This was Lily just over a week ago, minding her own business, dabbling a paw or two in the pool, enjoying the sunshine . . . .
When it became too hot, she went for a dip, fought with the hose and generally had a really fine time . . .
Yesterday, she had a small 'wet' rash just below her ear, the size of a 10 cent piece. I daubed it with Betadine and didn't think much of it. I came home tonight to a wet patch the size of a dinner plate and rushed her to the vet . . .the 'hot spot' had become a mass of wet soreness and matted fur, bloody and weeping and she required sedating, shaving, treating and is now sulking around the house with a rather nasty open flesh wound. She's clearly embarrassed about the festy look . . .Clare's gone to bed because she feels 'sick' just looking at it!
My poor beautiful girl . . Lily that is . . .they also found a bite wound on her cheek and that was also shaved and treated, a lost battle with a Possum perhaps. I can't fit an Eizabethan Collar because it will aggravate the wound . . .gah . . it's going to be a restless night with me yelling 'stop it!' every time she attempts to aggravate the thing. I couldn't believe how big it had got in the space of 8 hours!
And, besides the sedation, cleaning, shaving I have been given a plethora of topical cleaners and medicated shampoos, cortisone tablets and antibiotics to be applied three times daily and told to stop her scratching, licking and tormenting the thing in the process . . .
The sum total of her fun in the sun . . . .$380! Is it any wonder I can't save any money!