Ozzie the Spinone
Ozzie is a six-year old Italian Spinone Gundog breed. It seems that wherever we go, town or country, many people are interested, want to say 'hello' and know more. So we created this blog.
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We all know dogs scratch.
But over Christmas and into the early months of this year our Spinone seemed to be scratching more and more. We were reasonably confident it wasn’t the age-old enemy, fleas. For a start, this was a funny time of year for them, and anyway we, along with a large number of other dog-owners, have been following what we hoped was preventative ‘best practice’. We’ve been keeping his bedding as clean as possible, and using Frontline® for his outsides and Drontal® (and new kid on the block Plerion® once, but we struggled to get that in Ozzie – but that’s another story…) for his insides. This is not a cheap routine, although the liberalisation of the sale of these drugs means that in the UK there is at least a little price competition now. As we live in the countryside, Ozzie has access to all sorts of rubbish by the river, and we are often passing through fields where cattle or sheep have grazed, so it just seemed the sensible precaution to take.
Anyway, we didn’t think his scratching was likely to be fleas or anything like. We wondered if it was perhaps caused by the extreme weather conditions. Ozzie had been moving from warm centrally-heated houses to freezing temperatures and snow, and back again, thawing wetly on our floors, several times a day, for what seemed like weeks on end. Surely this was likely to make him itchy?
This morning the wound on Ozzie’s leg had actually opened up again a little, and we had some discharge, but Ozzie seemed quite relaxed about it.
After the school run it was back to the vets, and quite a long wait in the waiting room. Unusually, there were two separate German Shepherds in the room, and both were very aggressive, snarling and barking, which made the atmosphere a bit tense for all.
Ozzie’s foot has flared up again, looks like we are back to the vet. The wound after surgery was healing well and Ozzie has been enjoying the liberty of being off the lead again – it has been purgatory for all concerned keeping him on the lead – but yesterday it was looking angry again, and today he has begun limping and licking it. We tried to cover it up with an old sock but I think he had that off in less than five minutes, which is pretty unusual, so it must be bothering him.