Misty seemed to develop some devilish itchiness because her licking didn't become a problem for several days... then, with the bone and plate healing under her skin and a carpet of tiny hair stubblies sprouting above her skin, Misty started licking--and licking--and licking -- until this large excoriation bloomed on her leg.
I spritzed her skin with bitter spray. She licked. I applied some ice packs and as soon as I removed them, she licked. So, off we went to the vet and in the photo below, Dr. Bosak is examining Misty's incision. Prescription: Surolan drops to lubricate, soothe and de-itchify her leg. "Elizabethan collar" (also known as a "Cone") for her head.
It's now 2 days after these photos were taken. The leg is settling down and Misty's starting to bear weight on it. ("Four on the floor" again.) She keeps picking up toys and balls trying to convince anyone (visiting daughter, soft-hearted neighbour, sympathetic pet nanny) anyone who will listen, to throw it... just throw it... Sorry, Misty, you're doing great but you're no where close to retrieving your gooey ball yet."
Many people ask: "How do you train a Therapy Dog?" Over the next few weeks, while Misty recovers from her surgery, I'll turn my focus to Delaney, now a year old, to demonstrate the various means by which a lovable Couch Potato begins the transformation into Loving Pet Therapist.