A Day at the Vet

Poor Vulcan. Last Friday he was being an excited idiot and prancing around on the lawn, he always behaves like that before going for a walk. When he finished and stood on the road, his front foot seemed to be bleeding, so we went on our walk (he seemed OK) and despite having a bit of bleeding overnight, it appeared he had just torn his toenail.

Since it still seemed to be causing him some discomfort, I took Vulcan to the vet yesterday. To the vet’s surprise, after sedating Vulcan to remove the remains of the toenail, the toenail wasn’t torn at all – Vulcan had in fact broken his toe – the very tip, with the nail and nail bed attached, had broken completely off.

He required sedation and a bit of anesthetic, wasn’t feeling to good last night but seems OK today and much more comfortable. Despite losing some of that toe, I’m sure he’ll be fine.

It is tempting to think that a torn toenail is not a big deal and just ignore it (Raro lost both of his dew claws with no problems recently) but if you have any concerns, the dog is in discomfort, or things don’t seem quite right, visit your vet. Don’t rely on advice on social media from people who haven’t seen the injury.

Update: removed the bandage today (48hrs later), looks very tidy. Now we just have to make sure he doesn’t lick it.

5 Dogs on the Beach

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We’ve had visitors for the past couple of days, which means that since we are fostering Brooke Davis with our two boys, we had 5 dogs in the house. All perfectly behaved and not a hint of any problems.

Achilles is almost like a twin to Vulcan, only quite a bit larger, and Zeva is very clingy and interactive.

Our guys didn’t mind the company, since they get the sofas and nobody else does, so they can lie around and watch the others changing beds all the time.

From left to right: Zeva, Vulcan, Brooke, Achilles, Raro

Achilles

Vulcan met Achilles at the GGGW at Mt Maunganui.

 Achilles is slightly larger than Vulcan, and the same beautiful blue brindle colour – though Vulcan has more white on his front and being older (he’s nearly 9 years old) has more white on his muzzle, too. 

Both dogs have problems with corns, Vulcan has 2 sore feet at present.