July 23, 2012

White Dog and the others walked Quinn to the door and nosed their "good luck" as Steve led him out for his vet visit. It was laser therapy treatment day for his nerve issues that affect his rear legs and the deep tissue stimulation seems to be helping. While there, Steve was going to ask about a bump on Quinn's rear leg (loose under the skin, thinking maybe some kind of insect bite).

The Other White Dog returned walking almost jauntily and easily handling the steps up to the front door. But when he walked in, the WDA and I gasped. Where the bump on his leg had been was now shaved and bloody! TOWD was oblivious but we looked at Steve with shock.

"It was a foxtail embedded under his skin and festering," Steve began by way of an explanation. Apparently the weed seed had become trapped in Quinn's undercoat and was irritating him. So he rubbed his leg until it became chafed and the skin broken. The foxtail migrated to the open wound and slipped under the skin.

Dr. Julia opened and drained the infection and administered an antibiotic cream, which we are to continue twice a day until it heals. She said it was probably quite painful and that Quinn (Quinnie-Quinn, as she calls him) would probably be walking better just from the removal of the foxtail and release of the infection. He should be fine, but it was a graphic reminder of serious stories you hear of pups who get foxtails lodged in their eardrums, or under the gumline, or even caught beneath the eyelid and, as a result, face major consequences. Quinn was lucky.

Now that I am pretty much recovered from my bout of summer sickies, I would like to thank you all for your well wishes and concern. It made me smile (when not much did) and gave me something to focus on other than the seemingly endless food smells that fill our home and neighborhood. I had the best nursing staff imaginable and a very patient Steve to keep things running...and one bossy little White Dog who thinks SHE knows what is best...and sometimes does!


GOOSE said...

Good thing you caught that foxtail when you did. Even though it must have been painful.

Teddy Bear said...

We're so glad to hear that Mama is feeling better.:) Oh and sweet Quinn, we're so glad that the foxtail was found and we hope that you heal quickly, dear friend.:)

Teddy Bear & Sierra

Jeanne Pursell said...

We are so very glad to hear you are better!! Good thing that the foxtail was caught!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Random Felines said...

wow - that sounds painful...we are glad Quinn is feeling better already.

Brian said...

I am so happy you are on the mend and I hope Quinn feels much better with that thingy gone!

24 Paws of Love said...

We're so glad to hear that Quinn is OK. If you don't mind me asking,What is a foxtail?

ra husky said...

Aw poor Quinn, good to hear he's on the mend. Please give him our best,

RA, Isis & NanĂ¼k

Asta said...

healing smoochie kisses awe on the way fow Quinn's BooBoo..thank dog the vettie found it and coold make it all bettew befowe that foxtail embedded even mowe

we awe delighted to heaw that all the love and cawe that TWDA gave made you bettew..how could it not
smoochie kisses

meowmeowmans said...

We're so glad to hear you're feeling better, Mom Sue. And thankful that the vet got that foxtail out!

Kari in Vegas said...

oh foxtails are nasty things :(

Stop on by for a visit

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

So good to know that Siku Marie can step into the Mom's role when Mom can't do it. Poor Quinn - we are glad the foxtail was found and we hope he will be doing much better soon.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Amber DaWeenie said...

We're on a break but we've sure missed a lot of news at your house. Glad the sickies are almost gone. And Quinn's poor leg! Ouch. Heal quickly!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

That nasty fox tail must have hurt so bad. We hope the owie feels much better!

ForPetsSake said...

Oooh, those are nasty little buggers! We pull them out of poor pups all the time. They can really cause big problems - kudos for quick extraction!