We finally took Lady in to the vet, something we probably should have done a month or so ago. We kept making allowances for the fact that she’s so unfamiliar with human handling and we didn’t want to stress her, but she needs some help now. Lady arrived as a semi-wild young adult LGD and it’s taken a couple years to get to the point that Lady actually seems to enjoy our company and petting.
At the vets office she went into her shut down mode. She stood, head down, eyes half lidded, slightly drooling with stress, willing everything to go away and thinking it would if she just made herself unnoticeable enough. She’s indoors with me tonight, drying off after having a bath with some medicated shampoo.
She developed an oily coat just as we headed into the cold winter and it grew steadily worse. She’s been dropping weight, eating sporadically and having trouble keeping warm enough. I put vests on her but she always manages to loose them.
The plan for now is to get her coat and skin infection cleared up. The blood work showed some concerning results leading to a possible kidney issue but that might very well be resolved if we can get her health back on balance.
We’ll try to keep her with the sheep as much as possible because that’s where she is the least stressed and about the only place that she’ll even attempt eating, but on the days she gets bathed there is no possible way to have her be outdoors in our winters.
She’s a very quiet house guest and while she’s not content, she’s warm and comfortable and stressed out enough to just lie down and rest.
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