Sunday in the backyard, Vala decided to rip a dewclaw off. And I used to think it was duclaw, but wikipedia says dewclaw and I must bow to the power that is wikipeida. Naturally this happened when I had FINALLY fallen asleep while being able to breathe for the first time in a week.
My nap was interrupted by Ben calling me for help to clean up the mess. We brought her inside and clipped as much of the nail as we easily could, cleaned it with salt water and wrapped it up.
The home made bandage. Some guaze over the dewclaw (that spelling still looks wrong to me) and a bandage tied around it. It didn’t stay on long and got retied many times over the course of Sunday night.
After she got over the bandage on her foot she was very happy again. Vala usually knows when my iPhone is on camera mode – thought I don’t know how as 99% of the time my phone is on silent. But for once I got a photo of her grinning madly at me. Puppy love!
We couldn’t really get to the nail to cut it properly so before work on Monday we dropped into our vet – we didn’t have an appointment but I’m in there regularly buying her meds so I figured there was a good chance that if I showed up as they opened that they would see us. Unfortunately the vet wasn’t going to be in for another hour so they called the next nearest in their chain of vets and they had an appointment. Another 15 mins down the road and another vet clinic – luckily Vala loves the vets. ALL THE SMELLS!
The vet easily got to the nail and clipped it – while Vala stayed perfectly still. Such a good dog. The vet couldn’t believe how well behaved she was and kept exclaiming over her and telling other staff! They bandaged her up and gave us some antibiotics to take home for her to prevent infection – as she has other serious medical conditions they didn’t want to take any chances and wanted her on antibiotics. The vet and vet nurse bandaged her up and kept talking about how easy it was to clip the dewclaw.
The good (?) thing about spending so much so regularly at the vets is that their loyalty scheme pays off pretty fast for us so $20 off the consult was convenient, seeing as it was an unexpected expense.
Naturally, by the time we got home the bandage was off…so I brought it in from the car and laughed a lot at the leg shaped bandage lying on the floor. Thankfully the bandage can restick so once again we rebandaged her. And duct taped it a bit for good measure.
Then we regressed into some puppy sulking when she realised she couldn’t get the bandage off and was going to be closely supervised all day by Ben while I went off to work.
And then came a very clingy puppy when I got home tonight. She really wanted hugs so I let her sleep half on me on the condition that she was also a laptop table. She wasn’t that happy with the laptop table part of it. The laptop didn’t seem to mind the furry table. Somehow the bandage was still on when I got home so I’m counting that as a win!
What has been happening with your furbabies recently?