Friday, November 14, 2014

Sad Puppy!

Well, Little Miss Pebbles had a vet visit on Monday.

She's had a mild case of conjunctivitis, which we thought cleared up from the eye drops given to us at the previous vet visit, but it came back, this time in both her eyes.

And she has these "bumps" on her back that look like insect bites, very unusual for this time of year here. I spray the back yard twice a year for fleas, ticks, and other critters, and we use Advantage flea treatment on her, so we weren't sure what was going on.

And the day before I took her back in, she started licking her left front paw, and would pull it back from me when I went to look at it.

Time to go see Dr. Grain over at the Evening Pet Clinic again!

I can't say enough good things about the pet clinic. They really care about their little furry (and feathered!) patients there, and treat you like family when you show up.

After I checked in and was waiting, I noticed on of the nails on her left paw seemed to be red, maybe bleeding a bit, and then I remembered what had happened several days before.

I was bringing in a bunch of stuff from the car, and couldn't see where my big feet were going, and stepped on one of her front paws! Normally this hasn't been a problem, as she's quicker on her feet than I am on mine, and the carpet cushions it some.

Well, this time I stepped on her when she was right at the door, on the hardwood entry area. She didn't yelp or cry or anything, and I dropped what I was doing and called her back, She wasn't limping, and didn't seem to be in any pain, so I apologized to her (apologize to a dog?) and didn't think much of it.

When I hoisted her up to the exam table. though, the Doctor and I immediately noticed one of her nails was broken right where the fur stops and the nail begins.

SO, he removed the broken nail, swabbed the area with Providone Iodine, and wrapped it up, saying to leave it covered for 5 days so it would "seal up" and not get infected.

And then we put "The Cone" on her, to (TRY and) keep her from licking/chewing/tearing off the bandage on the paw.

And the good Doctor says the bumps are most likely allergies to some type of insect bite, and to give a Benadryl twice a day.

So, here she is looking a bit upset over having a bandaged foot, AND a cone her.

Poor puppy.....




18 comments:

  1. Ps. You could add little fun:

    Google. " dog cone martini". Hit images. :-)

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  2. Yeah, when I realized that *I* caused her problem, I really felt like shit!

    But the vet joked with me "Well, you didn't do it on purpose, did you?", to which I replied "Hell, NO!", and he said not to worry about it. The dog knows we treat her well, and she still loves me, so I guess all is forgiven.....

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    1. The vet said her diet is fine, and we give her a fish oil supplement.

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  4. Dang! Hope the pup rests well!

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    1. Well, the Benadryl is keeping her a bit sleepy, so she's staying off the paw, which we unwrapped tonight.

      No sign of bleeding, and the little stump from where the nail is appears to be "sealing up" fine.

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  5. It could be worse... Glad she's fixed up!

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  6. They sure hate those e-collars. But, well, ya gotta do what's right by the little buggers.

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    1. The bandage came off this afternoon (the vet said 5 days), and since she's not licking the paw at all, we took the cone off tonight.

      She was like a new dog!

      She hadn't been able to play with her toys with the cone on, and once I took it off, she had every damn toy out of the toybox, and scattered throughout the house, in about 15 minutes.

      Damn kids.......

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  7. I hope Little Miss Pebbles has a rapid recovery

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    1. She's back to her old self. The nail is healing nicely, and with the collar off, she can play with her toys again.

      It was sad to see her try and chew on her favorite bone. With one paw bandaged she couldn't hold it, and with the cone on, she could barely get to it to chew on it.

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  8. Aw, poor sad dog...but she still loves you and thinks that you're the greatest. Dogs are funny like that.

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    1. Yep, they sure are.

      Even after my wife and I have to "convince" her to sit still for the eye drops, she still gives me licks after I put them in.

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  9. Your dog looks very similar to mine. And mine is named pebbles too. Ironic, but cool.

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    1. She's an excellent dog now that we got rid of the other one we got at the same time as her.

      And yep, she's a cutie!

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  10. I've been using a new type of flea treatment on the cats here. It's called Chintin or something like that. Anyhow the damn stuff keeps the fleas off the animals here in the deep south for months. Seen ONE flea in the house since we started using it And they don't seem to be as susceptible to getting tapeworms either. You might check with your vet.

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  11. As far as we can tell it's not fleas.

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