We did all we could here at our hospital, but finally had to call in an expert, board-certified veterinary dermatologist Dr. Steven LeMarie’ to perform skin testing for Sam and begin hyposensitization, or “allergy shots.”
Hyposensitization is a process of giving a patient injections of exactly what he is allergic to in order to effect a change in the immune system so that it reacts less to those allergens. Hyposensitization is not a cure-all, but it certainly makes a huge difference in many patients, as it has for Sam.
West Highland Terriers can among be the biggest dermatologic challenges for veterinarians.
Sam is such a sweet little man we hope he never has to go back to the suffering he has experienced in his life.
See you tomorrow, Dr. Randolph.