Jimmy Stewart woke up this morning and had large pink bumps on both front legs. His face around his mouth and his ears were also slightly pink. He wasn't acting himself. So, off to the vet we went.
The vet said it is an allergy-either food, contact allergy, or ringworm. They did blood work, tested for ringworm, and sent him home to take antihistamine (half of one 10mg Claritan, once a day.)
Jimmy's blood work was fine but he's low on potassium for some reason. We are not sure why he would be low on potassium: disease, dehydration, inability to absorb nutrients (which is what Katharine's problem has been.) Vet thinks it could be the Methigel acidified we give for his bladder. It was to help keep the pH level balanced. We are to take him off of it and retest in a month. We weren't suppose to give a potassium supplement but he seemed too run down. So, we are using Renal K powder, one full scoop, once a day, mixed into his food for a week.
Meanwhile he's perked up on antihistamine but the vet is concerned because he shouldn't have and thinks that could indicate other more serious issues that produce histamine such as tumors. Again we will wait and see how the skin lesions respond before having a biopsy.
Jimmy continues to respond well to the antihistamine. The lesions are pale pink and the pink around his mouth and ears has disappeared. He's perked up so the antihistamine and potassium may be improving his condition.