Friday, April 8, 2011


While out playing with our neighbor, our dear Gabriel sustained a painful injury.  She managed to snag one of her toes on something and pulled her nail back all the way to the quick.  For anyone who has had something similar happen (and who hasn't), you know how very painful it can be.

She was fortunate that it was an inside claw so she's not putting pressure on it when she walks.  But there was no way she was going to let me doctor it - not that I even knew what to do.  I'm very grateful that our vet was able to come out to the house within a couple of hours to take care of it.  She had to sedate her before she could work on it.

She had hoped to save some of the nail, but it bent too far back and she ended up pulling the whole thing.  I really had no idea what was underneath.  Although we've had dogs pretty much my whole life, this had never happened to them before.  So if you're interested, here's what your dog's toes actually look like...

She had plenty of sedation and pain medication so by the time the vet took the nail off, Gabriel didn't feel anything.  As I understand it, a protective coating will cover it in about a week and it will take 2 months for the nail to grow back.  In the meantime she's on both pain medication and an antibiotic to prevent infection.  Her paw is also bandaged up for the next 24-72 hours.

Poor girl, she's really out of it right now.  But that's far better than her feeling the pain of her injury.

She did come alert enough to take some more medication and eat some chicken her daddy fixed her, but you can see in her eyes that's she still feeling the meds.

It's just one of those things that happen (as we all know), but again I'm very grateful our vet made it out so quickly to take care of it.  Thanks Janine!

Until later...

I will praise you forever, O God, for what you have done. I will trust in your good name in the presence of your faithful people. 
 Psalm 52:9 (NLT)

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