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Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Poor baby . . .

Our Little Lady is in the wars . . .

Following on from our visit to Uncle John last Wednesday, you may recall Millie was suffering from ear mites on both sides and we came home with a bottle of drops.  I've been putting them in twice a day, and cleaning inside her ears as best I can and things are improving; she is no longer shaking her head and scratching at her head all the time.

You may also recall that I had John look at her spaying scar and he agreed it wasn't pretty, but would hopefully settle down.  Sadly that has not been the case, she seemed a bit subdued this morning but the tummy looked fine.  At lunchtime I was stroking her as she lay upside down and saw two blood-filled blisters had developed and when I started touching the area pus began to appear.  So back to the vet at tea-time 😞

Five days ago:



Lunchtime today:



John excised the two blisters, and cleaned her up very thoroughly.  His suspicion is that whoever did the spaying has used nylon sutures internally and that Millie's skin has reacted to them - not common, but not unheard of.  We have 5 or 6 places where pus is seeping out, evenly spaced exactly where sutures probably are.  So 14 days of antibiotics, instructions to keep the wounds clean and try to keep them open so they can drain, and confirmation that if I see anything which looks like stitch material poking out I can attempt to remove it.  The good news, and heavens knows I needed some, is that John's as certain as he can be the infection is in the skin, and not in the abdomen.

On top of that, just like Daisy, The Honourable Lady Millicent produces "eye jelly" and this morning I cleaned up her left eye and thought "bugger, that looks a bit mucky" but had decided to leave it 24 hours . . . events of the tummy kind over-rode that, so John checked her eyes and diagnosed very early stages of conjunctivitis which should clear up quickly as we have caught it so soon.

So my poor little girl is on three lots of medication and worst case scenario is if her tummy does not heal then John has warned me that a small surgery might be needed.



Today has been hard on many levels and whilst the last week with Millie has been hugely beneficial for me (and I hope for her), you don't get over moderate depression in 7 days.  Discovering the infection was not the only kicking I got today, and there may have been some libation of the medicinal kind with supper . . .







15 comments:

  1. Poor girl 😢 a blessing that she's now in a loving home with a devoted, if slightly stressed, furmum. Thank you for taking such good care of her. I have no doubt she will bounce back soonest and as will you 🤗 xx

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    1. Thank you Pauline. I don't see it is devoted, to us it is merely doing the right thing . . . but you'll be pleased to know she's still bouncy.

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  2. Sounds like you have an excellent vet and she now has an excellent owner. Here's to a quick and thorough recovery and a return to mad dashes around the garden which will brighten both your spirits xxx

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    1. Thank you sweetie, and good morning 🙂 Yes, our vet is brilliant and my only sadness is that he's the same age as you & I, and he will be retiring at some point in the foreseeable future.

      Mad dashes have resumed in the last half hour as we are all gardening today.

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  3. Poor Millie, healing thoughts winging their way to her and hugs for you Jayne xx

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    1. Thanks Eileen, healing thoughts much appreciated, and it is good to know that she now has a Team Millie rooting for her. 🐕🐾

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  4. Just got back from a house clean and saw your email so hopped over here dead quick. I'm sorry to read that all is not well with Millie, that spay scar looks a bit nasty. I hope everything clears up soon, including the eye, but we all know you'll take damn good care of her. Nice to know she's still bouncy though :)

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  5. oh, poor pretty Millie ... but how fortunate you were alert to her issues and caught things before they became 'big issues'- it sounds like you have a truly great vet which is a comfort to all of you- Olivia sends 'healing wishes' too-
    it is incredibly hot and humid here- our yards/gardens resemble jungles and the annoying gnats and mosquitoes are reaching the size to be saddled and ridden-
    the usual regards-
    barb

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  6. Dear Jayne
    Poor Millie indeed and you for all the extra worry this causes. However, I am sure she will soon be bouncing back to full health with such a caring family (and vet) looking after her.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  7. Poor girl, it may take a while to get her all over her poor care before arriving at Bag End. Hope she's on the mend quickly. Also, hope your days get better too.

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  8. Oh dear, that scar looks sore - poor Millie. She's probably hiding her pain well, as animals usually do. I'm sending healing wishes and hope that Millie gets back to 100% health very soon.

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  9. She has definitely gone to the right home - some one who cares, who sees, who feels for her, so although she is going through the wars - bet she is still so much happier than she was a month ago. These 'episodes' often confirm that you/she were meant for each other. Her body is adjusting to her new life - Lady Woofums lost her her fur in the first ten days or so, we had raging diarrhoea, itchy dry skin and a serious case of the nerves - all dealt with and it helped cement our care and love for her - and her love back :) hugs (I will reply to your email tonight my sweet)

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  10. Oh my, I do hope it all clears quickly & she can settle & enjoy all the love & attention you'll bestow on her. Take care & huugles to you both.

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  11. We are having to take Tivvy to the vets today as she is having eye trouble which she is susceptible to with having drop down ears> It's awful when they are suffering.

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  12. My friends - thank you for all the wonderful comments and good thoughts.

    Sorry I have not replied to each, but we've been busy, tired and computer-time always seems to be the first thing to go, which is not the end of the world, but there it is.

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