Yesterday, I started washing her pasterns with soapy water (antibacterial dish soap), followed by towel drying the areas and applying Panalog Ointment (a antipuritic, antifungal, and antibacterial cream available at the vet). Today I ran out of Panalog so I'll be running into the clinic. This time I'll get them to mix up some scratches cream for me. (Which has the Panalog in it.)
While all this is going on Reba has had diarrhea. Yesterday, I ran into the clinic and picked up some Progut (think doggy Pepto Bismal), and while there Sam thought she should also go on an antibiotic as a preventative measure. Last night Reba was extremely restless. She just would not settle. I've been going to bed at 11 or 12 pm. I set the space heater for 4 hours (it's been excessively cool here). Last night Reba woke me up at 1 am. I opened the door and sent her out. Only to be woke up again at 3:30, 4:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:00, and 10:30. Something's obviously bothering her.
Worried I checked her bag to make sure it was still soft, took her temperature and weighed all the babies. I wanted to make sure things looked relatively normal - otherwise I was hauling her into the vets today. She seemed ok. And the pups are definitely getting enough to eat! They are gaining like crazy! It's so neat to sit and watch their little personalities come out and see them grow. Did you know even puppies have "dreams" and talk in their sleep? I had no idea having never been around such young babies. (My family has always been very focused on spay/neutering of pets.) They even wag their little tails. Some are quieter and some are very vocal.
Today while I treated Whiskey, Reba ran around outside. And maybe that's part of her problem. She wants to be with her people and doesn't want to miss out on the action. All I know is that I'm TIRED! Tonight I'll wait until she's done nursing, then if she wants to (she always has the choice) I'll take her and Tessa for a walk. Hopefully her tummy feels better and I get a proper nights sleep.
Who knew having animals would be this exhausting?