"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Bald patches

When Jake checked in at chez Jennyta, his coat had been clipped almost into non-existence and he had purple patches on his right side, which I assumed were patches of skin pigmentation and which would soon be covered once his hair had grown back. A month later, most of his hair is growing nicely, but not the areas over the purple patches, so when I took him to the vet's today for his injections, I asked about the problem.
"Well," said the vet, "it could be one of three things; an under-active thyroid, Addison's disease or...
seasonal alopecia. Most likely to be that," she said, "as he doesn't seem to have any other symptoms. Of course, if you wanted to have the tests for the other conditions... " and she read me out the respective costs.
I remembered that Keith had said that Jake had had similar patches last year, so it seemed that the alopecia was the most likely.
Relief!
AND, he didn't try to career round the waiting room like a mad thing because of the smell of cats - like SOME dogs I could mention! (Are you reading this, Paddy?)


5 comments:

  1. I must say that they both look very comfy in their doggie beds but naughty Paddy is peeping as if to say: "Not another bloody photo Jenny!"

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  2. I give mine a cod-liver-oil tablet each day, and a very small amount of milk each morning. Their coats are beautiful. Could be worth a try.

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  3. I guess that Jake is feeling the cold being shorn like that! Flighty xx

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  4. Jake must be a dingo or other southern hemisphere dog if he's getting seasonal alopecia in winter!

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  5. But Paddy is very photogenic, don't you think, YP?
    Cro, that sounds like a good idea; I'll give it a go.
    He does, Flighty, but I bought him a smart dog coat to wear when he goes out for his walks.
    SP, you could be right. Obviously a dog with no sense of time. ;)

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