Late Saturday afternoon Neal heard Maddie give a yelp. This isn't unusual as she and Tilly rough house quite a bit as they romp in the yard. A few minutes later, she sat on the deck in the snow, waiting to be let in. Not long after, Neal took the big girls on their walk while I attended to Coco. Maddie wasn't that into her walk, so Neal cut it short.
As Maddie lay curled up on the living room rug, I noticed she was licking her side. Maddie tends toward compulsive behaviors, and I like to check them out when I see them. Lo! What I found was a raw spot about the size of a half dollar. Neal had the good sense to bring her to the vet's. Our usual vet's office was closed, and we couldn't get through to their phone service. Luckily, just down the hill from us is another veterinarian office, and Neal brought her there. I honestly thought this was a surface wound, just in need of a little topical or dressing.
My heart sank when Neal came home alone. They said it was a deep puncture wound and wanted to put in a drain and stitch her up. As best we can figure, the 14" or so of snow raised the ground enough to make Maddie's usually running paths more difficult to get around, and she must have plowed into a stick or branch that she would duck normally.
We got a call after her surgery to let us know she was waking up, and another call this morning. I nearly fainted when I heard Neal's voice, shocked, ask the vet to repeat the size of the puncture. I knew it must be bad; he doesn't shock easily.
Six inches, people. Six. Inches.
We are so very fortunate that it missed any organs. So lucky that Neal decided she needed a trip to the vet's, thereby avoiding infection. So lucky.
I got to see my girl this afternoon. She was groggy, but happy to see me. After a little walk and a treat (vet approved), we brought her back in. She seemed pretty tired and ready to go back to her crate. I'll call tomorrow to see if she can come home. We have to wait until the drain comes out, and then she'll have to wear a collar, which will make her miserable.
Maddie not having a more serious accident is my best gift this year. I feel so very lucky.