Monday, October 26, 2009
Bout of Tick Fever
Their appetite has gradually returning. Dexter is actually eating something after refusing food for a couple of days. Out of the three sick pups Dexter's got it the worst. He was actually drooling when the Vet came to give him his shots. With him not eating , I had him swollowing liquid vitamins instead - to boost up his immune system. Needless to say, Dexter is looking a little skinnier and longer than usual.
As for Brandi and Tubby, I suspect may have gotten off mildly mainly because they've been exposed to what bad things ticks bring being out and about more. It so happen that on that evening a couple weeks back, Dexter decided to follow suit (usually he's quite happy yapping from the inside of Dog Woods alerting us that his delinquent siblings are out where they are not supposed to).
Thankfully, Wally's spared from the fever. He's the only pup out of the four that stays within the boundary fences - with his mom. So we're keeping them - the sick and health separated for a while. Have taken tick prevention measures - bathe the entire nine canines (it's a good thing they're rather fond of showers) and fumigated the lot!
Hopefully with them being on the mend, Brandi, Dexter and Tubby will learn (like their brother Wally) that it pays to stay inside the spaciousness of Dog Woods and not try to make a mad dash outside. They've actually been fairly good after that long outing a couple weeks ago. With hindsight, maybe they were already not really feeling so well after their 'adventures'. Tubby - the usual ring leader who leads the mad dash out has been as good as gold since. I hope he's finally learnt some self control! I've observed, being pack animals, once there's no a ring leader with a bent on going outside, the rest are quite contented to do their own thing and stay within the grounds of Dog Woods.