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I tried to take Remmy's bandage off this morning just before I went to work, and the tape was sticking to her fur, so I decided I was going to take her to the vet after all. So I made an appointment for 3pm and asked Lynn if I could have an hour or two off. (Well, I asked her first and then made the appointment.)

So I grabbed Remmy just before 3 and we went to the vet.
First, they took the bandage off and took her temperature and weighed her.
Then the vet came in and took a look at it. She shaved the hair around the pad and cleaned it up with wipes. I looked at it after she cleaned it (and after I got up the courage) and it wasn't as bad as I thought. It's about a dime-sized flap of thick skin that was cut almost off - it was being held by maybe a quarter or half inch of skin to the rest of the pad.

The first plan of action was to inject her pad with some kind of numbing... stuff. The vet said she got injected with it before and it stings really really bad, so if Remmy couldn't take it, she said, they couldn't put stitches into it. Well, Remmy couldn't take it. She jerked around so much that they decided to just put staples into it.

Staples were hard to watch, too. Poor baby. She got three staples. The first one she yelped and tried to get away, but the vet tech had the front half of her and her head, and I had her back feet to keep her from bunny-kicking the vet. The second one she didn't move but she whined. The third one she kicked and struggled and yelped so much that we let go of her and let her rest for a minute.

Then came the time for the bandage to go on. And when they put too much pressure on it, Remmy actually snapped at them. She's never snapped before, not since she was a puppy. It must have hurt horribly.

Anyway, she's got an anti-inflammatory, an antibiotic, and an old IV drip bag with a plastic tie to put around her paw and the bandage when she goes outside. And she's not allowed to have any exercise for 14 days. They want her to only go outside on a leash. She doesn't know how to poop on-leash. Poor baby.

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dotcomdude
Jan. 6th, 2005 04:38 am (UTC)
Aww. I hate it when our furry babies hurt :(
Hope she feels better soon!
rivulet
Jan. 6th, 2005 04:48 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's no fun to watch her get so upset that she'd try to bite someone! She's already doing pretty well - must not hurt all that much.

How's your kitty? Last I heard he was doing pretty good.
dotcomdude
Jan. 6th, 2005 05:18 am (UTC)
Mikey seems to be doing well, thanks! We just switched insulins, but so far so good. And Teddi is over her ouchie and the fur is growing back :)

Hopefully your doggie heals soon. Do the staples come out automatically, or is that another visit?
rivulet
Jan. 6th, 2005 05:23 am (UTC)
That's another (probably painful) visit, unfortunately. But I don't think she'll care about that nearly as much as she's going to care about having to do her business on leash for two weeks straight. She didn't go tonight because she's not used to being tethered while she poops. Hopefully in the morning she'll have to go bad enough to actually do it.
rivulet
Jan. 6th, 2005 05:24 am (UTC)
Whoops, hit reply before I was ready. :D I'm glad your kitties are doing well! It's hard to play nurse all the time, I bet.
incognita
Jan. 6th, 2005 05:30 am (UTC)
omg :( Poor Remmy :( :( :( :( Give her lots of beef and kisses for me!
rivulet
Jan. 6th, 2005 05:33 am (UTC)
I bet she'd love beef. :D She gets peanut butter every day now, though, to hide the big ole pills she has to take. She loves peanut butter.
rini
Jan. 6th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC)
Aw, poor poor little girl :-(
I hope Remmy feels better soon.
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