Lyra suddenly developed pink staining on her face, about 2 weeks ago. Have absolutely ZILCH idea why the staining's suddenly there! She never had problems with staining before... and no, it's not really tear stains because the pink is also on her blaze, in between her eyes. It's awful! Here are some pictures:
So now, she is on a 10-day course of Metronidazole (this is to clear up the red yeast) and today I tried this concoction that's been recommended to me by some Cavalier breeders. It's basically a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and cornstarch. They said to add in milk of magnesia as well, but I couldn't find it anywhere so H2O2 and cornstarch it is! Dropped by the drugstore to get this:
The concoction calls for 3% H2O2 but oddly, it doesn't seem to be sold anywhere in Malaysia! Everything here is 6%, so I just bought a bottle and diluted it with water. It was pretty simple to make, actually. All I did was boil some water and added the cornstarch in it, mixed everything into a paste, let the mixture cool down, and then added in the hydrogen peroxide. Then I just used my fingers to rub the paste onto Lyra's fur. She actually kept trying to eat the mixture!! OMG! I think it's because the cornstarch smells/tastes kinda sweet, so she thought it was food! Geez. Luckily, I had cornstarch at home so I didn't have to go out and buy it.
We've had this stocked at home for as long as I can remember!! When I was young, the teachers used to give us art projects with balloons and stuff... you know, the one where we were supposed to paste many layers of coloured paper onto the balloons? And we needed TONNES of glue for it? I used to boil water and cornstarch to use as glue.
Hydrogen peroxide is an oxidizing agent, so it's good for removing stains, even on clothes. Human hair bleach is a mixture of H2O2 and ammonium hydroxide. It's also being increasingly used in water treatment plants in place of chlorine. Seems that it's more environmentally friendly. The cornstarch is just to thicken the H2O2, so that it doesn't run everywhere.
Anyway, since today was the first time I'd bleached Lyra's fur, can't really tell you if it works or not just YET. The staining has faded a little, though, which is a good sign. I left the paste on her fur for about 4 hours. Tomorrow I'll apply it before bed and just leave it on till morning since she isn't bothered by it at all. Fingers crossed that it works!
Just can't wait for her fur to go back to normal! These pictures were taken just 2 weeks ago.. she looked perfectly fine then:
I just love this picture below. I think it's one of the best I've ever taken of Lyra! The contrast between the grass and her is just great. And this was taken with my crappy 18-55mm kit lens, which I rarely use anymore! Been using my 28mm f/1.8 much more these days but it's impossible to use that to capture dogs outdoors. Especially for action shots.. can't wait till I get another lens. Am looking into the 18-135mm.
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