Tuesday, May 20, 2014
I noticed two lumps on Patty O'Malley's throat last week. Tried multiple times to get a look at what these lumps are, but he's a squirmy cat and prefers nuzzling to examinations. In addition, he's scratched the fur off of one ear, so I picked up some Die-Bug-Die stuff from the vet's office, and applied it to both Patty and Mama Mia. The last time Patty had a lump, it turned out to be a big, fat tick! I left Sammy off the list for now, since he'd had such a nasty reaction to last year's treatment.
I try homeopathic things too, such as brewer's yeast and diatomaceous earth. However, if a tick and/or fleas are already eating on them, then I feel I must go the distance. Fortunately, the low-cost spay and neuter clinic also sells the spot-on treatments, and no appointment is necessary. I enjoyed a few minutes petting doggies in the waiting area, then was on my way again.
Patty really doesn't like the oily area on the back of his head, but a little safety may go a long way with that boy. I included several photos of him, because his fur colors are just like a pint of Guinness stout! Dark, almost black browns, creamy malty colors, and frothy hues too. Makes me long for long-ago days, when traveling in Ireland, stopping at pubs and enjoying a rich glass of Guinness...or two. Ah, yummy!