Friday, December 4, 2009

Medical crisis - but not Peanut!

We have a little Boston Terrier that loves to attack our other two dogs, who are double her size. Last December I had to take her to the emergency vet at 11pm because she had her eye bitten. It was out of socket and there was a big gash above it.

Wednesday night, her head was bleeding. There was a big cut on it, but it stopped bleeding when I put pressure on it. I cleaned it up, and decided it was okay to heal on it's own. Yesterday (Thursday) I brought Peanut home from therapy and Hannah (the little trouble maker) ran up to me. Where the cut on her head is, was covered in ooze. Holy grossness! I tried cleaning it up but every time I touched her head, more pus came out.

I took her to the emergency vet and he said that she didn't get bit on Wednesday, she got bit previously. It made an abcess, and Wednesday it opened. That was the blood we saw. He wanted to do emergency surgery (just to be safe) for $800-1200. Uhm, no. So he instructed me how to open it and clean it every day for five days, gave her antibiotics and anti-inflammatories, and called it a day.

It took me and my husband, a muzzle, and a lot of swearing. I got it cleaned out last night. I am covered in scratches. I look like I was in a cat fight!!

Stupid dog. Honestly, if it's not one thing in this house it's another!


The VW's said...

Dogs can be such a pain! And, yet they are so wonderful too! Kind of like children and husbands, I guess?! :) Just think how boring life would be without them!

Hope it clears up soon and you can stay scratch free! HUGS!

Tina said...

And the vet fees are more expensive hope it all heals without surgery.

Michelle and Sean said...

Oh I'm so sorry. Just what you need, dog problems. I couldn't help but laugh a little when you talk about the muzzle and the swearing. I can just imagine that is just how I would be. Hope things get better soon!

Timothy Ethan said...

Pets are so much like children. Bullying and never learning their lessons from it! That is all you need is a BIG vet bill here at the Holidays. I hope the wounds heals on its own.

Just an FYI: Next time try tightly swaddling the dog in a large towel or blanket,before trying to clean the wound. This won't cut out the need for the muzzle, but it should help cut down on the swearing!