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About a month ago, Amos got his semi-annual check-up. He passed with flying colors, including the blood tests done. Because he’s a hairy dog, they had to shave about an inch of hair from his neck to get the blood sample. I don’t know if he scratched it, or if it was the collar rubbing against it, or what the reason, but about a week ago, I noticed his neck was infected and not looking too good. Luckily, I was working from home that day and was able to take him to the vet. The doc said it wasn’t too bad and that he’d get better in about 2 weeks, undergoing antibiotic treatment of 3 pills/day and a twice/day antibiotic spray on the infection. Sounds simple… doesn’t it? So the regiment for the past week has been to take him into the bathroom and wash his neck with soap/water 3 times per day, before he gets his pill. He’s pretty good about sitting there while I clean his neck, since I use warm water and it’s pretty painless. After the neck cleaning, he gets his treat, otherwise known as his antibiotic pill (wrapped in peanut butter, since he hates medicine). Following the peanut butter treat, he knows what’s next….. the hated hated spray. It could be the smell of the spray, or the cold mist on his neck, or the spritzing sound…. but whatever it is, he HATES it. Since he’s dialed-in to the routine already, he know to scurry away and hide when the spray bottle comes out. Luckily, I’m still the boss (alpha-male) of the house and I can always make him walk over to me, no matter how anxiously he does it. He’s getting better and for the most part, he doesn’t scratch at his neck, so I’m thinking he’ll be 100% very soon. Amos now sports a harness when going on walks, since it wraps around his stomach, rather than his neck. And don’t worry Lee/Sachi, costs for medicine, vet visits, and the new doggie harness will be added to the Amos bill awaiting you on your return… hahaha.