute to cracked pads.
    When I have come across pets with dry, cracked pads, I have rubbed a little coconut oil onto them. If they lick their paws afterwards, it won’t hurt them (dogs love coconut oil and it has antiinflammatory properties too)!
    One particular pet had very bad greasy fur, dry flaky skin and terrible halitosis…but after six weeks of a teaspoon of coconut oil in his main meal, and brushing his teeth with a little coconut oil, he was fluffy and kissable. And he soooo looked forward to the teeth brushing πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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