Sunday, March 25, 2012

Paris' Skin Allergy

Ever since we moved into our new place in west LA (which we loooveeee!!), Paris has not had a good experience in the new place.. Namely because as you can see in the sad sad sad pictures, he's been having allergies (to what i don't know) and has been chewing his fur (and skin raw)... :(

 We have gone to the vets twice.. to no avail.. because every time the vet just prescribed him on steroid but does not really know what cause the allergy.. A couple weeks ago Paris' allergy got worse and he basically chewed 1/4 of his back fur off.. I am losing hope on the vet and decided that I need to take him to a specialist.. That's when I stumble upon this animal dermatologist, who is basically next door to my current vet yet I never know they exist!
Animal Dermatology Clinic
13286 Fiji Way Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 822-3376

 I called them up and they informed that they are only open on weekdays.. and on Mondays they work until 9pm (i believe) According to yelp, their superstar vet is Dr Kirby , but I was desperate and Dr Kirby was booked.. so i set up an appointment with dr Wilson. The receptionist kindly told me that the first consultation is $160 for 1 hour long !! not including medicine.... I couldn't decide if i want to take paris in or not , but finally cave in.. the night after I made the appointment, Paris had made a bigger scar on his skin and the wound is bleeding :(

 I went to my appointment, dr Wilson asked a lot a lot of questions, took Paris back and did some examination on his skin and his infected ear.. She thinks that paris is allergic to flea and his food.. because he chewed around his tail area, he doesn't like to eat his food as much, he is a lil gassy .. we have changed his food recently.. she prescribed Paris on twice a month flea medication instead of once a month and prescribed him to eat Kangaroo/oat kibbles... yes KANGAROO! zzz....

paris seemed to be better.. our only problem is he is supposed to be on a strict kangaroo diet and nothing else.. but he always managed to find ways to get to our food (that breakfast pastry on our dining table - yup gone.... the night i forgot to put the trash can away.. yup trash can rampage...) ZZZ... he was on that trash can rampage yesterday and today he is all itchy.. but he is off the steroid medication today (the steroid medication is put on tapered schedule so he doesn't become tolerant to it) the poor boy is all itchy...

i wish to say that HE LEARNT FROM HIS LESSON AND WILL NEVER AGAIN RAMPAGE THE TRASH CAN.. but of course.. that is my inner hope and not his thinking... so that is the journey of Paris' skin allergy... and yes the vet's bill cost an arm and a leg, and Arthur declares that I can't eat sushi until June (!!!).. Lets just say thank god i have my own credit card.... :p


  1. awwww. When I lived in LA my dog had terrible skin allergies as well. It always comes in waves. I think our vet said it was something to deal with the trees in our area...I don't know...bleh so annoying! I feel you pain though.

  2. i know.. it's an expensive problem and at the same time it breaks your heart looking at him suffering..