Yesterday, we found out what was causing Zephyr’s (and to some degree, Tosca’s) incessant chewing and scratching… Yeah, my favorite: fleas. So, I dropped everything and bathed three dogs, washed several loads of bedding (both doggie and people) and vacuumed the entire house. The ironic part of the story is that I didn’t find a single flea on either Tosca or Zephyr, even though I looked and looked, both before, during and after their baths. When they both started scratching and chewing on themselves after we got home from Oregon, that was the first thing I did — look for fleas. Nothing. Absolutely not a single flea, no flea dirt, no sign, no nothing. Instead, I was sitting next to my sweet Rio on the couch and all of a sudden one crawled out of her fur at her amp incision scar and onto her naked belly, just as brazen as could be, followed by a complete mom freak-out. (About the only thing in the insect world that grosses me out more than fleas are ticks. Ugghh!!!) I don’t want to give Rio any unnecessary meds right now, so I will be rubbing her down daily with a few drops of eucalyptus oil in hopes that it will discourage any more nibbling by the stinking fleas. I did, however, douse the Monkey-doofuses post-bath with flea-killing chemicals (of which I am not proud)….
Speaking of the Woo, her fan club has been clamoring for an update on how she’s doing. Let’s just say, she’s battle-scarred and tired, but still fighting. I would love it if she makes it to her 1-year milestone (and then some), but I am fully aware that it might not happen. The swelling in her belly has gotten worse, and has moved down into the knee and ankle of her remaining back leg. Her mobility hasn’t been that great lately, either. She’s unsteady and frequently loses her balance and has to catch herself. I’m not sure if it’s due to the swelling in the leg, or if her floppy belly-skin is making her lose her balance. Regardless, she still has flashes of a younger, healthier Woo — especially with the snow of the last couple of days. She’s always loved snow, and my heart is happy to see her boing-boinging around in it. She got all silly after her bath yesterday, too, racing down the hall, tossing her head and snorting, grabbing her toys and flipping them into the air. And when I was giving Tosca a much-needed brushing, Rio was being “the Sheriff.” (She always polices certain activities such as brushing and toenail clipping, in case I need some protection.)
So, here’s hoping for a hoppy 1-year, but if we don’t make it that far, we’re gonna go out fighting…..
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