Monday, October 9

the itch parade

Lizzy was scratching herself like a mad dog last night. I thought she might have contracted a bad case of fleas, though I did not see any on her. After she scratched herself raw in a couple of spots, I gave her some Benadryl and hoped for the best. I figured I'd pick up some flea killer today and that would be the end of it. But by this morning, she was covered in hives--one of her eyes was practically swollen shut. I gave her another Benadryl and called the vets. They had me bring her in immediately. She ended up getting a shot of steroids and is now on steroid medication for the next week or so. The cause of the problem is unknown. She could have been bitten by some sort of insect or ingested something that caused the reaction. We may never know, but the vet didn't think it was flea-related. So much for that idea. Of course, since the cause is unknown, the problem could occur again. And I thought Lizzy was going to be our healthy dog...

In other news, Jake made his public Cub Scout debut this evening in the Johnstown Columbus Day parade. Didn't know that there was a Columbus Day parade? Join the club. It was over in about 10 minutes, but he had a great time and so did Brian (who marched with the kids in his Republican regalia. no, he's not a Republican, but he hopes some day to make enough money to be one).