Bella (mom = Fahreen)
Hello fellow Maltese owners and lovers, I am hoping to get lots of feedback and thoughts - thank you in advance! We have a 6m old furbaby Bella; our family's first and she has TAKEN OVER our hearts and home. Bella was bought from an extremely wonderful and reputable breeder in OR (who does Malts only). She has grown beautifully, is energetic, has trained well and loves people! She does not tolerate meds well - had a massive GI flare-up to heartworm interceptor so we never gave it again and she has had no flea/tick med for the past month either. The past 3-4 weeks she has started itching excessively around her ears/chin, licking her paws constantly, and the rims of her eyes have gotten so pink! Her breeder rec'd cutting out all chicken and we have stopped giving Bella any poultry; she has had a couple of vet visits and all cytology reports are normal. She has no pathology of mites, or fleas/ticks (she is indoors mostly with no exposure to dog parks, other dogs etc). She is now eating Farmina or Open Farm Kibble with some fresh steamed broccoli - Lamb mostly (hardly eating - she liked her home made food). Her vet rec'd Benadryl and Bella did not do well with that and hence, I am afraid to go down the injections/Cytopoint route also. We are also giving her a immunity booster/probiotic. It is killing us to see her itch like this and her eyes! She maintains a great spirit tho! Any thoughts or input here? Sounds like an allergic rxn, right? Any thoughts on giving Colostrum? I am looking into a naturopathic/holistic vet nearby us in Seattle.