October 4th, 2006

hound of heaven

Prayer request

I was getting ready to go to a friend's father's funeral out of town just now, and I noticed blood on the kitchen floor. Sassafras is bleeding from her neck, all down her front. She is very tender at that place, and is snapping violently at me when I even try to clean it up.

I've made an emergency appointment at the vet's for an hour from now.

I was noticing yesterday that she looked rather jowly, with her dewlaps hanging down. I just thought she was being matronly (she'll be six years old this month). But as I was petting her yesterday, I felt what I thought was a loose fold of skin hanging down from her jaw, which may have been an abscess or something. If so, that probably burst, causing her some pain, fear, and maybe a fever.

It ain't gonna be easy to get at her problem, since she doesn't like strangers much, and vets much, much less. They'll either have to muzzle her or sedate her, I'm thinking. Either way, my guess is the rest of this day is going to center largely around dog care.

Poor girl.

EDIT: Sassy was obviously agitated, but behaved pretty well at the vet's. They're keeping her. Gotta sedate her to shave her ruff at the affected area. Sedation means pre-op bloodwork, yada yada. We're talking around two hundred simoleons.

My guess is, she's got an abscess there that broke open. It began bleeding again -- profusely -- in the exam room upon being handled. It'll have to be drained and she'll have antibiotics to take for a while. Anyway, we'll see what the vet has to say in a bit.

Further edit: For her many admirers, here is her gallery of photos. http://pics.livejournal.com/aefenglommung/gallery/0000ft6t
hound of heaven

And we're home (Sassafras update)

I got tired of waiting for the vet's office to call, so I finally called over there. I got a monstrous long spiel about stuff I already knew, mostly tending toward suggesting that I transfer veterinarians. Finally, I said, But HOW IS MY DOG?

Oh, she was ready to be picked up, any time. What doofuses.

Anyway, Sassy is home now, and very happy to be so. The front of her throat's been shaved back. There are absorbable sutures, but the area has also been left partly open in order to finish draining. We have antibiotics to take twice a day.

She's had her pills (with butter). And her food and water. And now she's lying at my feet here in the computer room, just glad to be home.

It's been quite a day for both of us. Thanks be to God, who watches over all his creatures.