I have a pesky poorly paw. I had been surreptitiously nibbling and licking at it for a few days to try and sort it out myself, but ma and pa noticed on Monday that I was really going at it. They tried their best to distract me with cuddles and lots of filled Kongs as well as lots of "noooooooo's", but I had such a strong urge to meddle with it that I simply could not leave it be.
I was off to the vet on Wednesday anyway for my vaccination booster, so ma told the (very pretty) vet about it and she had a look. She said I had a nasty skin infection, and my self-prescribed nibble therapy had simply landed me with a secondary infection to top it off. Well, how was I to know? I was just trying to sort it out myself so ma and pa didn't spend all my treat funds on vet bills.
I had to have my paw shaved and cleaned thoroughly. I didn't like this as it was on my sore bits and the vet made me wear a muzzle as I was grumbly with her and a nurse had been badly bitten the previous day by another dog. I was just trying to tell her it hurt. I have never liked my back feet being fiddled with - I had a nasty experience having my dew claws removed as a young pup I think. My old owner told ma and pa about it so they were able to let the vet know I wouldn't like it. Anyhow, once the vet had finished, she gave me lots of cuddles and liver treats and we were friends again. I had my injection with no bother, needles are no problem for me.
The vet isn't sure why I got an infection.. She said it could be something I've walked on (grass, other foliage), food, maybe a bit of stress at moving house (though I am loving it here so I don't think it is that), dust mite allergy (ma was a bit put out at this suggestion!) or perhaps I already had it when I came to live here and my previous owners hadn't picked up on it. Anyway, I have some rather girly pink tablets to clear up the infection and this remarkably embarrassing collar to wear so I break the nibble cycle. I went back to the surgery for the nurse to have a nosy at my paw today and she declared it much better already, hurrah!
Ma is going to take me to the behaviourist at the surgery so I can start to be desensitised to having my paws touched. Ma says this is why it's important to get young puppies used to having every last bit of them poked and prodded. Good luck with that Cassidy! The behaviourist says I have just learned to growl to humans to tell them to back off when they hold my paws and it is a very common issue for dogs not to like having their paws fiddled with. I need help to bury the old memories. She reckons with her help ma and pa should have some skills to work with and help me realise it's not that bad.
So I had to greet my new grandma, grandad, uncle, aunt and baby cousin looking like this! How shameful. And I keep bumping into everyone and everything. They gave me a long/wide cone as they said I had a long nose - how rude! Ma has seen some more flexible ones, so if I have to wear this for longer than a week, she says she may get me one to make getting around the house a bit easier.
I do a very good "woe is me" face don't you think? I actually don't mind wearing it all that much and haven't made a big fuss at all, but this face does get one lots of treats and snuggles. The first night I didn't sleep much, but now I have worked out how to get comfy properly.
Getting up the stairs is a bit tricky, but I have just about got it sussed. It requires holding your head high and then it's full steam ahead!
Thankfully, ma and pa don't make me wear the darned thing when I go for my jaunts around the neighbourhood. I would hate all my new found friends to be laughing at me.
I had great fun with my grandma, grandad and other new relatives. Baby Leo is simply gorgeous and smelt all baby sweet, aah. I have a few photos, I'll post them over the weekend.