Moe Jackson Pug Has An Awful Owie
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|Tue, 08-21-2012 - 12:30am|
I had to rush Moe to the vet this morning. I had to wake him, and that is quite unusual. He was having difficulty eating his breakfast, drinking a lot of water, and hunched over as if in pain. When I checked him out, I discovered the left side of his face was badly swollen.
My vet was out of town. My second choice vet was also off today, but he had another vet filling in for him. Heck -- Moe HAD to be seen! Turns out he is an old, retired vet, and he has lots of practical sense and good diagnostic skills -- lots of years of experience give you those. It was determined to be an abscess that needed to be drained. Because Moe is a Pug, almost 12, and had eaten breakfast, he elected not to use general anesthesia and used only a local. Poor Moey came back to me at 1:30 with a plastic drain in his cheek, stitches, blood down the side of him, strong antibiotics and a syringe and fluid to irrigate the drain tube twice a day. The vet sais it looked like something bit Moe, and the puncture wound got infected. I have no idea how that happened. There were four Pugs here over the weekend, but they all generallly get along just fine, and Moe is a submissive wuss.
My 8-year-old grandson spent the night with me because his Mom is a single parent, a teacher, and teachers go back to work ten days beforfe the kids go back to school. He found Moe's post-op appearance a little frightening, but he helped me get Moe safely home. I tried to put the E collar on Moe, but it interfered with the bottom of the drain tube, so I confined Moe to the bathroom for the day.
I think Moe is doing OK. He looks pathetic.