Wednesday, 23 May 2012
Our new best friend....
Beki has been in season for what seems like forever. I have been getting a bit concerned about her. You may also recall that before I went to England, Mr A gave Beki a haircut. It was the first time we had attempted this but her hair gets so thick during the summer that we thought this would be more comfortable for her.
Poppy has had several haircuts since we rescued her, and her hair grows back fairly quickly but it seems like Beki has reacted badly to her hair being cut. It was fine at first, but gradually the skin on her back started to turn black, and was quite sore in places. I've tried to keep her out of the sun as much as possible as I was sure this wasn't helping.
I spoke to Mehmet at the beginning of last week and he suggested dabbing it with iodine, which has helped a bit. But Mr A spoke to him on Saturday and Mehmet said he would pop out to see us, but it would be late evening.
He came at around 10pm, having only just finished another long day at his surgery. He says the skin can be treated, but it may be a long process, and hopefully the hair will grow back eventually. He gave her an antibiotic injection, plus two further injections of other substances which should help. He also put some cream on her back, and left me the remainder of the tube.
As far as her long season is concerned, he examined her and says that everything appears OK, that this can happen with older female dogs, and just to be patient and give it a little more time. If I am still concerned at any time, then he will look at it again.
He has suggested daily fish oil capsules for Beki, which I bought yesterday.
Just before Mehmet left, I asked him how much we owed him. He replied "30lira for you". This is just over £10. This couldn't possibly be right. It would probably only cover his petrol out here, let alone the cost of 3 injections. Of course I queried it, but he insisted that this amount was absolutely fine because "You take good care of your dogs and that makes me happy".
What a refreshing change to hear this from a vet in a country that generally has no concern for dogs.
What a lovely man.