Poor Ellie. It's been a rough ordeal for her with her mange. Even though her itching has been better since January, which is a huge relief for her, her fur has been falling out much past that. We think this is the last of it, because it's hit almost every part of her body. Looking back at old photos of when we first adopted her, I realized how fluffy she was! That's how her coat is supposed to be. We'd forgotten just how fluffy she used to be. And after the our recent trip, she looked really thin when we saw her, but she hasn't lost weight, just fur.
I didn't take these pictures specifically to document her mange, and she doesn't really like the camera, so when she was itchy, the last thing I wanted to do was torture her more. When she was at her most bald with raw red wounds, I was pretty emotional about it. In fact there are large blocks of time with no picture of her. Me trying to protect her pride. By showing this, I'm not trying to embarass her, I think she's gorgeous in all ways. I just want to document her recovery and tell others that it takes time to heal from this vicious stuff.
Full coat, with a few itchy patches which we thought were from flea bites.
Itch caught on camera. Sienna is perplexed.
She's lost a lot of the lower fur, but her "mane" neck hair remains
Her hock fur falls off in patches.
Leg fur growing back, elbow wounds healing, still patchy in other areas. Still got that big mane!
Chest fur grows back, yippee!
Body fur thinner, neck hair falling out and thinner.
I hope to post many many pictures this summer...let's hope her full coat is back in full glory!