Today marked the first time I was permitted into the vet’s office since the Coronavirus. It was a joy to be able to take some photos. This is such a fundamental part of the human-dog experience.
For Zinnia, it was a different story. She almost lost her chill in there. She was poked and pinched within an inch of her life. We went there for a small thing, but it seemed to grow into bigger things.
Zinnia had a rough morning at the vet (it was a $471.oo visit). She jumped into a sordid pool out in the woods a day ago and came home, itching and scratching continuously and intensely.
She injured a nail and was bleeding from it; blood was all over the floor—some good reasons to go to the vet and see what was happening.
And as I held her head during Dr. Roosevelt’s examination (Dr. Fariello was off), I noticed a hot spot, an inflammation or infection she had picked up in the fetid water. They are common for Labs, but untreated can cause a lot of trouble.
Zinnia also needed her anal glands expressed and antihistamines for the itching, ointment for the hot spot, and a steroid shot. We had to ensure the itching wasn’t the result of an infection. That would require antibiotics.
She also needed a new flea and tick color, and we switched her food to a less fatty mix. I’d like her to lose a few pounds, although Dr. Roosevelt said some dogs are just genetically stocky, like Yellow Labs, and her breeder says she’s where she ought to be.
I ended up in the middle; I’d like to see her trim down a bit.
But the tick collar and the big bag of new food sent the bill shooting up. That’s life; I’ve retired from panicking about money; I think I’m close to breaking the spell. We will figure it all out.
Zinnia loves Nichole, but she went a little bonkers when they used an electric razor to cut the fur around the hot spot on her lower neck. She wasn’t crazy about the anal glad work either. (I skipped a photo of that.)
Nicole was unfazed; she knew how to handle dogs. Several times, Zinnia broke free and ran over to hide behind me, but there was no refuge, Nicole and Cassandra, the two vet techs, are more challenging than any dog or ten older men.
They put some medicine on the hot spot and trimmed the rest of her nails.
No antibiotics, new dog food to take home, pills, and a tube of ointment. The itching is quieting, Zinnia is gulping down water (the steroid shot), and the antihistamine pills seem to be working.
Zinnia is exhausted, but it was good we went. We got a lot of things done.
Dr. Roosevelt had no trouble getting down on the floor and into Zinnia’s ear. They don’t seem to put dogs up on tables any longer, they get right down onto the ground with them.