Today, I’m thankful for people who care about me. My mom is always looking out for me, and since several days ago, she has been monitoring my belly. Lucky for me, she took me to the vet yesterday to get me on the road to recovery. While I dislike going to the vet, they are really good at what they do, and they too care about me.
On the weekend, Mom noticed some pink/red spots on my lower tummy. She figured they were just bug bites and they would go away. By Monday one was pretty red, and they were getting worse, not better, so she called our vet. They agreed they are most likely bug bites, and Benedryl would solve my problems.
Mom checked my belly a few times each day. It appeared one spot was going away, but not the others. Oddly, I was not at all bothered by the spots, no licking or itching at all. By Wednesday afternoon, the one spot looked so red, Mom was getting scared. She got me an appointment to see the vet because things were getting worse. I was my usual nervous mess at the vet, and would not even eat the cookie they gave me.
After trying to look at my belly, the vet decided to take me in back, put me on my back to shave the area, clean it, and get a better look. I was not a willing participant and had to be basically dragged away!
It only took a little while for me to get all shaved and diagnosed. Apparently, I don’t do well with gnats or other types of biting bugs. I have many bug bites on my lower belly which caused me to have a reaction sending bacteria into the area. Basically, I’m fighting myself by sending my own bactera, and this new bacteria caused a skin infection resulting in the red rings. What a stupid mess! I am not a fan of bugs! Luckily, it is nothing serious and will hopefully be gone soon after taking some antibiotics. Once they shaved me, the circles became really apparent. Mom says it hurts her to just look at them, but they don’t bother me at all.
I actually had a similar infection on a lot smaller scale last summer under one of my front legs, so I guess bugs and I really are not friends!
I was returned to the exam room so Mom could pay my bill, and you can see how much better I was feeling already. In the photo my by my back leg it looks red, and that is the worst of the circles. Now if the silly red color would go away, I will be back to looking good! Thank you to those people who care about me so much like my mom and the vets at the clinic we go to.
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