When you have animals, they need care, just like babies.
Actually, husbands and college students do too.
Humans give obvious signs when they are ill or hurt.
The signs may be different for each person, so I have to keep a notebook.
Begging for the remote and turning the light off might be one sign.
Not begging for the remote could be another.
I’ve tried to learn who needs what and when.
However, when I’m sick, the men in the family don’t have a clue what to do.
Pets, on the other hand, tend to keep quiet about their ailments.
To keep my five pets healthy, they get their yearly shots, and monthly heartworm and flea/tick prevention. What an ordeal, chasing each one and getting that done.
I’d rather pull out my own tonsils out, if I had any.
A pet with a headache or a cold will probably lie down for hours or even the whole day without wanting any attention or food.
Even Kaiser, the dumpster diving dog gets like this once a year.
Other ailments may provide a yelp when touched and then when the paw or leg hurts, you see the obvious limp.
I think I yelp more when my knees hurt than they do.
Sadly, there are no signs for the hidden things, like ticks.
I can’t stand ticks.
When the dogs or cats have them, they must come out.
I keep a super-sized bottle of alcohol in the medicine cabinet, with a special pair of tweezers just for this.
The dogs and cats know what these are for.
“Helen, Duke has something on his paw. Come take a look at it.”
“Oh no, it’s a tick. Let me get the alcohol, and you’ll have to hold him down.”
When Duke saw what I had, he took off, and it took us 20 minutes to get him settled.
“Okay, hold him down and I’ll pull it out. I said, ‘hold him down’. Well, it’s an old tick, and it’s just dissolving away, so I’m not going to be able to pull it all out.”
Scott looks the other way.
After some alcohol on the spot, Duke escaped faster than I’ve seen him move for kitty morsels.
“Why do I always have to take the ticks off? You should do it.”
“You’re the scientist.”
“You’re the man.”
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