Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mommy Got Me a New Cage

Two days ago, Master bought me a new cage. I'm glad she got a blue one. I was praying so hard she wouldn't pick something pink- just like how she originally selected fuchsia for this blog. She finally realized that the old bird cage I used to live in was no longer inhabitable for me (Talk about animal cruelty!)

Note: Contrary to the fact that dogs were born color blind, I beg to differ. At birth due to my weak immune system, I have contracted a disease called the "color wheel syndrome". It's like a pokerus (pokemon virus) which is a very very rare condition. (To know more about the pokerus, look it up in the web. To know more about the color wheel syndrome, ask me!).

That's all for now, folks. In the mean time, please enjoy the short picture strip Master made of me.

Oh, by the way, she cut my hair again. Now, I look like a deformed cream puff. It's pretty obvious that she has no whatsoever talent in cutting hair.

P.S. I decided to transfer this article into my blog since I will be deleting the Buchi's blog
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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Itching Like Hell

I itched all over and I kept on scratching myself with my nails and even my cage (just scraping my body all over the small bars of the cage). I was currently under confinement because I couldn't be with other dogs.

It was very traumatic. My skin had crusty flakes all over like thick dandruff (I know, sounds ICKY right!?!). My master changed my beddings everyday and bathed me with antifungal soap. She was hoping that I get even just a tad better with all her effort. She even bought me an 18 watt tiny electric fan because she learned that the mange becomes itchier in hot weather.

But after two weeks of antifungal soap, vitamins and antihistamines, it kept worsening. Until it came to a point that I had a small lesion in my eye because of my scratching (like a Corneal Ulcer).

My master decided to bring me to another veterinarian because the previous one just kept on assuring her that everything was fine but this happened.

The City Veterinary Clinic was like doggy hospital heaven. The doctor took a look at me and cut the hair that's in front of my eyes. Her male helper cut my paw nails and tied a tiny rubber band around my hair. The doctor advised my master to have my hair ponytailed because it was starting to bother me.

Here's my consultation statement with a total of 1230 php which was twice the amount my master paid to my previous vet. (VERY EXPENSIVE... OUTRAGEOUSLY UNREASONABLE)

Note: Advocate: 360 php/ vial not per pack. 1 application/ vial

In the end, it was all worth it. Because within a week, I got better. And my wounded eye healed without any permanent damage.

Incase, some of you are curious of what Advocate was, here's a picture of it. It was very effective to have removed my mange within a week's time. In the Philippines, not all solutions posted in the internet to make us dogs get better from problems like this can be purchased here. This can be found in most veterinary clinics.

Of course, as the phrase goes, consult your vetirinarian first before making any important health decisions.

Here's more information about the product:

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Sarcoptic Mange

Sarcoptic mange, commonly known as canine scabies, is caused by the parasite Sarcoptes scabiei. They are contagious to human at a different strain. This is how it looked like when viewed at the microscope. They just kept swimming and swimming under the lens. (Of course, my vet and master was the one who was able to view this, not I.)

So my vet gave me the following since I was just a 2 month old puppy and I couldn't be given any strong scabicides.

  1. Vitamins (LC VIT- 60 ml/ 120 php)
  2. Antihistamine Syrup (80 php)
  3. Antifungal soap (Dr. Kauffman)- since I was too small, too weak and too young for the real thing.

Was that all? YES!!! And she told my master that it will all depend on the her patience towards my battling this ailment.

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My Hairless Tail, Mange Symptoms

My master's manipulative persuasion had me thinking that it wouldn't be a big deal. But now that I'm seeing this, it's really embarrassing.
For those who are curious of what had happened to my tail, SHE cut the darned hair around it because I had sarcoptic mange. The vet diagnosed me by obtaining a skin scraping and looking it through the microscope. (100 php down the drain)
Symptoms were:
  • Me being weak (I always slept. Master thought that it was because I was just a pup) 
  • Itchy, itchy, itchy 
  • Crusty flakes found all over my body 
  • My 2 masters having rashes all over their upper torso. wrists, arms and thighs (Because they used to put me on their laps).
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Buchi's, my first Shih- Tzu's, First Picture Taking

This picture was taken last April 2, 2009. My master took a photo of me before my mange had worsened. She cut my fur because my skin grew flaky. I'm glad they didn't show my bald tail. I still looked cute here.
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