It's been two years since our little pooch has been to the vet. Either due to itching or boredom, she'd scratched and chewed off nearly every hair that she could reach, and had herself stinking something awful from her efforts. Our Long-Haired Dachshund was soon going to look like a Mexican Hairless if we didn't do something. Lack of money was the reason that we'd put it off so long, the same reason that it has been even longer since either of us has been to the dentist or eye doctor. I had a little overtime this week, though, and figured that I could spare a hundred or so, if need be.
I called the vet during a stop along the road this week and got an appointment for 8 o'clock this Saturday (today). The vet who I was supposed to have was running late, so another vet stepped in and waited on me at 8:30. She soon diagnosed the problem as a primary allergy to something, which caused the itching, licking and scratching. This, in turn, caused a fungal infection and a slight flea infestation, plus she had an ear infection. In 20 years of having a dog in the house, this was the first time for a flea problem. The vet did find one live flea on her, though. The pooch ended up getting a needle in each quarter, one for the fleas, one to help with the itching, one for the fungal infection, and one shot for distemper, which was past due.
I discussed with the vet about getting her the anti-itch shot more often, but that my wife and I knew it could bring on diabetes. She said it might not be needed every month, and that not all dogs were sensitive to it anyway. The poor little thing is so miserable that we may take the chance; she's certainly miserable as is. Even if she does turn diabetic, that's something that's treatable. The vet said she'd send the meds to the front desk, so we said our goodbye's and I went over to the desk to square up. I about fainted when the girl said “$289". I don't think we'll be having any more dogs after this one.
Oh well, it's not like we need to eat this week! ;-) © 2015