At the vet, where they told me it was the worst "hot spot" they had ever seen, they shaved a little fur off of Scout, cleaned her sore up, gave her two antiobiotics and what my husband called "the lampshade." One good thing about the lampshade is that it is clear, so at least she can see out the sides. But she still bumps into things a lot.
The sore still looks pretty alarming. When I brought her in, and they were talking about it, I said something about it looking like "flesh-eating bacteria" and they nodded, like well, yes, it was.
The first time I tried to give her pills, she chomped down on my hand. Didn't break skin, but was clearly upset that I was putting my hand on her muzzle and sticking my finger down her throat. Usually she's ok with me giving her pills, but I forgot that the "lampshade" makes her a little fear-aggressive. But we worked with that, and now we're got a system down.
I think the sore is improving slightly, but I suppose it is too soon to tell. She still seems to be a little down, but that might be from the head gear. She doesn't want to catch the ball. She did seem to sleep a little better last night.
We really appreciate all of your prayers. And those of you who are asking St. Francis to pray as well, I say: the more the merrier!
I'm thinking about posting a picture of Scout and me together, but I'm nervous.