Puppy is home from the Vet hospital and thankfully her tail is intact… for now. She looks so pathetic and it just breaks my little heart. They’ve stitched up the tail all around and bandaged it tightly. Unfortunately, Puppy has to wear an Elizabeth collar to prevent her from gnawing at her tail. She can actually still reach her tail with the contraption around her head so every now and then we have to scold her which makes me feel like a terrible Mom, but really, it’s for her own good. Tail injuries in dogs are very difficult to heal and manage. The tail is a continuation of the spine so if the tail can’t heal, partial amputation will ultimately have to result in order to prevent infection and other damage. We’re desperately trying to avoid that for obvious reasons. It has been a challenge trying to keep Puppy from wagging her tail. She has one of those strong, long whipping tails that hits anything and everything in her way. The more she whacks her tail, the higher the chance for her hurting the tail and causing it to bleed. Puppy has been whimpering in pain off and on and especially at night, so, of course I try to comfort her and give her lots of belly rubs. We have to give Puppy antibiotics twice a day to help fight infection and she goes back to the Vet on Monday for a check-up. We’re hoping the vet has positive news for us. We do know that Puppy will have to keep the collar and wrapped tail for at least four to five weeks, at a minimum, so we’re in this for the long haul.
On top of Puppy hurting her tail, she already has two chronic ear infections and a torn ACL equivalent in her back leg. She’s not allowed any walks or trips to the puppy park. The poor girl looks miserable and bored but we have to be especially careful with her in order for the tail to heal. Laying low for a while should also help Puppy with trying to heal the ACL injury in order to avoid surgery for that as well. As you can see, Puppy is an unfortunate disaster but hopefully we’ll have her on the mend and back to her old self soon. Thanks to everyone for the well wishes. Puppy thanks you, too!