SUMMARY: That odor. That dripping blood.
The symptoms were the same, Thanksgiving morning, as the previous huge lumpy infection/lesion thing that she had a couple of months ago that antibiotics (and losing part of her cheek) made better.
But no matter how hard I looked in her mouth (and, surprise, she was willing to let me), I saw nothing. OK, turns out it's because it's under her tongue. This--if you've never tried it--is an astounding adventure to try to see or get at. Anyway--on antibiotics again. (Actually a larger one and a smaller one, and then the original site is a little iffy, also.)
Tika was not thrilled with going to the vets (AKA "This torture on top of forcing me to swallow thousands of pills all the time").
I convinced her to overcome her justified concern and get out of the car. We strolled around the parking lot for 10 minutes, and her agenda consisted entirely of coming back to the parking spot and pointing out that there are doors on MUTT MVR that could conceivably be opened to let her back in.
But mostly she handled things OK and we're now both home, resting from the ordeal.
On a side sad note, the vet said that it's possible that these mouth lesions are as a result of her kidney gradually failing. Which I already knew was happening from the blood test that we did when she had that first infection.
She seems to be racing to find as many problems to survive as she can before she leaves this opportunity for extra Zukes and crosses the so-called Rainbow Bridge. To prove what an over-achiever she is. Which, OK, Teek, I already knew.
I can commiserate. Aging is not for the hyperactive of heart and mind. She's so slow now. Back legs weaker. Heart hanging in there against all odds. Abdomen full of fluid despite aggressive diuretics. Occasional bouts of incontinence. The last two of which I suspect are not unrelated.
But just look at how beautiful she still is! And smart. Good old girl, knowing exactly what car doors look like from the outside.