After the stray-ratty-dog debacle, we have been monitoring Rosco very closely. Apparently this sarcoptic mange thing that the other dog had is highly contagious and we were super worried that either Rosco or us would get the disease. It's spread through mites that burrow in the skin of the dogs (and humans too!) and causes excessive itching and hair loss. Can you imagine if I had to cancel a play date with Luke's friends because he and I have the mange? How do you explain that without sounding like a total goober?
Rosco is a typically itchy/licky dog. He's been this way since we've had him and it drives me crazy. The sound of dogs licking is like nails on a chalkboard to me. I even shudder at the thought. Ew. Anyways, Rosco has stepped up his itchiness over the course of the past few days and has even broken skin with his nails during two of his scratchy spells. Hence, Rosco ended up like this:
The t-shirt helps to protect the wound that is already there and deter him from further scratching. We thought we should take him to the vet to make sure he didn't develop the mange (must be said in a very ominous, booming voice). Although we'd been joking about the mange over the past week or so, we seriously didn't want Rosco to have it (or spread it to us, for that matter). Off to the doctor we go.
Prognosis: not the mange. Just a dog with skin allergies and an ear infection. So we come home with this, minus a significant amount of moola, to keep Rosco healthy and less itchy.
Well worth the peace of mind and lack of further licking noises.