Tuesday, 11 July 2017

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It's been very doggy orientated at Number 38 today. Sparky and Wendy went to the groomers this morning. Sparky had the full works, a wash, dry and cut. Wendy just had her paws and ears done.

Grooming day is all a bit of a faff really. It takes 20 minutes to drive them there, then 20 minutes back home. Within 3 hours they're ringing me to collect them so that's another 20 minute drive I have to do each way. Sparky hates the whole thing. He's so nervous about anything that isn't routine that it feels cruel to put him through it. But he's a poodle and poodles need grooming regularly. To try and alleviate some of his stress I've booked a home groomer in for their next session to see how that goes. He still won't like it, but at least he'll be in familiar surroundings.

Poor old  Sparky. He's had a rough day all in all. The past couple of days he's been scratching and nibbling his tail. I took him to the vets about this at the beginning of the year and they gave him steroids which helped. 

Anyway, when I picked him up from the groomers you could see he's nibbled himself red raw under his tail and there is a nasty red patch on his back as well. I rang the vet and managed to book him in this afternoon. When she gave him a good looking over we could see his skin is in quite a bad way so he was given another steroid injection and an antibiotic injection. He's also got both in tablet form for the next 7 days. 

The time he's been in the house today he's spent scooting up and down with his head under the sofa trying to scratch that itch. Hopefully his skin will start to feel better over the coming days. 

What with the grooming and the vets I've managed to get through a fair whack of cash today. The vets are very good though. She prescribed a tablet then found a different one that wouldn't cost as much. I was told not to make a follow up appointment unless the skin doesn't heal and she mentioned skin samples being taken but in the same breath told me not to bother at the moment. 

They never run to time but you go knowing that and it doesn't matter because they never rush you during an appointment. It's very rare that you are in and out again within 30 minutes. So all in all it's a brilliant service. Better than the GP sometimes!

xxx



14 comments:

  1. Poor Sparky. My aunts dog had a similar problem. He was on steroids and a cortisone cream. He did get some relief from oatmeal baths. My aunt would put a couple of spoonfuls of oatmeal in a little sachet bag. She had a baby bath that she used on the counter, easier on the back, soaked the oatmeal in the water until it looked milky and then bathed him in it.

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    1. It looks really sore Janice but hopefully it will calm down now he's had injections. She asked if we would be able to apply cream but he's so anxious that if he can't see what you're doing he tends to turn around and nip. Not sure we'd get a muzzle on him either. xx

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  2. Poor Sparky, what a day. And yes, I can imagine the bucketloads of cash you've had to fork out. Hope Sparky is feeling better soon, poor chap.

    Pets. They give us some worry, don't they? :O(
    xx

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    1. I'm just thankful he was due to be groomed so we could actually see what we were dealing with. Hopefully with the injections, the tablets and his fur gone, it will start to heal now.

      Yes, you know for a fact you're going to be handing over £50 at least and probably a lot more. But it's worth every penny. I hate to think of them in pain. xx

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  3. Poor Sparky. Lets hope the itching calms down soon and the skin can heal. When my dog had a skin issue I used to put a honey cream on it. I'm sure it helped.
    Going to the vets can be an expensive business but they are always efficient. X

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    1. Honey cream sounds lovely Jules, wouldn't mind that myself :) She asked if we'd be able to put cream on him but he's so nervous I know he wouldn't let us. He doesn't seem to be nibbling as much but when something is healing it itches anyway doesn't it, so it could be a vicious circle. Just hope the tablets keep things under control for him.

      I don't mind going to our vets. If you ring up they always try to offer advice over the phone first but I knew in this case he'd need an injection. You can usually get in the same day as well. Animals seem to have better access to medical care than we do! xx

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  4. Poor Sparky! Nothing worse than itchy skin. My cat has to have occasional steroid injections for a scabby itchy area behind her neck - which the vet says is stress related - seeing as she has the life of Riley I don't believe him!! Not a happy week in our family pet wise. My MIL's little friendly jack russell, who was more like a person than dog, was knocked down and killed on a quiet country road. The driver never even stopped. She'd just pulled through a serious bout of pancreatitis too and it is heartbreaking :(

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    1. You know Mrs, Sparky has the life or riley as well so I've no idea why he's so nervous but he is, even to the point when I shout upstairs for Amy or Thomas to come for tea if he's feeling particularly sensitive he can slink off as though we've shouted at him. Very strange because we make a point of not raising our voice to him at all because of the way he is. Wendy, you could shout at til the cows came home and she'd still be galloping around wagging her tail like a fool.

      That's really sad about your friends dog - I think it's an offence not to stop if you hit a dog isn't it. I know what you mean about them seeming human. I swear Sparky understands every word we're saying. xx

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  5. Can empathise with Sparky as I'm an itchy kind of human! Hope I have posted my latest project on Instagram for you to see. Catriona

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    1. Well, when you start itching you can't stop can you so it's a vicious circle. Thomas gets itchy - always at bedtime! I think he gets hot and bothered and then sets off scratching. There have been nights when I've had to sit with him for ages scratching his back and applying wet flannels. It looks horrible as well. Big white lumps appear from nowhere. Touch wood its not happened for a while.

      I'll have a look at your post on Instagram. Did you manage to put everything away from the van? :) xx

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  6. Oh poor Sparky. I hope he's better soon.
    Smudge usually has a skin condition during the summer months but on his tummy which he rubs on the carpet to try and scratch it. He's had it for years but this year there is no sign of it which is odd.
    He's having his hair cut tomorrow so that he looks smart for his 105th birthday.
    Hugs-x-

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    1. Thanks Sheila, the itching seems to be calming down touch wood. I wondered if it was a seasonal thing but she said it could be anything. We don't walk him on grass either so it can't be that.

      Goodness 105 years old. Happy Birthday Smudge! In human years that's 15 - lots of pets seem to live to a ripe old age these days, it's all the love and attention and pampering they get:) xx

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  7. Hope Sparky's itch is better, now.

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    1. He's on the mend Bless. The antibiotics and steroids are doing their job thank goodness. xx

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