Poor little Connie dog! Poor miserable itchy little pink dog! We noticed she was scratching herself more than usual before Christmas, so we gave her @!&(^ chews which were recommended at the pet shop… but we didn’t know that those (^$*&^ useless chews DON’T KILL ADULT FLEAS. What’s the point of them then? ARRRGH! I only bought them because they were touted as being THE thing… and had no idea that they didn’t do the same job as the back-of-the-neck stuff that we’d always used. So a week later – she’s itchy again. And this time I noticed little black crawling dots… OH NOES!
I felt like the worst person in the world – poor little dog, miserable and itchy, because I had done the wrong thing.
Luckily as I was looking in the box of the CAT’s back of the neck stuff, I noticed that one of the dog’s doses had been put in there by mistake. So I used that on Connie. BUT – maybe it was out of date, because this week: MORE FLEAS!!
Result 1: We’re NEVER going back to that Petst0ck store. EVER. I have cut up my “loyalty” card with them, I am so angry!
Result 2: A trip to the vet this morning (KerCHING$$$!) was followed by a handful of dried liver bribes, and with me trying to get the dog to eat the supposedly “chewable, beef-flavored tablet”:
GODDAMN IT, OPEN YOUR MOUTH YOU STUBBORN LITTLE BEAST.
Okay, Connie, TREAT! TREAT!
Good girl! Now swallow.
*pop, out comes the slightly soggy pill.*
OPEN YOUR MOU… TREAT! *Shove, holds dog’s mouth shut, strokes throat* TREAT!
Gooood girl! Now eat your chicken necks – wait – let me put your bowl on the ground and… Holy cow, did you even CHEW that at all?”
Fingers crossed that the new product works as advertised – supposed to help within 30 minutes and kill adult fleas within 4 hours. We’ve already washed all the bedding in HOT water and now I’m just working up the energy to vacuum everything…
Apparently fleas are really bad here at the moment. I just hope we’re on top of them now…
(And yes, the cat is still annoyed with me for dosing her with back-of-the-neck anti-flea goop. She’ll forgive me in a couple of days or so…