Zoe cut the artery on her front right leg

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  1. Scooter

    Scooter New Member

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    I haven't been on here in a while, but had the biggest scare of my life. Was out walking Zoe two weeks ago, when I noticed her licking her paw. Then I saw blood, and a lot of it. I snatched her up (not easy with a 58 pound dog) and raced her to the animal hospital (why do these things always happen on the weekend!?) My daughter sat in the back with Zoe with a towel wrapped on her leg to keep pressure on it.

    She had to be anesthetized and had stitches. The doc said it was the second worse laceration she'd ever seen, and 20 more minutes of bleeding we may have lost her. My heart about stopped at that.

    My husband, who had been 2 hours away when this happened, went searching later for what cut her and found a broken bottle on the path. I'm glad we found it so no other dog could get hurt.

    She is fine now- got the stitches out on Saturday, and has been running full speed chasing squirrels and birds again.

    Oh...and I now have pet insurance. It's something I've been putting off for 3 years, but learned from this experience!
     
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    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    I would have been scared to death! THank goodness you got help in time. I am glad she is all good now.

    I pick up glass everytime i find it. IF i can't carry it to a trashcan i lift a big rock or put it some place where it will not be in traffic and step the sharp edge down into the dirt. WE spend alot of time in the creek and glass is an issue with me. I am afraid if i do not do anything with it my dog will be the one to step on it.
     
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    Unfortunately most of our paw cuts were from broken bottles . Make me so mad !!! Our creek for our dogs to use !!! I'm sorry this happened to you too .
     
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    Thank you all, so much. I now keep my eyes peeled for any sharp debris on our walks, and pick up what I can.
     
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    THat is why i love the dog beach at the off leash park. THere is no where else i can take Mary to water that isnt' full of broken bottles. I really don't understand people at all. Even at the valley where i like to let them run and there are two trash cans right there but people throw them on the asphalt. THe trash cans are all of 6 ft away.
     

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