Feb 22, 2017
The plan for today was relax and even more relaxation. The girls have had a bit of a rash for close to two weeks. I noticed it because they were itchy and there were some rough patches on their chest. Some hair had fallen away in each area. I started to use an antifungal and antibacterial creme that I had. The affected area would start to heal but then a new area would appear every now and then. This morning we noticed that Carmeh had 3 areas on her tail where the hair had fallen off, each about 1/4 inch in diameter. It was definitely time for a visit to the vet.
By the time we finished feeding them and got ourselves ready we were off. It is a good 50 minute drive from here, fortunately there was little traffic. The vet did a quick exam and put some of the hair and scabby material on a slide and checked it under a microscope. He said that the hair was healthy and that it appeared to him that it was a bacterial skin infection. I asked how it could have happened and he said “cats”. We do have feral cats here and they do have fleas which could have led to the problem. The cats wander about our site at night.
Why oh why is there invariably something like this happening in our lives? Always has been and I guess it will continue ad infinitum. The suggested solution was a bath in a special antibacterial soap, Vetriderm. The girls were due for their K9 advantix II today which is their protection for fleas and ticks. Now we have to wait a full five days before we can administer the repellent as the bath will have stripped all of the oils from their coats. The flea/tick repellent sticks to the oil on their coats so we have to wait for it to come back after the bath.
What a long morning with a further stop at a plant nursery.
Once back home we took the girls for their daily beach walk. Two miles later they were getting ‘the bath’. They have never ever been so squeaky clean. Fortunately the soap smells nice enough. They finally got a late lunch but not us.
We finally were able to get our own lunch and then a few hours to ourselves. Can you believe that I actually turned down a margarita at the neighbors? I just needed to sit and relax with my book. Colin of course was off in his world of music.
Almost 8PM here and time for dinner. Tomorrow promises to be a new day of adventure for us.