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My poor dog

September 3rd, 2007 at 10:44 pm

My dog, who is 13, recently developed a terrible abscess on his stomach. He has been chewing on it since Saturday, but the Labor Day holiday has made it impossible for me to get help for him. The only option is an emergency vet clinic, which I called on Sunday, only to find there was a 3-hour waiting period. With my restless dog, not an option. I've also been told it costs $400 to walk in the door.

So a friend who is a nurse practitioner, and who prescribes for her own pets, wrote me a prescription for an antibiotic, which cost me $4 at Wal-Mart. (Love Wal-Mart and their $4-for-generic policy!) I've also been giving him Benadryl. Still, he is worrying it constantly, and it is very shocking in appearance. We were both awake till three last night while he bit and chewed on it, and I tried to get him to stop. I am so glad I can go to the vet tomorrow. Why do emergencies always happen on holidays?

I was so worried about the dog today, I opted out of the traditional family outing to get ice cream at Chimney Rock. We did grill steaks outside last night with my sister and her husband, so I guess that was my Labor Day celebration.

5 Responses to “My poor dog”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    They are just like our children. we have a wonderful on call emergency vet. They will see you right away, no waiting. There is even one that will come to the house for $75. Hope your dog is better real soon.

  2. contrary1 Says:

    Ask around to see if you can borrow someone's collar for their dog....... The ones that make the dog look like he's in the circus. Plastic things, big enough they can't bite themselves. Works well while something is healing.

    I've only got them from our vet, not sure if they are for sale in pet stores???

  3. scfr Says:

    Yes, contrary1, that is exactly what I was thinking. They are called Elizabethan collars or E-Collars, and they do sell them at some pet supply stores. They prevent the animal from licking or chewing itself.

    I just did a quick Google search and here is a link on how to make a temporary E-Collar yourself:

    Don't know if those work .... I was wondering if you could use an empty milk jug (cut off the top and cut a hole in the bottom, or cut it up to lay flat and then make a cone out of it), if your dog is real small.
    Good luck!

    Please let us know how things turn out for him.

  4. starfishy Says:

    How is your dog - were you able to get a vet appointment today? I hope he heals quickly - sounds painful for both of you.

  5. Carolina Bound Says:

    He has been to the vet, and I'm very encouraged. He has an infection, but is now on a more powerful antibiotic and pain medication, and he obviously feels much better. He slept like a rock last night! He is also wearing an Elizabethan collar, which is a nuisance, but necessary to make him stop chewing on himself.

    It was about $358, but well worth it for both of us!

    Thank you all for your kind comments.

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