Pepper needs healing vibes

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  1. smkie

    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    WE had a very close call last night. I heard the raccoon messing with the empty feeder around dark, but figured it had seen there was nothing to eat and moved on. A few hours later Pepper blink blinked her morse code to tell me she had to go out. I put the leash on, opened the door stepped out and she shot towards the feeder so fast the leash was ripped out of my hand. 5 seconds later, everything went wrong. The racoon ran away, but she had run down there with such force that she broke the ceramic bowl I had out for my one wing one legged cardinal and it cut her so bad. I ran in with her and blood was everywhere. I ran to the bathtub and rinsed it off, but it was coming out so fast I grabbed my robe and applied direct pressure. I brought her to the sofa to try to get a better look, but I just coulnd't really see it well and the bleeding was bad so I knew I had to get pressure back on it, so I had no gauze or tape, so I took one of my grandson's diapers, cut a strip where the velcro taps are and put that snugly over it, then I held her leg above her heart, cradling her against me. WE stayed that way until the sun came up. I had 2 grand babies that were suppose to come at 9, Hyia is not feeling well and had to stay home, so my plan was to go the vet by my Mom's which opened at 7 30 am. I dropped off Hyia at my son's and told her to tell him to meet me at the vets if I was not back before he had to go work.

    I knew there was no way I could wait at the Humane society with both babies, one almost 3, the little girl is one year, nor did I want to drive the long way to Independence holding on to the dog with them in the truck,. . The vet by my Mom's knew me because I took her old beagle there to have pts when Mom broke her hip. I told her Mom would let me use her credit card, and she remembered Sammy so they took her in. i prayed it wasn't as bad as it looked, abut it was worse. What I thought was visible bone, was severed tendon, and she cut a major artery. IF I hadn't kept pressure on it for 4 hours I don't know what would have happened, I might have lost her. If I had known it was that bad I would have taken her to the er vet. By the time I changed the dressing on it that I had made out of the diaper, it had stopped bleeding but it looked ghastly I didn't think I should put anything on it yet because I didn't know how bad it was. I didn't let her have anything to drink or eat, in case she needed surgery which she did. . I didn't let her even shift, we held so still, I didn't dare doze because I was afraid it might swell with the bandage on, so I was checking it every few minutes to make sure her middle two toenails stayed in line together and didn't' separate. THe vet said I did everything right, and the diaper bandage was a good idea because it did what needed to be done. She has lots of stitches, a very long splint that goes above her elbow, which she will have to have on for 6 weeks. I take her in Monday to have the dresing changed, and later to have the stitches removed, but the splint has to stay on to make sure she doens't bust open that artery or mess up the reattached tendon. The tendon is the one that runs up to what I call a false thumb, I don't know what that is called. So hopefully it is not going to do permanant damage. When they say things can go bad so fast, it is so the truth. All of this happend in about 10 seconds.:(:(:(:(:(:( It hurt her so bad, she is finally asleep in her chair, ate a big dinner and drank. I carried her out to her private place for elimination, and she must have held it all day, because I didn't think she would ever stop going. She has sad painful eyes, and I am so very sorry. I had no idea that racoon was still out there, nor was I expecting her to shoot out like a cannon ball. She is my best leash dog, she heels and minds better than Victor does so I was not expecting her to do that.
     
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    Oh my gosh, how scary! You are such a diligent owner, staying awake to keep pressure. What a lucky girl she is.

    Hope Pepper is feeling all better in no time!
     
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    Vibes smkie, I pray all will be ok.hugs
     
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    (((hugs))) and super vibes that she heals fast. I'm so sorry smkie - it doesn't sound like you could have prevented it and those situations are so hard.
     
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    oh no! Thank goodness you acted so quickly and so wisely--sending Pepper nice, quiet, calm, relaxing, healing vibes. And a big ol' backrub massage to you.
     
  6. smkie

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    it's not over her elbow like I thought it was, it just seems awfully long. I am to keep her quiet, so we will be very close for awhile, and luckily so far she doens't seem to want to chew it but I am not going to take my eyes off of her.
     
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    poor poor baby. Sending you and her the best vibes I can send.
     
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    Poor Pepper! And poor you! Sending lots of vibes for Pepper and hugs to you. Fingers crossed for a truly boring (but fast) recovery.
     
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    Aw poor Pepper and you. :( I hope she is better soon.
     
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    WOW that is scary, but man did you do a great job with the first aid! She is lucky to have such an awesome owner.

    Tons of vibes for a quick and uneventful recovery.
     
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    Oh dear... How scary :(

    Vibes for Pepper and hugs for you!
     
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    Ouch pepper!!! Get well soon!
     
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    VIBES for a speedy recovery!
     
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    Oh no! Its amazing how quickly things can go bad. It sounds like Pepper is in the best hands. Good luck and tons of vibes for both of you
     
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    Pepper, I'm sending lots of healing vibes as well as gentle kisses & hugs your way. Smkie, hugs to you too. I'm so glad you knew what to do which saved her life. I'm in tears and just so glad to hear she's on the mend.
     
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    Poor poor Pepper.
    Huge vibes heading her way.

    You must have been so scared :(
     
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    Cali Mae Little dog, big voice

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    Sending lots of healing vibes! I can't imagine how scary that would've been, although I have been in a situation somewhat similar... but there wasn't a way to stop the bleeding. Always very scary to be in any situation like that. She is very lucky to have such a diligent owner, that's for sure.
     
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    I thought we might sleep on the sofa, and then I realized she might try to jump down so we made a pad of blankets on the floor and stayed there. She did ok last night, and is resting this morning ok. She must have scared that raccoon good because he didn't come back last night. Thank you for the well wishes.

    There seems to be birds nesting in the fire wall of my fireplace so she has entertainment for her resting.

    I never took a job using my emt license but I am still glad I studied and passed the test. THis is the third time what I learned was good to know.
     
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    So I take out her pain med...drop it, she grabs it and down it goes before I can get that apparantly ymmy tablet back because she was only suppose to have half every 12 hours. Panic..call the vet, and was told she will be ok. A little drowsy, but ....no more today. I think i am just about to my edge. Have had to adjust to a 3 yr old and a one year old full time all week of learning how to BE NICE to the animals. Do NOT pull the cat's tail. Yesterday with hurt dog. Friday was easier than Monday. Hopefully next week will be more so. In the mean time..I can hear Grammy tell Pepper Heal! So that is what I am telling her.
     
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