It never fails. Pets are like children in that they get sick at the wrong times. They only get ill on weekends or right before a holiday. Our local emergency animal hospital has a standard minimum of $175 so we try to avoid that.
Jake has been getting boo boos on his ear. Yesterday for the third week in a row, he showed signs of another boo boo. I looked at it; cleaned it; and made an appointment with the vet. It is the day before a holiday. The soonest I can get in is Friday morning. I wasn’t so worried at the time because I thought it would mend like the others did. My concern is to find the root cause of all these problems.
Fast forward to the end of the day – ten minutes after the vet is gone for the holiday to be exact. He now has goo all over the side of his face. I get paper towels, peroxide and Neosporin to clean him up…again.
Dang! There is a half cup of stinky puss in my hand. Do you know how stinky pus is? Wow! He must have an abscess of some sort and he’s leaking goo.
He was a sweetheart and let me clean him up….again. Then he ate a hearty supper. I took that to be a good sign but I am still worried. I am expecting house guests who are staying until after the weekend and today there are more people coming for dinner. I can’t concentrate when I have a sick cat.
I went to discuss this problem with Mr. Google. What did we do before him! According to posts, behind the ear abscesses are not all that unusual for cats. Most likely cause is a bite from another animal and it heals over but the bacteria are still there. On-line vets suggested using peroxide and Neosporin to clean it out then monitor for infection. Done!
While I was trying to get my anxiety level down a notch or two, I noticed that he left me some gifts, too. Seems that he oozed his smelly goo all over one of the upholstered chairs where the guests are expected to sit. I spritzed some cleaner on it but it wasn’t looking good. There is blood in the goo so I flipped the cushions.
Now you cannot tell my guests that they are sitting on a cushion that has smelly goo on the other side. I don’t think you can smell it anymore since it’s dried but you know the power of suggestion. I know if someone told me this story I would spend the afternoon sniffing the furniture. Hopefully they won’t read my blog until AFTER the dinner!