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Well, Kodi got a reprieve from his neutering surgery for a few days... He was supposed to be neutered last Thursday, but on Monday, (almost exactly two weeks after his long-acting antibiotic shot) the Pyoderma came back. So it was back to the vet again, where she gave him another shot, and gave me some antibacterial wipes to use on any new bumps that form. (ha! try THAT on a long-haired dog!!!)
She said (and I agree completely) that she didn't want to take a chance of cutting into skin with an active infection and spreading it, so his surgery was postponed until this coming Thursday. Like the last time, withing 2 days of being on the antibiotics, the bumps were receding, and are now just about gone. She said it's not at all uncommon for them to need to be treated for more than 2 weeks to completely clear it, so she was unconcerned.
The other frustrating part is that the ticks are still SO-O-O bad that it's hard to tell what bumps are left from tick bites, and what could be Pyoderma. His head has so many bumps that we've started to call him "lumpy"... he seems to have a strong reaction to tick bites, poor thing.
The vet had me switch him from Frontline to Advantix. I guess that Frontline just kills the ticks, but it can take 24 hours to kill them, during which time, they have probably already bitten the dog. I guess that the idea is that it is unlikely that they will pass a disease to the dog if they aren't attached for more than 24 hrs. Advantix actually has a tick repellent in it, so that hopefully they don't even TRY to attach themselves to the dog. I only put it on him on Friday, so I'm not sure yet how well it's working. There was another woman in the vet's office when I was exchanging the Frontline for the Advantix, and she said she'd done the same thing a couple of weeks ago, and it's really helped.
In the mean time, I'm trying to keep him out of wooded areas as much as possible, but that's easier said than done. He had an accident in the house the other day for the first time in a LONG time. I'm sure that the problem is that his favorite poop spot is on the wooded path around our property, and I've been trying to get him to go somewhere closer to the house. He doesn't mind peeing in his litter box, but only seems willing to poop in it when the weather outside is terrible. And even just out in the yard or even on walks on the street, he's still picking them up. Some guys are chick magnets, I've got myself a tick magnet!<g> In fairness, I've pulled lots off the cat too, so it's not JUST him. We've lived here for over 20 years and we've NEVER had such a bad tick season.
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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