Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sock hand-puppet girl


Poor little Louise. After recently driving an inch-long mesquite spike through her paw, and killing a snake earlier this week, she came back a day or two ago with a new cut. I treated it with peroxide but it continued to swell a bit and she limped a lot. I thought she had a thorn fragment stuck in her paw and I couldn't get it loose, so I took her to the vet for examination. Turns out, she had a fever and the "thorn" was a torn tendon extending from her cut that the vet snipped off (eek!). Then he put a goopy tar-like substance on the cut as a kind of poultice and attempted to bandage her foot w/ cotton, gauze and a blue stretchy bandage. After assuring him that the fight wasn't worth it because she'd surely remove it in the car, he opted instead to just wrap it in elastic bandage. So far she's left the sock puppet in place but I don't have high hopes to keep it dry once she's released into the wild. :)

You know, if it wasn't for the fact that we were trying to help her, I'd be sorta proud of her 60 lb. self fighting, wriggling, pushing and thrashing so hard that she outpowers 2 adult women and 1 adult man. My little survivor...

4 comments:

bon bon said...

poor baby, looks so defeated. get well soon, louise! you've got critters to keep at bay!

texwisgirl said...

Status update: Sock puppet bit the dust after 18 hrs - she removed it once she got outside this morning. But hopefully the stuff helped a bit from the outside and the antibiotics will do the rest from the inside...

TXBG said...

The vet cut off a piece of her tendon? Ouch!! Will it grow back? Do you know how she got cut or the tendon got torn? Poor Weezie ... :(

texwisgirl said...

She and Thelma were off in the woods/creek area for about an hour or so - came back muddy so might have been digging after a critter when she got hurt. Not sure.

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