Barney during our walk at Tarr Steps, in Exmoor, last month. It's a stunning place, I loved all the ferns and tall trees - and the moss that seems to cover practically every rock, tree trunk and fallen log. Barney loved the river that ran along side the path... because last month he was allowed to play in water whenever he wanted!! This month he is banned from all water based activities - I feel really mean as it is so hot, he'd enjoy nothing more than swimming in the river but for the good of his ear, and now his leg he's not so much as going for a paddle!
His ear seems to be settling down, I've been using the drops for nearly a week now and he's mostly stopped scratching and certainly isn't holding it oddly... However, as some of you may remember Barney has also got a sore leg. When I mentioned it at the end of the week, it seemed a minor injury - couldn't even see a cut, there was just a slight reddening under the fur. Well, since then, Barney's been chewing and licking it and despite my frantic attempts at distracting him by giving him bones and at keeping it clean by washing it and bandaging it hadn't got better :( I checked it Mon morning, just hrs before I was due to get the train with Barney, up to Worcestershire for the night, ready for my hospital check-up the next day....
To my horror, far from showing signs of improvement, his leg was
clearly infected. So, I ended up cancelling my hospital appointment
(got one for 2 weeks time now) and making a vet appointment instead.
He had a steroid injection (he was a wimp - and pulled very nasty
faces at the kind young vet who gave it him!!) and he's now on
antibiotics for a few days, with another appointment booked for the
end of the week. If he's not improving we'll have to have skin samples
taken, to see what's infecting him! The vet and I are a bit worried
about lick granuloma developing as they are very hard to treat, so hoping this goes away
soon. Poor, silly puppy!! I could really do with a break from health
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