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!