I don't know what's gotten into everyone (in a good way!), but first Uhura let him lick her, and now Tux is accelerating his interactions with Krypto!
We always could see that he must have been raised around a dog by how he knew how to handle Frankie, and didn't leave when he visited, but again this morning he walked up to Krypto when he was taking his morning constitutional, and put his nose against his nose! I'm happy to see that.
I don't generally use flea or tick meds, either, unless a dog or cat comes here with them. Then we work on removing them, bathing, etc.
The thing is, if there are fleas, you can assume worms. Henry is too thin, and part of that will surely be worms. It's almost a rule that found kittens will have worms. He's gaining weight anyway, though, so once he's 2 months old, he should be heavy enough to be wormed.
As for Krypto, he should begin his heartworm medication this month. Our mosquitoes will be completely gone sometime in October, though. Our vet usually considered heartworm medication seasonal, mid-late spring through Oct. But, more recently, they don't want to take a chance and say to give it year-round. We'll see.
We are tick-free here 8-9 months of the year, depending on rainfall, etc. 2ce a year for 4-6 weeks you need to check for ticks any time that you are out. Then, nothing until about 6 months later.
Ds finds the same around the county, when he does survey's in the wilderness. 2ce a year he can be covered in them, and the rest of the time, nothing.
I'm sorry that Chelsea is having that problem, and I can see why she got a steroid and antibiotic.
Sometimes it's seasonal, which always makes me think that it's plants or something of that nature.
My other 2 thoughts are always food - sometimes it's not the kibble, but additions to the food, or their treats. And, as always, chemicals that we use without thinking about it. Detergents or softeners, something on the floor like carpet freshener or mopping fluid, room fresheners, or even powder, soap, or perfume that we wear.
And, when it's something like that, it's very difficult to find out what's doing it. You have to totally remove something for a couple of weeks, then observe changes in them, if any.
Even then, it can take a while for the obvious reaction to calm down.
My ddil's mother has 3 dogs. Ds sent me a photo of one the other day because she had knots all over her back, and maybe some on her legs. It didn't look good at all. But, they say that they came up overnight, which is better.
We had to assume that they were caused by a bug, like a nest of spiders, or a plant that she walked under. So the mom gave her Benadryl for a few days so that she didn't suffer until they went away, which they finally did.
Speaking of that, did your vet say that Chelsea could have a little Benadryl, once the steroid wears off, if needed?
I hope that her ears become less of a problem soon.
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