Well, the first season of Bravo TV’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” (aka RHOBH) is over, but the dog drama emanating from the finale and reunion shows is still shaking up the airwaves. I must admit that RHOBH is one of my guilty pleasures and a source of creative inspiration for my Real Housedogs of Beverly Hills series of articles (see related links at bottom of this page).
Since I posted the article The Real Housedogs of Beverly Hills Part 1- Taylor Armstrong and Snowball, there has been a restructuring of the Armstrong household to exclude Snowball. Can you believe it? Taylor’s daughter, Kennedy, developed allergies to Snowball (allegedly) and would have needed allergy shots in order to keep their fluffy (yet non-shedding and hypoallergenic) pooch in the household.
Taylor tearfully informed the RHOBH audience Snowball was going to a new home during the finale. I have to respect Taylor’s attempt to keep some semblance of a relationship between Kennedy and Snowball by rehoming him with a close friend. It is always tough to give up a beloved pet, so I expend my sympathy to the Taylor and her family.
Now on to Giggy and Lisa Vanderpump. The ‘Lost Footage” reunion special featured Lisa sharing her quest to find a resolution to Giggy’s constant pruritis (itching). There are two unfortunate things that occurred in the shown footage.
First, Lisa and her husband, Kenneth Todd, depart for the veterinary hospital with Giggy sitting in Ken’s lap in the passenger side of their Bentley. This is a common and dangerous trend for any owner transporting their pet. Considering how much Lisa cares for her little Pomeranian, I wish she would use a rigid carrier fixed to the car seat. I suggest a Firstrax Sof-Krate N2, which is a fabulous canine travel accessory in which my dog, Cardiff loves to safely travel.
Second, Lisa brings Giggy to a general practice veterinarian, John Winters, at Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital for evaluation of his severe, chronic skin disease. At this point in the visible manifestation of Giggy’s integumentary illness, I would have taken my own dog to see a veterinary dermatologist (like Dr Rudayana Ghubash at the Animal Dermatology Clinic).
Giggy was prescribed Atopica (Cyclosporine), an immunomodulating drug aimed at reducing the body’s response to inflammation caused by seasonal or non-seasonal allergies. I hope that Giggy is showing a positive response to his treatment. The use of omega fatty acids, nutrition (like novel protein/carbohydrate whole food diet in replacement the dry food Lisa is shown feeding him), Chinese herbs, acupuncture, and other treatments can also help manage allergic skin disease.
What is next for the Real Housedogs of Beverly Hills? That is likely up to the network executives at Bravo and the availability of both the “Real Housewives” and their canine companions.
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