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Friday, August 26, 2011

Itchy and Scratchy

I know I’ve mentioned previously that our Molly hasn’t been in the best of health these last few weeks. She’s been suffering with a terrible itch and the antihistamines I have been giving her are no longer working.

She started getting a rash and skin abrasions this week which indicated it was time for her to go back to the dreaded vet (I don’t find the Irish Mark appalling in the least, but Molly obviously doesn’t share my opinion). Because Andy had the day off work today he was the one to take her. I imagine that our phone conversation afterward must have sounded no different to the girls in the office than if I’d been talking to my husband about a child. I was firing off questions about what the vet had to say, asking why he thinks it might be an allergy to her food and what side effects the tablets she is now going to have to take for a month will have on her.

I suppose the only positive we can take from this is the boys might finally come to the realization that feeding our dog cookies and other crappy human food is not beneficial, no matter how unkind it seems to refrain from doing so. One thing that is clear though, is that both Andy and I hate seeing our little fur-girl suffer and we will do everything to ensure it stops.

It’s been an added bonus having John around as he takes Molly for a long walk every day while I am at work and that combined with any exercise we give her, should help keep her weight down due to the steroids she is now on.

I think taking her on a nice long hike this weekend will be top of the agenda.

Our poorly girl


Laraf123 said...

Oh, Molly, I hope you are feeling better soon. Go on a long hike to take your mind off the itchiness--then curl up with your humans and have sweet dreams!

Rob, Tina and the boys said...

I dont know if you can get it there but tea tree oil is a fantastic thing to help with the skin abrasions and itchiness. We used it on our golden lab growing up when she would break out. It is all natural, although it is very strong smelling. I also used it on our greyhound, and even use it myself for breakouts on my face and on the boys for flybites. I always have a bottle in my house.