Category Archives: dogs

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New Year fizzle

So 2016 hasn’t exactly started off as amazingly as I was hoping, in fact it’s been quite the fizzle.
Bolt, my sisters beautiful dog, that I have blogged about many times, is unwell. Last night NYE, we noticed some swelling in his ear flap and this morning the Vet has confirmed that it is a blood clot and that Bolt would need to be operated on. 
Bolt has always had problems with his ears but nothing this extreme – he didn’t appear to be in any pain or discomfort last night, nor this morning but he did start shaking his head vigorously again which according to the vet is what has caused the blood clot in the first place. 
For a 13 year old dog surgery of any kind is a big deal, so we are all anxious at the moment, it doesn’t help that Bolt is actually my nephews dog and he is currently overseas. 

So to reiterate 2016 has not begun as I had hoped!! Get well Bolt xxx

  

The dreaded summer itch

  Dexter is suffering with the dreaded summer itch again!!! We have wandering Jew in our garden and he must rub himself all over it I swear because as soon as Spring and Summer hit, his skin just flares up.
It’s constant scratching and licking his paws are red and he has patches where the hair is gone from all the scratching.
Last year one of my friends gave me a spray bottle filled with watered down pinetarsal that seemed to help a little, but this year it’s just not working at all.

I have been researching on the Internet, and the home remedies vary from sea water to apple cider vinegar, to olive oil and bicarbonate of soda. 

I’m thinking a trip to the vet and an Elizabethan collar might be my only option at this stage.

Can’t believe I have been lucky enough not to have any of my children suffer from allergies, who would have thought my fur child would.
Does anyone have any other suggestions??