|Giving me her best stink eye while we wait to see the vet.|
One day, my 4 year old daughter informed me that there was something yucky on a pillow on the bed. There was a nice bloody and drooly area on the pillow where Shiner had just been licking herself. After looking Shiner over, I found that her paws looked a little bloody. (Nothing too crazy!) I cleaned them up and determined that she must have quicked her dewclaw. She likes to bite her nails and it looked a little short. I put a rubber bootie on her foot, and she went to take a nap.
Fast forward a couple of hours and I found another spot of blood on the bed, this time with a clot. I checked Shiner again and decided that I didn't know where the heck this stuff was coming from. I tried to get her to give me some kisses, but she refused. I thought she was just upset with me for having another dog around.
|A picture I took for Shiner's vet. I think it looked worse in person, but maybe that's just me being an over-reactive dog mom?|
Finally, I discovered the blood was coming from her mouth. I couldn't look in her mouth by myself and it would be an hour before the dog daddy came home to help me. It was tough, but I got an OK look in her mouth and found a pretty big cut on the underside of her tongue. Of course, after my messing with it it started to bleed again. Tongues bleed a lot in case you weren't aware... but they also heal pretty quickly, which is good.
For a few days, I made Shiner wear a cone of shame. This was to prevent her from licking herself. She's overly fond of licking and when she licked, her tongue would bleed some. The vet prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection. I tried to keep her mostly quiet for a few days. This also put a delay in our socialization efforts with new dog, Farrah.
|She looks grumpy, but she did great with her cone of shame.|
Even without her licker, Shiner did very well. I don't think she felt all that great for a few days but other than laying around more than usual, she still ate normally.
Yesterday, we went in for a tongue re-check with the veterinarian and her tongue is on the road to recovery. She's off her antibiotics and so I'll monitor to make sure the tongue doesn't become infected.
|Visiting the vet for a re-check!|
If you're wondering how Shiner cut her tongue, well your guess is as good as mine at this point. I was asleep when it had to have happened. Dog Daddy took her outside and watched her. He fed her breakfast. She wasn't around the other dog either. This is one mystery I haven't been able to solve yet.
For those of you who sent Shiner well wishes already, she sends you her licks and love! We've been busy around here and should have another update soon with how everyone is settling in with a new dog around.