Zoe’s skin lesions continued to deteriorate. Her paw pads appeared that they might just crumble off her feet…she licked on them continuously, so we alternated pain meds and Benadryl to try to give her some relief. In the midst of this, her lip margins began to have big black scabs appear all along her muzzle.
Understanding that Zoe was so sick and not knowing what was wrong was such a helpless feeling! It was so scary and feeling like at any moment, she was going to die and what IF we could have done something to save her?! But we HAD to have a diagnosis in order to know what to do!
Our vet arranged for us to be seen at Auburn’s Veterinary School in order to get her off the phenobarb, so we could continue to give her a anti-fungal for her paw yeast infection, since the interaction was so bad before! My husband and I drove the 2 hours there with me in the back seat just loving on her to keep her comfortable.
Within 10 minutes of having the vets at Auburn examine her, we had the diagnosis: hepatocutaneous syndrome, but they wanted to do a liver ultrasound to determine if she had the honeycomb appearance consistent with the disease and unfortunately, she did. We did NOT want her to go thru the needle biopsy of her liver, since her symptoms so closely matched the disease, we opted to forgo that test. The news was not good, the prognosis was just plain AWFUL!
I started my research immediately! I found TONS of information about Dr. Jean Dodds and her liver cleansing diet and started Zoe on that right away. The diet was very time consuming at first until I got the hang of how to make enough food for about a week and freeze it. Also, found poly-vi-sol with iron to help with her anemia and Missing Link supplements to add to each meal.