Danny and I ended up having to take Ella to the emergency vet this past Saturday. She had been scratching herself so much there were sores on her elbow and her skin was all red. We thought it was bad diet and really dry skin so we had changed her food and were giving her oatmeal baths but it wasn't helping.
The vet diagnosed Ella with mange! My poor baby! The worst part was that they couldn't give her anything to relieve the itching. They said our normal vet will have to treat her multiple times and they don't like to start animals on a treatment with the possibility of the normal vet using a different treatment. Danny is going to take her very first thing Monday morning so hopefully she won't be an itchy baby much longer.
More bad news -- we now have to get Ella fixed because you can't breed dogs that have mange. It's considered a genetic disorder that you don't want to pass on to her pups. That means Ella's mom and the rest of the litter all have mange. Danny tried to call the breader our friend Charlie originally got Ella from and (shocker) the number was disconnected. We're talking about a pretty shady lady here. So sad that there are people like this in the world that rather make a quick buck than consider how many animals they are putting at risk.
Until we get Ella all fixed up, Shiloh is staying with my parents so she can't catch it. I'm so thankful that they were willing to keep her.
I just want Ella to be all better and fast!