All my readers keep telling me that I will learn so much from my BIG brother Lightning. So I am trying to listen very carefully and learn all that I can.
But Lightning said we wouldn't be having class today because he has a "hot spot". I don't know what that means, but Mom said I have to take good care of Lightning and not bother him too much.
I don't think I like that big black thing he has on his head so I thought I would just try to keep him company by lying quietly next to him. Is that what I should be doing?
Since I didn't want to be too close to his head, I thought I would try hugging his tail. Maybe he would like that.
Oops, that sunpuddle found me and I just fell sound asleep.
So here's the story from Mom:
Tuesday night I discovered a huge sore on the side of Lightning's neck. We paid a visit to the vet yesterday where it was determined that he has a bad hot spot. Most likely it began a few weeks ago when he was groomed at the kennel before coming home from being boarded. His undercoat may not have been dried thoroughly enough. Add to that the stress of his last week with Ciara, the loss of Ciara, and the entrance of a puppy - the perfect recipe for a hot spot to fester. He is on a round of antibiotics to prevent infection. But the hot spot is incredibly itchy, and Lightning has a mighty powerful back paw. So out came the dreaded cone. Poor guy was miserable with both the cone and the itchies. Benadryl did nothing for him. So today the vet gave him some Apoquel tablets to calm the itchiness. If it doesn't work, he will get a prednisone shot. He had his first dose late morning, and I am already seeing him feeling more comfortable. He is getting some freedom from the cone while I can supervise him, but it will go back on overnight. Poor boy!!!
Yes, Mom, I am much happier right now.
Thanks for the good meds.
OK, Lightning, what's this all about? I am not so sure about this orange thing around my neck. But at least it isn't as bad as that black cone.
Just look at Mom, Misty - she has treats!!!
It will all be over soon.
I have SO much to learn:)
Woos - Lightning and Misty