I was talking to a friend the other week and we were laughing that we actually count the months that we are not at the vet or the ER as if they were notches on a bedpost and we swell with pride that we take such good care of our dogs. Well, I think karma had one in for me because last Thursday we noticed that Nooner had a really bad accident and we have absolutely no idea what happened.
We were sitting on the couch and every time the Mr. petted her she screamed. My initial reaction was that it was a back problem and all that back issues entail, but as I was massaging around trying to see where it hurt I felt a bump. Mosquito bite? But when I inspected it all of a sudden her skin spread apart and I freaked out because she had been sliced open about 1" long and 1/4" deep!! Clean cut, no jagged edged or punctures so I know if wasn't a dog fight but somehow, somewhere she cut herself. The odd part was that there was no blood anywhere and we can't figure out what edge was that sharp to cut that deep! Very scary!
So, the Mr. took her to the ER and we were finally able to pick her up at 1:30 in the morning. Gruesome picture isn't it? Looks so much better today and the drain tube comes out this afternoon so at least we won't have to look at that anymore!
My reaction wasn't good and if it was serious I don't know if I had enough sense and knowledge to stop the bleeding on a cut so to help educate myself, and hopefully other dog owners too, I thought I'd include some links in today's post on pet first aid:
- Wound Care and Treatment For Dogs
- Broken Bones in Dogs
- Heimlich Maneuver For Dogs
- Saving Your Pet With CPR
- Find a Pet First Aid class in your area through the American Red Cross
- Make your own pet first aid kit with this list (mine actually came in handy this week at the dog park when my friend's dog had a bleeding paw!)
- Pet MD First Aid & Emergency app
What's the scariest emergency you've had to take care of with your dog?