Today has been a bit of a run around day, mainly down to Cloud. I mentioned a while ago that she had been on antibiotics to try and clear up where she had chewed/scratched her side. Well, she started scratching again a little while ago and then we noticed other lesions coming up on her body. We decided she needed to go back to the vets and I managed to get an appointment this morning. It seems that she has a bacterial skin infection which is what's causing the lesions and itchiness. The vet shaved around the affected areasOn the photo above this is the site that started it all.
Poor Cloud is getting fed up wearing her cone and her face has been getting really dirty because she hasn't been able to go to the dog parlour until we sorted out what was going on. She is now on a 20 day course of antibiotics and we have to shampoo her 2 to 3 times a week with the anti-bacterial shampoo the vet has given us. Fortunately, when I phoned the dog parlour after getting home from the vets, they said if I could take her up staight away they would do the first shampoo for me and groom her. A couple of hours later and I got the call to say I could go and pick her up. She looks like a totally different dog!
The groomers have clipped her really short so that we can shampoo her easily and so that the infected areas can be treated properly. She looks so little now ;o) but seemed a happier dog when I picked her up. I've also trimmed down her cone (because her head looks so little now) which makes it easier for her to drink and sniff around outside.
However, despite everything that's going on, I have managed to do a little bit of craftiness. My knitting needles are out again and I'm trying a new pattern. This one is slightly more complicated than the previous one but it's not that difficult - I just have to concentrate on what I'm doing while I'm knitting. I enjoy having a pattern to knit as it makes it less boring than plain knitting. I've done a little bit more tonight and the back of the cardigan is nearly finished now.
We have Michelle, Matthew and Josh coming to stay tomorrow night - looking forward to seeing them again as it's been a while. Somehow I think there may be some wedding talk going on ;o). We have a few overseas visitors arriving over the next couple of months which will also be exciting but I'll tell more as the time gets nearer.
Have a wonderful weekend