Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

The Cone of Shame Returns….

on May 7, 2014

What is going on in this family?! First I sprained my back, and yesterday one of my fillings started disintegrating in chunks….and my dentist can’t see me until tomorrow. I HATE needles and I know I’m in for a series – UGH.Plus I don’t know how my back will handle that chair of his. AND – now Daisy is back in the Cone of Shame! GEEZ!! Is there a target on us?!

Over the past week, we noticed Daisy was scratching at her left ear a little more than usual and shaking her head insanely like she was making a milkshake inside it. She’d just gotten her ears plucked a week ago, and that usually causes her to scratch and shake for a couple of days, but not to excess like this.

This time, she didn’t stop. But it did lessen.

Until yesterday.

After her morning walk yesterday, the shaking and scratching went into overdrive. She was shaking her head so hard that her ears were flapping like crazy – they sounded like a helicopter coming in for a landing. She was also scratching at the inside, which alarmed me the most.

Do I really have to wear this thing again?!

Do I really have to wear this thing again?!

We had looked inside with a flashlight during the week and didn’t notice anything wrong. But yesterday the inside looked reddish-purple and raw.

Fortunately, DD was still home, so she arranged to work from home to take Daisy to the vet, since I can’t manage that yet (my first trial car ride over the weekend didn’t go so well…). The dear man took her in almost immediately. When he looked inside her ear, DD said he made a very disconcerting sound. Diagnosis: severe spring allergies made worse by the plucking. He didn’t use the word “infection” but I think she was close to getting one. Apparently it’s worse in the left ear but has started in the right as well.

This medicine sure makes me pant a lot!

This medicine sure makes me pant a lot!

So he gave her a shot and put some gunky stuff in her ear, which we have to do every day. This isn’t going to be fun; she really doesn’t like it, and I can only imagine how uncomfortable it must feel to her to have her ears filled with oily gunk. And now her ears are all oily on the outside too. Ick. Plus she has pills to take as well, though she’ll enjoy them since they’ll be in peanut butter – the thin silver lining. :)

If these things continue, she’ll have to have some allergy testing done. I’ve never had a dog with so many issues!

We had to resort to the cone to stop her from scratching her ears. Poor little thing – so sweet about letting us do what we have to, but I’m sure she’s not happy about it at all!

So….is there an expiration date on bad luck????

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21 responses to “The Cone of Shame Returns….

  1. KDKH says:

    Good luck with the dentist. Can he/she sedate you? My dog has allergies too. Sympathy to you all.

  2. barb19 says:

    Poor Daisy……I hope she improves soon so she can get that cone off her head, they must be so annoying. And now you have to go to the dentist; I hope you are able to sit in the chair without too much discomfort to your bad back. It never rains but it pours at your place lately – things just have to get better!

  3. Oh you poor sweeties! Would doggie booties work instead of the cone of shame? Just a thought. Knock on wood we haven’t had allergy flare up YET. Last year it had both of the Puffs chewing on their legs so bad they were both on steroids and salve. Steroids=increased thirst=lots of piddling=Anne thinking throw rugs are the same as her potty pads….. sigh….

  4. dogdaz says:

    Feel better soon.

  5. kolytyi says:

    At least, you can share the pains with Daisy! But I’m a poor petless orphan – so I had to suffer from tooth problems and ear problems alone!! In November, I of my teeth fell into pieces; not the filling but the tooth, because the filling was too big and the enamel was too thin. I changed my dentist and he said that 3 teeth has to be pulled out!!!! Although he was really very-very careful, in December a root became inflamed. Thus, we had to make a break at Christmas. When I went back in January, he started to numb me while I heard his voice saying “Oh, it was long ago when I needled you the last time!” I opened my eyes by surprise and saw that he was widely smiling! He was so kind and funny that I forgot my fears. In February, when my teeth were ok, I visited an ear-specialist because there was some strange pain in my left ear, and I didn’t want to go swim with a half-inflammed ear. She found some strange skin problem and rubbed my ear with two substances. At the evening, my mouth on the right side of my head started to swell. It was an allergic reaction. About two weeks ago, my ear started to be itchy… Do you think I should wear the cone of shame? I don’t shake my head like crazy but always want to put my finger into my ear and scratch it.

  6. 2browndawgs says:

    Oh my you sure have had your share. I have heard that allergies in dogs are really bad this year. Our dogs usually have some small ear issues in the Spring. I think it has to do with getting into the water but then as they are swim more, it goes away. I hope both you and Daisy will be better soon!

  7. optie says:

    Poor Daisy, hope she can be released from the cone of shame soon and that your back is improving every day.

  8. Misaki says:

    Oh noes, poor you and poor Daisy. Hope you both feel better soon

  9. Oh poor Daisy, I know how uncomfy it is to have bad ears. I have that sometimes too. Please feel better soon. I hope your appointment at the dentist goes well and he can fix it. Sadly bad luck is bullet proof and there is no expiration date, but maybe you can try to kick the bad-luck-gremlin out .

  10. Will and Eko says:

    When it rains it pours. You guys need a vacation!

  11. Mags Corner says:

    Oh, my!! You all have had way more than enough going on that is not so good. Sorry about the cone but that should help her ears to heal quicker with her not scratching. I am so sorry your first car ride did not go so well. Sending up prayers for both of you and hoping it all goes well for you at the dentist, the shots don’t hurt as much as usual and your back manages okay in that chair. Those shots are why I hate going to the dentist…they are bit ouchies! Hugs and nose kisses

  12. I’m sorry to have clicked “like” under the circumstances! :-) I really do think you’re overdue a change in direction. I’m so sorry to hear that you’re still in enough pain that driving isn’t a part of your life. I do not like anything about dentistry! I’m a big baby. So I wish you AND Miss Daisy well…bless her heart. She’s lucky her family pays such close attention to her needs–now everyone just needs to heal!

  13. Oh, poor Daisy! We do so hate the Cone of Shame. Strange how bad things seem to come in clumps. I hope you and Daisy feel much better soon.

  14. snoopys@snoopysdogblog says:

    Oh no, you guys need a break from health issues for sure! And I’m sure Daisy’s not happy about that cone!

    When I was a pup Mum was told to pluck my ears too, but my vet said he didn’t advise it as it can lead to more ear infections? I’ve luckily never had one, and I’m happy I haven’t had to endure the plucking! :)

    I used to scratch, but after Mum switched me to Honest Kitchen, changed my shampoo, and added coconut oil to my diet I don’t scratch anymore?

    Get well soon guys!

    Big wags,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

    • raisingdaisy says:

      We’re going to switch shampoos too, Snoopy. Daisy’s diet is tricky, but we found Simply Nourish Lamb and Rice works for her. We went through a LOT of pure dog foods before finding one she didn’t react to (guess she’s in the right family!). Unfortunately our vet is the one who told us we need to have Daisy’s ears plucked, otherwise she could get very serious ear infections. Her inner ear hair (too deep for us to cut) grows very long into the ear canal, which is what causes the problem. Believe me, if we didn’t have to, we sure wouldn’t!

  15. Novroz says:

    Awww…I hope Daisy gets well soon.

    I know how it feel. My Kroten keeps having problem with her shell while the other turtles are fine

  16. jan says:

    We refer to the cone as an Elizabethan collar. It makes the dogs feel very regal to wear one instead of doing that “shame” thing. May your luck turn for the better. We all have these times but we get through them to better tomorrows.

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