Just What the Doctor Ordered
We went from being a happy, relatively healthy household to a pharmacy in the span of one day. I don’t know what happened exactly – I just knew that I was having some foot pain, and Paige had some concerning eye irritation so I made doctors’ appointments for the both of us.
First up was Paige. As each day progressed, her right eye would get more and more red and swollen. It would get very watery and she would try to scratch at it at night.
It’s not the clearest picture, but I think you get the idea. Along with that, she was scratching a couple of select spots on her belly, so I figured we could have it all checked out at once. I hoped that all it boiled down to was a seasonal allergy. So off we went to our friends at City Veterinary Care. The vet did a full run down – which was great since Paige hasn’t had a check up since we got her. And we got great news: she’s as sturdy as an ox.
As for the concerning issues: the eye did boil down to allergies. We got some drops (which you’d think were liquid fire the way Paige avoids them) that have to go in both of her eyes twice a day for a week. The scratching of the belly: well, that’s not allergies. She’s got a minor yeast infection on her belly which is causing the itching – so now we have a regular bathing schedule with a medicated shampoo for the next two weeks.
On top of all of that, we brought in a stool sample just for good measure. The results weren’t as unpleasant as they could have been, but it does turn out that Paige has a parasite called Coccidia. Thankfully, this isn’t nearly as troublesome as some other intestinal parasites we’ve had to deal with in the past, but it does come with some tablets that she has to take once daily for ten days. The suckiest part of it is that Lucy has to take the tablets, too! Since they play a lot, the vet decided it was best that both dogs get treatment. Hoo. Ray.
The next day was my turn. I found out I have plantar fasciitis in my left foot. Basically, there’s a large band that runs the length of your entire foot from heel to the base of your toes which is very fibrous. It can tear, which can cause severe pain. Well, mine is pretty badly torn, and walking two dogs separately four times every day isn’t exactly helping the situation. My doctor prescribed orthotic insoles and some other meds and is treating my foot with ultrasound (which tickles more than any tickling I have ever experienced). I was also instructed to ice my foot every night by rolling it on a frozen water bottle. Well, I don’t have one of those, so I’m subbing a bottle of vodka. Works just as well, if not better, if you ask me!
And if all of that weren’t enough – it’s summertime, and that means it’s flea & tick time! So we’ve broken out preventatives and you all should, too! Ask your vet for recommendations, do your research and find the product that is best for you and your four legged friends, and start using it now! So off we go into the abyss of medicines, baths and booze. Should be an interesting two weeks!