….it’s turning out to be.
It started just fine with homemade blueberry pancakes and went all downhill from there.
The other discus fish that was afflicted with hole in the head disease and who looked like he was going to pull through was well into the process of dying when I turned on the aquarium light.
We finally figured out a way to bathe Tobi without having to lift him into the bathtub. I have a long length of garden hose attached to a strong pump that I use for changing the water in the aquarium. I filled the bathtub with warm water and put the hose throught the livingroom and out the dining room window to the lawn, where Tobi got his bath this morning. He actually seemed to enjoy it.
We took him to the vet yesterday, as his elbows refuse to heal and he had started getting a loud and raspy cough, which appears better today probably due to the cortisone/antibiotic shot he got and will be getting again on Monday.
The last few days have been rough with Tobi, he’s been biting at his arms and scratching at (what I thought) were the elbows. It’s gotten continually worse and I’ve been jumping up from whatever I’m doing and interrupting him from scratching himself constantly.
After his bath, he started scratching and biting again, so I got down on the floor with him and examined some of the small bald patches he’s been getting.
Fleas. I saw at least two fleas in a square inch area. No wonder he’s been scratching and biting. I feel so stupid for not thinking of it, but he’s almost 15 and he has never had fleas. Never ever. Luckily, I still have a supply of tick/flea drops and immediately put a dosage on his neck. I hope it will give him some quick relief.
Now, I think I need to do vacuuming. Lots. And maybe I’ll wash all of the carpets and get the steam cleaner out too.
But first I’m going to throw a steak on the grill for the old guy.
After all, it is Sunday.