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Saturday, 10 August 2019

One fixed, and one (slightly) broken

(Possibly not to be read with food):   Yesterday morning I was cleaning Millie's tummy as usual when one of the sites where the skin had broken down extruded the most awful amount of pus and blood.  As I gently wiped it away with cotton wool I could see something blue . . . which lifted off to reveal itself to be a piece of suture material.   A little more cleaning and there was another piece, which I gently pulled, and pulled, and pulled . . .  and when it was all out I had a length of suture at least 4 inches long, and a hard lump which I think is a knot.



(the long bit was in one piece when I pulled it out, but broke up as I taped it)

Since then, there has been no more "muck" produced; the antibiotics are definitely doing their job and her poor little body no longer has to fight to try and rid itself of this foreign object.  There is still swelling underneath the scar but the angry redness is fading fast and we can see she is healing.



(still a lot of healing to do, but so much better than 24 hours ago)

The Honourable Lady M. is DEFINITELY feeling better, the zooming around yesterday afternoon in the garden was a thing to behold - if you could keep track of where she went.  The garden is definitely going to be a very different place in future and only the toughest and most robust specimens will survive!  We thought Millie was a speedy zoomy kind of girl before, but I suspect she was only operating at 75% - 80%.

The ears and eyes are also on the mend, and she's a very happy girl this morning.  Somewhat happier than Mummy, who has to learn - very fast - how to play safely with Lady M.  During a game this morning she came up to me at speed when I was bending down and her shoulder met my face.  It did not end well for me:  hit so hard I thought I was going to pass out.  I've got off lightly - a split lip and some swelling but my teeth seem OK (and she hit me hard enough that a wobbly tooth was a distinct possibility).  Maybe no photos of this particular drama!


It is NOT Millie's fault - both Management and I clearly remember having similar accidents with Ollie and Daisy when they were young and charging around.  All we have to do is learn how she plays & moves, and keep out of the way - not rocket science, just common sense.  Interestingly, my reaction to the collision was to crumble and just call for Management and Millie instantly stopped charging around and came and lay down near me.  So she is already in tune with me enough to know there's a problem, and to respond to it, we're really impressed for such a youngster to react this way.





18 comments:

  1. Dear Jayne
    You are certainly going through an interesting phase, what with Millie's scar and the yuckiness of the sutures. Hopefully all will be well again soon. Glad to hear you survived the collision and lovely to hear of Millie's reaction to be near you. I hope you'll be on the mend soon too. Life with a pet is a learning experience for all, isn't it?
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Thank you so much Ellie. I certainly learnt my lesson 🙂, and now have the perfect reason to curl up on the sofa with a good book for the rest of the day. xx

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  2. This little girl is certainly presenting you with a few challenges. No wonder her scar was all yucky with that revolting stuff still inside her - it's good to know you got it out and the antibiotics are helping the healing. Sorry to hear you've been in the wars too, though as you said, you can't blame Millie, and it's nice to know that she came to be near you after the collision - I hope you feel much better soon, and Millie too of course :)

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    1. Hi Eunice, not so much 'challenges' as learning opportunities! Never had a split frenulum before but it's ruddy sore, thankfully both Millie and I expect to heal quickly 🐶 🐾

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  3. Poor Millie. I have no words for the vet who did her spay! Thankfully you were able to pull out that suture material and Milly can heal quickly. Glad you are OK after the collision and Millie is obviously sorry for hurting you xx

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    1. Hi Eileen, our vet told me it is not unusual to use this sort of suture internally, even though he does not. Not knowing all the details I guess Millie was unlucky to react so badly to it.

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  4. Glad she is on the mend, we took our cat to the vets a couple of weeks ago, it's always a worry when they are unwell.

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    1. Thank you Marlene, hope you pusskins is better now. Sorry I have not been by Poppypatchwork recently, just not seeming to find time to do half the things I want to ☹️

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  5. I'm glad Millie has a clean wound now the suture material and pus has come out - it should heal in no time now. Poor you with that Millie collision! It sounds like she was concerned in her own way though. I'm glad to hear at least your teeth are intact and hope your lip isn't too painful. One day it will be something to laugh about - perhaps not just yet though!

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    1. Cheers Mrs. The rate of healing since the suture material came out is nothing short of miraculous. As for laughing about our collision - I know Ollie and Daisy both did similar to me in the early days, clearly it's a lesson I have to learn over each time! 🐕💛

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  6. It sounds like Millie is recovering quickly, thank goodness and I am glad you both survived the collision.

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    1. Cheers Terra, definitely recovering = energy levels increasing! I didn't think that was possible 😀😃

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  7. I'm so happy to read Millie is on the mend now and she is so very lucky to have you caring for her so diligently.
    Oops! to the zoomies crash. Hope you survive intact. X

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    1. Thanks Jules, but I am doing no more than you would. Sorry I've not been in touch, not enough hours in the day!

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  8. Sorry to hear about the infection and the collision. Hope all is healed forthwith. Took Ricco Cat to vets a bout 3 weeks ago because he was not able to jump up, we had a powder with supplements and anti inflammatories and now he is able to jump on the sofa again.

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    1. Hi Beverley, hope Ricco cat continues to make good progress.

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  9. The practise of doing subcut sutures in nylon was supposed to be phased out as some dogs have a reaction. glad she is feeling better - but I do advise investing in a full face mask not dissimilar to American Footballers wear!!

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    1. Kate, thank you so much for that information . . . obviously I don't know the details of the veterinary treatment she's been given, so I ought not comment.

      As for a helmet, we did wonder about the sort that cricket players use!

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