Friday, October 1, 2010

365/274 Costly little bugs

 

Today Pepper and I paid a visit the vet to figure out what the heck was making her hair fall out just above her tail and causing a rash.

After she asked me a series of questions:

  • When did you move in your house?  5-6 weeks…
  • How long after that did you notice the rash?  A couple of weeks…
  • Does your other dog have any of the same symptoms? Yes, hair loss in the same spot, but no rash…
  • Did the previous owners own any pets?  Yes, a cat…

She determined with 90% certainty that Pepper was having  a allergic reaction to flea bites!  Flea larvae can stay dormant for many, many months and the vibration of us walking on the carpet can “wake” them up to hatch.  The timing of events was perfect according to the vet.   So after $200, I am set to medicate the dog, spray my carpets with flea killer and apply Frontline to prevent future attacks on both dogs.

And yet we are still happy we made this move, sorry Pepper.

100110 Costly little bugs

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