posted on Aug, 9 2019 @ 06:32 PM
We have this symbiotic relationship with our large animal Vet, raising cattle and all. As such, we get first priority in the clinic for most all of
our animals. We can call in the middle of the night and get a call back from the Vet on duty.
So, yesterday, the Australian Shepard damaged his foot somehow. At first I thought it was superficial, and we treated it as such. But, later I got
to looking at his injury and it was bad. Very bad. He'd somehow torn the main pad on his foot almost completely off. He was a hurtin' pup!!
I just got out of the Vet's office last week with out other dog the Australian Cattle Dog (ACD). He breaks his nails way up into the nail-bed on a
regular basis, but the injury on this other dog was far more serious.
Rhode (pronounced 'Roadey") wasn't even limping when we came in after grading the road. Then he started limping. By the morning he was limping
and only walking on (3) feet, which is hard for him because he only has one back hip (the other was removed). Poor guy was hurting!
So, over the weekend we bandaged him (which he hates), with triple antibiotics, gauze and elastic bandages. Wife thought he would be fine....until I
took him in to the Vet Doc this morning! Major injury for this pup!!!
Now he's got a cast on his foot, which can't get wet (at ALL). They can't stitch him up, because dog's foot pad's heal differently and stitches
won't hold...so the poor "little" guy (all 87lbs of him) is hurting tonight.
They wanted to put the "Cone of Shame" on him, to keep him from chewing on the bandages, but he's not a chewer. AND, the "Cone of Shame" is the
most DESTRUCTIVE thing in our house...it destroys everything!! And, I hate them!!
So now we're just managing Rhode, to make sure he doesn't chew or remove his bandages.
Man, sometimes...this sucks!!