"Cheer up. Remember what the Monty Python boys say."
"Always look on the bright side of life?"
"No, 'Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.'"

Friday, June 20, 2008

Oh My Is that A Hole in Your Bottom, Cheyenne?

Did that catch your attention? We had a doggie emergency this week.

Yep, it is hole, in fact, it is one small hole (dine size) and 1 large tear (1 inch by 2 inches) and neither one is the one God gave her. Stress does not cover the feelings I felt.

My first baby girl (four pawed) has some how manged to get herself an abscess on her bottom. Monday night she was acting very meek and calm. By Tuesday, she was just not herself. She wanted to sleep and not play. Wednesday morning I noticed her bottom had swollen slightly and I called the vet. By the time I got home to "watch her and see if she is still acting 'off''" it was on the verge of rupture. I went to clean it (and keep her in my sight the rest of the night) and well, let's just say, it was gross.

So, Thursday we had the big vet visit and she was already feeling better and perking up because the pressure was gone. The vet is confused as to how she got it but since her behavior didn't change until Monday, he thinks it was slow growing and we may never have know until it got to this point. The vet techs were psyched because anytime they hear "abscess" it is a juicy visit, pun intended.

She had a fever, too so infection was still in her. We were given a powder that will stop the itching and numb the areas while it heals and it also contained a topical antibiotic. She was also given a shot, oral antibiotics and three days worth of pain pills.

We have a long road of healing ahead of us but as of now we will not need surgery.

By this morning she is a different dog. She hates the "conehead" but she is eating and running around and the areas are starting to heal. She goes back in on Thursday for a follow up.

Believe me when I say, I have a new appreciation for Vet techs and the grossness of their jobs.


Jen said...

That does not sound at all pleasant. I'm glad she is healing up and hopefully she can get that cone off her head soon. My dog hates wearing one!

jenn said...

Oh No!!! Poor baby girl! My little princess will ocassionally get a bad anal gland. If ou have never experienced it I hope you never do. Vet techs are awesome for having to deal with that alone!

Tammy said...

She is doing sooo much better today (Sat.) and her stuborn personality is back.

I loved the vets soothing manner and reassurance that she will be fine in a few weeks.

Luckily, the skin is already starting to rebond.