A few years ago, there was a herd of black Taiwanese dogs lingering around the company in Linkou.
Initially, they were (like typical Taiwanese stray dogs) not-so-friendly and often threaten people passing by.
After a period of “making-friends” with the alpha dog (we call him Xiao Hei), the herd starts to become more normal towards people.
Two years ago, one dog was missing (I assume he/she was dead), and we have three left. Xiao Hei, the alpha-male and two other black dogs.
I even start to have an emotional connection to him (especially) and the other dogs.
Like all good story, something must happen to ruin it.
Sadly about this summer, Xiao Hei starting to show the tendency to scratch his neck and nose to anything sharp. I notice this but think as normal summer jitter for him.
This September, after difficulties bringing him to a vet, we finally did (I don’t drive car/motorcycle). This vet (call it Vet #1) did have decent practice room and give a verdict that he got Scabies.
He gave a few medicine (once daily) and a shampoo called Malase, which basically Chlorhexidine.
After a week, the wife of the company boss, who happens to like Xiao Hei as well, ask us to take him to Vet # 2, with glittering practice room and he gave Xiao Hei a new medicine called Bravecto.
Vet # 2 actually three different Vet with same office (a newbie vet, a girl vet and a male vet) gave him the verdict of mange caused by Demodex mites. (After microscope observation)
Vet # 2 kept repeating the same medicine to be taken twice daily.
By this time, Xiao Hei fur already damaged badly by the mites and develop a distinctively foul odor.
The boss, thinking that he didn’t like for the company having a bad image of having an ill dog stray around/in the company decided to call a shelter in Wugu to take him over there.
The boss’ wife, didn’t like his husband decision, try to take Xiao Hei out from the shelter.
There is a cold war happening, I know.
We start to put him inside a mock greenhouse in our company backyard, due to a few times he runs away and skipping medication and return in even worse condition than before. (with flies surrounding him)
After that, we keep bringing him to the Vet # 2 with the male vet, and about last week the shampoo runs out, he gave a new shampoo (forget the name but basically Benzoyl peroxide).
The dog, which normally taking shower peacefully, running crazy after showering with this shampoo. He starts to bite his own legs and body. The worst parts are both front hock joints and his butt. Front hock joints wounds are basically like a knife stab (as of today).
Add another problem of a possible dry eye/eye infection with him oozing out white mucus every now and then.
By this time, we changed to the Vet # 3, who was said to be the most veteran vet in Linkou but currently mostly doing government jobs and not actually opening a practice. Hence his “office” is his home sidewalk. Vet # 3 said to stop his daily medication and gave him a monthly (but he said Xiao Hei must took it every two weeks) dose of NexGard.
After the second meeting, outlining that his hock joints also need attention, he gave us a algae-based ointment and antibiotics for 2x daily for the wound.
So, we start with a mange and now we have a dog with still-yet-to-be-cured (demodectic?) mange, open wounds in hock joints/butt and possible eye infection.
I just want to share the story, due to how devastating it took my emotion and feeling taking care of him. There are few other people also helping hands on feeding him, but primary care is still my responsibility.
PS: I don’t have the hearts to show his pictures btw. So pls, don’t ask.
PPS: Xiao Hei still have the spirit to run like the wind whenever I bring him out from the mock greenhouse when the weather permit me to do so.