Not a very good day.
Actually a bloody day.
Warning: if you have a weak stomach- you might want to skip this.
Bronco was coming through the door and the screen door clipped him on his tail. He let out a little yelp but I didn’t think anything of it until I noticed that blood was being thrown all over my breakfast room.
That’s when I noticed that the blood was coming from his tail. A lot of blood. We aren’t talking a little knick here- the word profusely would be more appropriate.
I immediately grabbed a towel and tried to apply pressure. Yea that wasn’t happening. The well behaved dog that will listen when you tell him to sit was all but a distant memory. He kept trying to lick his tail- all the while, still wagging it… throwing more blood around my house.
I called the vet as I ran back to my room to put a bra and shirt on. The lady, very nonchalantly, told me I could bring him right in. So I grabbed a bigger towel in hopes of not getting blood all over the car and vet’s office.
Yea that didn’t work either.
We got there (thankfully it is right down the street but it seemed like it was 30 miles away- kept feeling like I had passed it) and I tried to get him into the vet while holding his tail so he didn’t throw blood all over people sitting in the waiting room.
Yea that didn’t happen either.
I did stick my head in and asked people if they could go into the hallway because I knew if he saw people and other dogs then there would be even more of a mess on our hands. Luckily they did it- actually now that I think about it, no one questioned why this strange disembodied head was asking them to move. They just moved. Hmmm, I might have to find a way to harness that power. Of course I’m sure the fact that my face was all spattered with blood didn’t help.
Anyways, we got inside and the woman was still really calm until she looked up and saw me. Then she goes “oh you’re the one with the tail.”
Yes as a matter of fact I am.
She called for someone to come up front and they immediately sedated him while I was holding him so that he wouldn’t injure himself further. It was only then that I got a good look at his tail and oh my god it’s a good thing I’m not squeamish because that was downright vile. You could see where the hair and skin had ripped away from the bone. No wonder it was bleeding like a son of a bitch (okay that’s funny. I didn’t even realize the funny until I had already posted this and proofread it).
It wasn’t until I was filling out the paperwork when I realized how badly my hands were shaking. In the matter of about seven minutes I’d gone from “come on Bronco let’s go potty” to looking at the bloody bare bone of his tail as he was sedated.
Of course I then called my mom who didn’t answer. She finally (finally- ha it was like four minutes later) called back and I just unloaded. I just needed someone to talk to. It helped immensely.
The dr. called a little while ago and said that they were going to take him into surgery and amputate about 1/4 of his tail so they can get it all clean and sutured up and bandaged. They are going to keep him overnight and depending on how he’s doing we’ll pick him up tomorrow.
Now I just got to think of a way to keep a bandage on that tail.
And how to remove blood from the blinds.
Wow, I had such an emotional response to this post! I hate it when my babies (my two cats) are sick or injured. I hope your doggy gets well soon.
Poor Bronco! I hope he is feeling better.
Thanks guys- he’s feeling better. Now just trying to get him to stay a little chilled out for a couple of days so he doesn’t keep bleeding.
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