This story was written in 4 1/2 years ago, but I couldn’t submit it on my old computer. As you can see Casey has recovered and has regrown all of his lost hair. Casey is now 14 years old.
We got Casey as a puppy and at 9 years old he had never been sick before. He was a family dog, but my daughter Lynn had trained and cared for him as her own. When she went away to college she missed him terribly and came home to get him as soon as she was able to move out of the dorm and into an apartment that would allow pets. He had been living the “college life” for about two years when Lynn called one day to say that Casey was having skin problems. She said that he was itchy and scratching so hard that he kept her awake at night. The vet said it was "the big A" and started him on steroids. The itching subsided briefly and then came back. They tried different steroids and eventually hypo-allergenic dog food. Each treatment brought improvement for a few days and a return of the symptoms within a week.
After six weeks with no discernible improvement, she brought him home where we were sure our local veterinarian would be able to help him. We started a new regime of steroids, thyroid medication, diet changes and once again each treatment brought temporary relief and a return of the problem within a week. The vet finally admitted he was out of ideas and didn’t know what to do. He offered to refer us to the state veterinary college, but said he would have to go off all medication for 90 days before they would even see him.
At this point Casey was red and raw on his entire underbelly. He had nearly chewed off his tail! He was so weak he could barely stand up. I didn’t think he would even survive another 90 days, but I agreed to take him off the medication and called for an appointment at the vet school.
|Casey In the Beginning
||Casey After 1 Month
||Casey After 5 months|
That night I was searching the internet out of desperation and came across the NZYMES.COM website. I read the testimonial about Blizzard and recognized exactly the same problem that Casey had. I immediately ordered the large Healthy-Skin Kit and waited for it to arrive. I also switched him to Eagle Pack dog food. The NZYMES Healthy-Skin Program worked exactly as the website had described. While they were careful to warn that Casey would get worse before he got better, I found that while he “looked” worse, he still “felt” better within the very first week with NZYMES. He eventually lost every single bit of his hair, but it was a gradual process that started with his tail and worked forward. At one point he looked just like a lion because he still had long hair on his head and neck and new short hair on the rest of his body. Within a month he had more energy and was starting to act like himself again. Within two months he was acting like a puppy again. Now, years and a half later, he continues to be healthy and active and has his beautiful hair coat back. He still gets NZYMES treats daily.
I followed the Healthy-Skin Program instructions and occasionally phoned for advice which was extremely helpful and reassuring. In hindsight we discovered that the skin problem began when Lynn switched him from his usual food brand to a lesser quality food because his brand was not available in her area. The total cost of the large Healthy-Skin Kit was a fraction of the cost of one trip to the university vet school. Fortunately, I was able to cancel that appointment and report that my dog was doing just fine. I hope that sharing Casey’s story and photos will help someone else recognize a yeast problem with their pet.
B. Czarnecki - MI
Health History: Immune Health, Thyroid health, Blackened skin, hair loss, Chewing, Scratching,