“It was Nikki’s lucky day. We have Nikki. When she came in she was anemic, had an abscessed tooth tested positive for Lyme’s, had ear infections in both ears and a bad skin infection over about 85 percent of her body. To start the treatment the coat that was very sparse had to be shaved off. Her skin is black and leathery looking. Someone said it looks like elephant skin. Her ears are thick from the infected skin that covers them.”
Treatment began. Her hipbones were sticking out and you could count her ribs without touching her (you could see them quite clearly).
Her coat started to come back but she was scratching. She was on antibiotics and bathes once a week with special shampoo, but she was scratching behind her ears until there were open sores. I went to get her for a walk and she looked like she had been in a fight and lost. Her head was all bloody.
Back to the vet. He had done skin scrapings before but found nothing. He did more and looked at them in the scope.. nothing. More scrapings..... ah ha, this time he found a mite... she had mange. We started treatment.