It has been quite a while since I wrote a post because, truthfully, there wasn’t much to say. And then last week an event occurred that required my almost constant attention. Now that things have calmed down, I’ll share our past week with y’all.
Due to hubby’s dementia issues, and my own plantar fasciitis issues, I recently began taking Ducky back to daycare on an almost-daily basis. It was the best thing I could do for Ducky at the time. I hated not having her company here at home; but the stress was becoming overwhelming for her and, as a result, for me.
Last Monday, shortly after I dropped Ducky off, I received a voicemail asking that I call them back. (I make use of the automatic do not disturb while driving function on my cellphone.) When I called them back, I learned that Ducky had been taken to their vet for emergency treatment….
To make a long story short, one of Ducky’s usual playmates somehow escaped the indoor play area as Ducky and her human walker were returning from the outdoor potty area. In her excitement to see Ducky, the other dog somehow managed to tear Ducky’s right ear flap. It happened so fast that Ducky couldn’t protect herself, nor could the humans prevent the incident. They did manage to separate the two dogs quickly, though, and took Ducky to their vet….
Their vet, thankfully, is the same as that used by our Golden Retriever rescue group so I was comfortable with Ducky being in their care. I called them immediately and asked them to let me know when I could pick her up. When I picked her up at 3:30, this is how she looked:
My poor sweet baby girl. She had had to be sedated so her ear flap could be repaired. In addition to the sutures, gauze pads were placed around the ear and then the bandage had to be wrapped around her head. The bandage was removed on Friday afternoon, and the vet said that he was very pleased with the way the ear was healing. The only thing left to do was to keep her from scratching the ear. So, I brought her to Pet Supplies Plus and got her the cone.
Thanks to multiple applications of organic coconut oil, and the Carprofen, the irritation has eased enough that I was able to let her sleep without the cone around her neck on Sunday night. And, with the exception of Monday morning to keep the sutures dry in the rain, I’ve left the cone off since then. And Ducky is much happier. The sutures come out tomorrow. She will be even happier at that point. The daycare I take her to is still open, though not on weekends or for boarding. I’m not sure at this moment if I’m going to try bringing her back right away or wait until this COVID-19 mess is over and done.
Let me end by saying I have been remiss about keeping up with everyone’s blog posts this past month and I apologize for that. But I spent several hours this morning reading your recent posts. My phone – for whatever reason – does not allow me to use the “Like” buttons embedded in your posts. Meanwhile, I hope everyone stays safe and healthy throughout this worldwide crisis. Thank goodness we all have each other in our blogging community!