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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Deja vu all over again

If you've been here before chances are you've read an entry or two about an ungodly amount of money that was spent on medical care for my canine companion.

Here's one more to add to the pile.

Friday night my adorable husband woke me up from an evening nap by saying very calmly and deliberately, "Baby, I need you to wake up now. Duke has a cut. It's pretty bad. He might need stitches. Please come look."

I was napping as he packed the car for our late night drive to Rhode Island to see my in-laws. I walked out to the living room to see Duke lying on the floor, looking up at me with confusion about why he had been told to "wait" on his side. He had blood on the lower part of one of his back legs. I wiped it with a wet cloth Matthew handed me and realized it was a deep gash and it was oozing blood... between the blood and the raw muscle (ick!) I knew it was animal hospital time. A bandage, 2 pieces of gauze, and a band-aid later we loaded Duke into the car and drove to the animal ER in our neighborhood.

$312 later... Duke had 4 staples in his leg, 3 weeks of antibiotics, 3 days' worth of anti-inflammatory, a cone (which he will never wear), and animal parental peace of mind for Matthew & me.

Lesson in resiliency: while the amazing ER vet was examining him, Duke just laid there. Didn't flinch, didn't yelp, didn't even really seem to notice anything except that a human was touching him and he digs that. She put the staples in his leg without restraints or anesthetic and then he licked her face. He really is Duke the Wonder Dog. Vet kept saying, "He's such a good boy!" Oh yeah, he also let the fabulous vet tech just stick the thermometer right in his butt. He kinda looked back at her and let her do what she needed. The boy is downright heroic.

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6 What people are saying:

Blogger Monogram Queen rambles...

Yay for the Dukester! Hope his boo boo mends quickly!

9/10/2008 09:27:00 AM

Blogger Lynilu rambles...

Wow, that is some amazing, calm and easygoing pup, fer sher!!! I can't imagine that!

How did he get the cut??

If you don't use the cone, you have to be very, very vigilant about him licking the wound. It could set him back seriously by causing infection and slowing down the healing, or worse yet, he might even pull the staples out. YIKE!

9/10/2008 03:45:00 PM

Blogger Anisa rambles...

what a good mommy you already are! and, he sounds just fab. matty, our cat, gave the vet tech kisses too. makes you feel so freaking proud like hey -- look, i did something good! i raised a fine, upstanding young man! :)

9/10/2008 10:27:00 PM

Blogger Retro Girl rambles...

Awwwww poor puppy! He sounds like such an amazing dog...really well behaved and so sweet. Hope he heals really quick.

My jack russell Watts (R.I.P.) had to wear the "lamp shade" once...he really hated it, tried to do whatever he could to take it off. Lucky for him, his 'sister' Dottie, (my other Jack Russell) tore it off of him and wrecked the in the trash it went. lol.

9/11/2008 01:22:00 PM

Blogger Sandra rambles...

Duke is an angel on this earth, I can't imagine a dog being so sweet and trusting through all that! And yes, now we want to know, do you know how he got the cut? Gah, vet bills...I know, I know.

9/11/2008 11:32:00 PM

Blogger Brown English Muffin rambles...

I want YOUR dog...can you get me a jar of sperm!! Yuck that sounds gross!!!! LOL

9/23/2008 01:43:00 PM


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