Hello From Oracoke
The beautiful hot, humid summer weather has set in. Time for the AC to come on! The garden is exploding and I can't wait for my tomatoes to be ripe. This week I had a little skin problem with Willo. One night when I came home from work, Chris said, "you should look at Willo's head, she came down the hall from the bedroom and she was bleeding, but I couldn't see anything after I cleaned it up & there was no blood on her bed". So I looked, and it looked like she had scratched her head, nothing serious, so I cleaned it with a chloryhexidine solution and that was that. The next day when I got up and checked her, it was all moist and oozy, red,and painful. It looked like what is described as a "hot spot", but there was no itching and the hair didn't fall out....so cleaned it again & put an anitbiotic on it. I did that 2 times a day and it seemed to get bigger. It is on her head, on the top, between her ears...so the little spot from the first night is bigger and seems to be spreading to another stop further down her head. Onto the internet I go to look up "hot spots"...and it tell me NOT to put cream or ointment on it, that it needs to dry out to heal & often time oral anitbiotics are prescribed. Fortunately I had some antibiotics and started giving them to her on Tuesday. After 24 hours on them, I saw a marked improvement. I thought if it showed no improvement by Monday, we would head to the vet. I also had to cut the hair away from the sore, so she has a bald spot on the top of her head about 3 inches long....Today it is healed over and she has a scab, no inflammation, so I think we are on our way. I have never had a skin issue with a dog and I have no idea where this came from. Has anyone else experienced anything like this with their dogs? I must not have enough to do in my life, because this took up my whole week!! Checking her, worrying about her. I am much relieved that she is better.
Aside from that we have had a busy holiday weekend, the island is packed with tourists. Storey celebrated her 4th birthday with turkey, gravy, carrots and green beans. She thought she was VERY special. (and of course she is). She has been with us for 1 1/2 years already. Almost time for another puppy. I told Chris, we already have 5, you would never even notice another. He gives me this look that says, "you ARE kidding, right?" Am I??????
Thanks Tricia I think time for another puppy on the island is a fantastic idea! Poor Willo it is lucky you had some antibiotics in the cupboard, it is obviously a condition that was not going to heal on its own. Summer has arrived at last with us today and no rain expected for us this week. We are nearly into June and the longest day, it does not seem long ago when we had all that snow! Don’t work too hard