Home and sleeping

Our baby is home and fast asleep on her cushion sporting a bright red bootee.
She was first in today, and we stayed with her whilst the sedative kicked in.
The vet seemed familiar, but I couldn’t place her, so when she came back with the necessary dose, I asked her name and if she was one of the regular vets.
She said she was a locum, and I asked where she had been before. It turns out she was one of the vets in our previous but one Lincolnshire surgery.
She was very apologetic at not recognising us, our name or Maggie, saying that we couldn’t have gone very often. I said no, only twice, but I rarely forget a face.  Small world, but she oozed confidence and we were pleased she was seeing to Maggie today.
Photo from early October
Her toe was still swollen though she allowed the vet to touch it and give it a wiggle without flinching too much which was a definite improvement on yesterday.

The Xray showed no fractures, so that was a relief. However, when they made a small incision to lance the wound on her toe, apparently there was ‘a cavity’ which has been flushed out and dressed, although there seems to be nothing in it. Perhaps she had a small puncture wound and something got in to irritate it, building up pressure which was the cause of her discomfort.
Whilst she was under, they’ve clipped her nails too as they had got a little long. We usually do it, but thought it a good idea as they could give her a good trim and just in case they nicked a blood vessel, they could deal with it and she wouldn’t know anything about it.
Poor love, the last couple of months haven’t been very nice for her. In fact she’s been poorly quite a bit in the last two years.

We’ve come away with a 7 day course of antibiotics which are to be taken as well as the remainder of the anti inflammatory meds we have and instructions to bathe her foot in salt water as and when necessary. Exercise is to be kept to a minimum, we’re to stop her licking it (so far no need for a cone of shame) and give her a light meal this evening.
A follow up appointment has been made to see the vet we saw yesterday on Friday.

Luckily my pension went in today so that will contribute to the cost of almost £200 (ouch).
Hopefully she will be OK now and soon back to her normal self though it will be a while before I’d be happy to let her chase the gulls on the beach.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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13 Responses to Home and sleeping

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    Excellent news that nothing’s broken. Also good that she let the Vet touch her foot, clearly it’s not as sore. Hopefully she’s on the mend.

    • We hope so too.
      Yesterday’s antibiotics obviously helped and now that they’ve had a good looksee, perhaps antibiotics are all that are needed to finally sort it out.

  2. Victo Dolore says:

    Poor thing. I hope she feels better quickly.

    • She’s still a little dopey but seems OK. Sleep is the best thing for her. They guys have gone off on a field trip so I’m dog sitting, which I certainly don’t mind in the circumstances.

  3. joyroses13 says:

    Glad that you had a vet that you had before and felt confident with! That means a lot when dealing with your precious one.
    Hope the healing doesn’t take too long and that the worst is over now for Maggie!

    • Us too Joy. That’s one of the things about this practice, so many vets, so they don’t get to know their patients. Maggie saw the same vet on every visit in our last surgery. We are thinking of moving to a smaller practice to get the one on one again. No reflection on this one, they are all very nice, just a bit big for our liking.

  4. Good news! Several years ago my old cat Jake kept getting abscesses around his ear. My vet was convinced he was getting into fights. I wasn’t. He rarely went outside and when he did he slept on the bricks. I did a second opinion and found out that he had a yeast infection in his ear which cause him to scratch himself. Those deep cuts were full of bacterial but healed over causing an abscess. A round of ear stuff and he was good. However, he had sprayed his stinky pus on one of our upholstered chairs. Funny how we overlook those things when it’s a beloved pet. So glad that Maggie is ok (and doesn’t need the cone).

    • Thanks Kate. We really hope this is sorted now and she can bounce back. I’m keeping an eye on her and making sure she’s warm and comfortable on her cushion. She’s just had a bit of my toast (no crust to keep it soft) and has drifted back into the land of doggy nod.
      You’re right though, we overlook things when they’re not well.

  5. scifihammy says:

    So odd that her foot was so swollen and sore, but an empty space inside! Good to know that nothing is broken and hopefully she will heal now her wound has been cleaned out properly. 🙂

  6. Sorry to read this it so hard to know what is best. By best wishes for and you. It was good to hear that is on the mend.

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