Tuesday, November 25, 2014

For Better and For Worse

Just last week Rob and I asked each other what we wanted for Christmas. We both had to have some time to think about it, but neither of us had a hot water heater on our list. Too bad, that's what we're getting. Over the weekend our hot water heater died and though we tried to resuscitate it, we had to let it go. This ranks right along with the year I received a new disposal for Christmas and the year I got a new roof for my birthday. Oh well, it's all part of the joy of owning a home, another of those things the adults glossed over when we were growing up.
The new addition to the household arrived this morning and now I'm so looking forward to a shower and a mountain of dishes. Merry Christmas!

On the better side, we took Morgan and Fudge to visit Dr B yesterday. Last week Morgan had a little spot on her back leg. We treated it with a medicated lotion and it healed up. But, there's always a but, isn't there? But, Sunday she started chewing on her front leg. Dr B shaved all her legs and says it looks like she has some infected hair follicles that are itching and causing her to chew. She's doing even more damage to the skin by chewing, so she's on an antibiotic.
Fudge went for his six month checkup. His eyes, ears, heart and lungs were all good. His teeth were gleaming. He had dropped about five pounds but he's still at a good weight as long as he doesn't lose any more. He has a problem with his right elbow. I noticed that his gait had changed and when the Doc moved it, Fudge pulled away. We'll increase his fish oil and keep an eye on it.

I was concerned about his coat thinning on his lower back. Dr B noticed it, too and said the texture has also changed. He took blood for a senior panel and called this morning. The lab report looked great, even the thyroid so we're going to try some melatonin for the hair loss. I hadn't heard of that, but after doing some research, it looks like about 50% of the cases see good results. We'll give it a try.

Samba and I both tried melatonin for sleep disorders a few years ago and it didn't work for wither of us. It actually kept me awake and I didn't see any change in Samba. Maybe it'll work better for this condition.
All in all it was a good visit. Morgan should respond well to the antibiotic and Fudge is in great shape for a dog his age. Now about that Christmas present.....

8 comments:

Sam said...

We can sympathize with you. With us it's either dog related stuff or house issues. Sounds like the situation at your house right? Maybe there will be enough money left for a good burger and fries. Does that sound like a reasonable Christmas gift for each other?

Two French Bulldogs said...

I had that infected hair follicle. I had to get 2 stitches when they removed the bump. Glad you feel better
I don't like your Christmas present by the way. I would rather a treat
Edward (& Lily)

Susie and Sidebite said...

Our peeps learned that a long time ago (in a galaxy far far away) that seems to be the thing for presents. The question is always asked "what would you like"....but then...oops, never mind, new heater unit, thats what your getting!

The Mad Scots

Casey said...

I've seen a lot of pups helped with melatonin, so hopefully it'll work!

Foley Monster and Pocket said...

We went through the no hot water for a couple of days. Yuck. Heater needed a part. I hope all your doggies are feeling better soon. Between the heater and the medication you are spending a lot of money before the holidays.

gMarie said...

I think hubby just bought me a 4 pack of tickets to the theater! I'm very excited. A couple of years ago - our water heater went out just before the holidays - we switched to a tankless water heater and I love it! Enjoy the hot water!

g

Mitch and Molly said...

Not a very exciting gift but a necessary one if you like hot water. Merry Christmas, Sue ☺

Soggibottom said...

Called in to wish you Happy Thanksgiving. I can see you have your hands full with paws. Freya always has cod liver oil in her dinner. IT WORKS...
Get that hot water working.
lots of love Sue :-) X X X