Finally, Dumpling is acting like a normal pup. Climbing on the couch repeatedly (which is forbidden here), relentlessly bugging the older two dogs, who happily play with him in a toned-down, more gentle fashion, and, humping Chloe (he is not yet neutered because of the Demodex).
He and Guy have formed a kind of brotherly bond and they like lounging in the sun together.
Nathan was also kind enough to come by to see Dumpling on the weekend, however, he doesn't like getting his hands dirty, so he only played with mange-free dogs in the house. ;)
Nonetheless, thanks for coming by, Nathan. The other dogs appreciated some attention, since they have been a little neglected lately. (Nathan is a volunteer-in-training at the SFACC (where Dumpling came from) and all-round dog lover).
Dumpling had a visitor today. Christine from Give a Dog a Bone, who cared for, and spent time with little Dumpling while he was at the shelter. (Thank you, Christine.) She practices Reiki on humans and animals and continues to do energy healing on him. Perhaps that is part of why he seems to be healing so fast!
He almost enjoyed his bath today. It doesn't hurt him so much; only a few raw areas remain on his skin. I gently washed his face too to clean off some of the yeast accumulation.
He is more comfortable sitting and lying and even went for a walk around the block with the other dogs and he loved it.
Doesn't look like progress, but I can tell his demeanor is better this evening. Following me around; sitting beside me. He moved a 12lb weight to break out of his caged off area this morning. He is a determined little fellow.
He's still very raw and sore, obviously, but he's a trooper.
As soon as I take off the cone for a brief reprieve and pee outing, he's much more chipper, but also ready to scratch the crap out of his yeasty head, so I have to watch him.
I'm guessing the healing will go first in-first out, so I expect the feet to clear up last. They are the worst, too. His back will probably start to heal up first. I might try a wash with cool water and aloe shampoo tomorrow, or Friday.
Vet's visit this morning at 9 at the awesome Park Animal Hospital. The whole ordeal of getting into the car, to the vets, skin scrapings, and getting back home was a bit traumatic.
Vet (Dr. Scott) says the main issue is actually bacterial and yeast skin infections as a result of the untreated mange. He is 24 lbs and emaciated. He stinks because of the yeast infection.
He is on a plethora of medication. She says he will look much better in just 2 weeks, but 2 months of solid treatment to 'get better.'
He had a good feed when he got home and lots of pills, and is now passed out.
He got a new larger, softer cone so he can't eat at his legs, and he loathes it even more than the other one. He basically refuses to move anywhere. But, I think today I can finally see a little improvement.. some parts of his legs are drying up juust a little.
He got up this morning and peed and was shuffling around for a little bit. I was awoken by that, and got up (6am), gave him his morning antibiotics and painkillers, and fed him. He ate well. I took all 3 out. He pooped and peed immediately. He really didn't want to take the stairs back up, but will follow the other two dogs, or treats. He then drank a lot of water.
His legs are bleeding and cracked. His face looks ok.
He is sleeping now (7:35am). He tends to shiver, I don't know from pain or cold, but I put a towel over him when he sleeps now and it seems to stop the shivering.
I figure as long as he keeps eating he wants to live. We'll get him there. I'm sure his legs will need gauze and bandages. To the vets tomorrow morning!
This morning I washed everything he'd been lying on which was crusted with puss and dead skin. He then moved into Chloe's crate around 11am on the fresh bedding and slept fitfully for a number of hours, shaking and hiccuping and awakening periodically, but now he's fast asleep (5:10pm) and looks comfortable. Phew.
Sunday AM April 17th
(When compared to his original pic taken last week while he was at the ACC, I can actually see mild, but distinct improvement around his eye area.)
He woke me up this morning at 6am with a loud whine. Seems he needed to go poop. Good boy. We just have to take it day by day. I am impatient to see progress. He seems quite uncomfortable and pretty miserable to be honest. I am hoping to see improvement quickly.
The highlight seems to be that he slept a lot today, peacefully enough, and then, in the afternoon after a lot of sleep we went outside with all 3 dogs and he was full of beans and wanted to run. He was trying to play with Guy and Chloe but they don't seem to know what to make of him. Unfortunately, now he is a little lame and seems a bit in pain. It's the end of the day, too, so his pain meds may be wearing off, although they are supposed to last 24 hours and he is on actually a large enough dose for his size.
He ate very well today, drank lots of water. He went to the toilet ONLY outside. He's semi-housetrained. He's eating again now (it's 10pm)... All good signs. Still very difficult to see him in pain. But, I have to believe that every day that goes by he is getting a little better and that, with the antibiotics, the Advantage, good food, lots of sleep, and the other dogs around to bolster his mood, he is improving in some small way, even though he still looks like shit and is clearly uncomfortable. Fingers crossed for the little guy.
Dumplin arrived at the ACC on April 9th and he came home with me on April 15th, so he is starting his second week of treatment. I have been told that he has already improved over the past week (dear lord he must have been bad when he first arrived).
Hangin' at Velo Cafe
He is currently on Clavamox (antibiotics) twice a day; 3 Rimadyl once a day for pain and inflammation and Advantage Multi once a week for the demodex.We took him to Velo cafe on the way home, he seemed ok and well enough to 'beg' for food as we ate. This is a good sign. His skin is really bad, particularly on the underside of this belly, all 4 legs and on his head. That is called 'generalized mange.' It's quite raw in a lot of places, puss-ing, foul odor, obviously he has bacterial and maybe other secondary infections.
He eats well, however, and takes treats and drinks water. He whines if he needs to go potty; he doesn't like to go inside so much.
He doesn't like the stairs but tolerates it to get out and he hates his cone. Without it he will scratch his head which has very bad scabs and it will bleed.
Monday morning 9am was the soonest vet appointment I could get. It can't come soon enough.