September 30, 2012

White Dog opened a sleepy eye and looked at me. It was just Sunday, a bit past midnight. "Is it time to go already?" "No, Little One, get some rest we are taking Nuka to the Emergency Vet." "WHAT?" "Will fill you in when we know, we will be back as soon as possible."

With that Steve picked Nuka up in his arms and carried her out where he placed her in my arms for the ride across town.

We had just finished packing the car with the items we still needed to take to the Park in the morning to set up and hold the Walk to End Cancer. It was late; we were tired; we needed an early start to be there to build tents and string banners and the create the Tribute Wall and such. As we prepared for bed, I noticed Nuka, bathed and groomed a few days ago, was a bit streaky at the backside. I picked her up so Steve could do a bit of quick tidying and she screamed in pain. When I turned her over on her back both Steve and I gasped. It appeared that her private parts were in prolapse...and this had occured within the past few hours since we had brushed the WDA out after dinner.

I could not help be a bit angry at the Universe for the unfairness of Nuka's condition and found no humor in the irony of walking into the Emergency Hospital (a Major Sponsor of the Walk) to be surrounded by posters advertising our Walk to End Cancer, a huge photo of Abigail, our Canine Cancer Warrior of the Year and stacks of cards announcing our event.

The vet tech took our Nuka Angel Marie and headed into the back; the receptionist told us the doctor on duty had two patients and that he would then take a look at her. It seemed like forever and finally I asked the receptionist for a status report. She returned to say the doctor would be right out with Nuka and that there was no need for worry.

The vet, again a not funny twist of irony, turned out to be the ER Vet who was giving the presentation on First Aid for Your Dog at the Walk to End Cancer. He put Nuka back into my arms and handed Steve an antibiotic and a steroidal topical ointment. "She has vaginitis, a severe infection," he told us. "She may need a cone if she tries licking and should have lots of rest...no more walking than necessary because it hurts to do so and urinating is painful, too."

We walked into the house at nearly 2am and the entire WDA was on high alert. They all had to check out their sibling and then looked at me. "The White Dog Army will NOT be Walking as a whole today," I sadly told them. "Nuka needs to rest and to walk as little as possible." Immediately, Quinn asked permission to stay home to care for Another White Dog and keep her company. "She is always there for me, it is the least I can do," he volunteered. With regret WD granted permission.

"This is not a good omen," I muttered as we tried to grab a remaining hours of sleep. "Trust me, momma," White Dog said, "think of this as getting the surprises out of the way. Everything will be fine...and so will Nuka!"


ra husky said...

Oh dear white dog army, how very scary. Glad our dear got right into the vet's, please know that all our prayers and siber vibes will be for woo tonight,

RA, Isis & NanĂ¼k

Jo's World said...

Our heart goes out to Nuka to have to have this painful condition. Our prayers are with her, , ,and with you for a most successful event!


Noodles said...

Oh my. ANY trip to the emergency VET is a scary one. My heart goes out to Nuka. I hope it all turns out well.
Love Noodles

Brian said...

Oh my goodness, yes, that is very scary. We all send our best purrs and prayer to sweet Nuka.

TwoSpecialWires said...

We have to believe that your next post will calm our fears and anxieties and will rebuild our faith and total belief that Sunday and the walk to help end cancer were a GREAT success in all respects, not these least of which are Nuka's renewed health and the Army's amazing accomplishment.

Trusting goodness,
Jake, Fergi and Family

Sankissjuice said...

I like White Dog's attitude to Life. it is true that we have no control over everything. While it is sad that Nuka cannot walk, the others will surely lift the spirits of so many others present to the event. And sending good thoughts so Nuka will recover soon.


Agnes B Bullock said...

How is dear Nuka doing today? POTP headed your way!

Ginger Jasper said...

Oh no what a scare. Purrs coming your way. I so hope the rest went off without any more scares and that sweet Nuka is feeling better.Hugs GJ xx

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Oh, we are just so sorry for little Nuka. We hope she is doing better today. That was one very warranted midnight trip to the ER. Bless little Quinn - such a gentle soul.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I know this scared you all so bad- but I am happy the vet could see what the problem was- and give her some medicines to make her better.
I will send magic healing bubbles to help her feel better,

Nola said...

Oh no! Poor baby! Nola had the same thing shortly after her spay, though not nearly as severe. It was horrid! Fingers and paws crossed for a speedy recovery
Nola's Mom

Amber DaWeenie said...

Oh goodness...poor little girl. I know that must have been very frightening. Glad she's going to be OK though. We're sending lots of Weenie hugs and good vibes.

Kari in Vegas said...

Oh poor Nuka

Stop on by for a visit

KB said...

Poor Nuka. Oh my... what a day Sunday was for you, starting in the wee hours of the morning.

We had a similar experience last week. Shyla started bleeding from her vulva, and I was terrified that she was going into heat (she's not spayed yet). It turned out to be a severe UTI, and antibiotics turned things around within about 12 hrs. I hope that the same has happened for Nuka.

Don't worry - that spaying will be happening soon. We were trying to give her more time to settle in with us before having an operation but now we realize that going into heat would be a very bad thing (attracting coyotes, etc. etc.) so it's almost time for her operation!

I hope that the walk went well despite your fatigue from the night before.

The Slimmer Pugs, Kitties, and Mama said...

Wesa sending you pug kisses to you Nuka and hopes you feel like yourself real soon. Wesa sad to hear that you were not feeling well. :( Bummer...but the good news is you know your loved when your parents take you day or night to make you well.
Much Luvums,
The Slimmer Puggums
George, Gracie, Toby, Lily, & Mimi