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.....