Moe Jackson Pug Has An Awful Owie

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Registered: 11-01-1999
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.

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Registered: 03-20-2001
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 4:10am
OMG Gaye, he did all that without anestiesia????? Oh poor Moe,, he'll never go to the vet again for sure...... YIKES... poor baby,, hope he's OK. I reread,, at least a local.... could be a spider bite or a bee sting too.... Hope Moe's siblings are being extra special nice to him,,, when does the drain come out? Keep us posted ,,, what a scare,, gee your grandson will never forget his stay with grandma for sure... LOL
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Registered: 11-19-2001
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 9:29am
How frightening Gaye! And poor poor Moe! I'm glad that he's okay but wow! That is a lot going on!! How is he doing now??
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Registered: 10-05-2000
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 9:48am

Oh (((Gaye))) that sounds horrible. Poor Moe. Hope he's doing better. 

 

 

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Registered: 11-21-2001
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 12:33pm

OMG....poor {{{Moe}}}.  I'm so sorry this happened to him!  It's so hard for us to see our furkids hurting...I'm just glad that it was something that could be treated.  I hope he's feeling better soon......

Laura
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Registered: 11-01-1999
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 8:34pm

I confined Moe to the bathroom last night.  He woke me up, crying at 2:15.  I don't know if he was in pain or angry with me because he was not in my comfy bed with me.  But I got up and gave him the last pain pill I had, left from his eye surgery, and he went back to sleep until about dawn.  The bathroom was gross, with discharge all over the bedding I gave him, the floor, the wall and the door.

Moe was treated at a vet clinic other than our usual one.  And the vet who owns that clinic wasn't there yesterday, either. A fill-in vegt did the surgery. I have used this clinic before, and they are very nice, but more expensive than my usual vet.  They called me this morning and said that Dr. VanH, who owns the clinic wanted to see Moe this afternoon for a recheck.  I took him in at 3.  Dr. VanH took the drainage tube out and said that Moe was doing well.  I also got a prescription of Tramadol for pain control.  They charged me for only the meds.

They want to see Moe again Friday morning at 8:30.

 

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Registered: 11-01-1999
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 8:36pm

I told my grandson that I was actually happy it was an abscess, because that could be cured.  A cancerous tumor could not be.

 

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Registered: 06-27-2000
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 10:27pm
Owie, owie, is right, Poor Moe. Jester had his face torn up once by Lynnie, who wanted to checkout his squirrel, and as it turned out Lynn was a better fighter. The drainage tubes look a lot worse than they really are. and in a few days will do their job and be removed. It is a little Frankensteinish though, and I can see where a child might be freaked. Hope it all settles soon!

Barbara

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Registered: 06-27-2000
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 10:31pm

Tramadol's great.  Jester was on it for years for his SOL Feet, and now my podiatrist has prescriped it for me for my pain.  It takes the edge off and is non narcotic, and not an NSAID.  Stay ahead of the pain though, and give it on time. 

Barbara

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Registered: 11-19-2001
Wed, 08-22-2012 - 1:36pm
Glad to hear that the vet thinks Moe is doing better and the tubes are removed! And super happy that he has more pain meds! I just renewed Buzz's pain meds. I always make sure to have Tramadol on hand for emergencies even if he doesn't need it currently.
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Registered: 03-20-2001
Thu, 08-23-2012 - 4:33am
It sounds like Moe is doing better, since they took the drain out... hope he can be back to your bed for comfort now... poor baby (())
Really nice of Dr Van H to charge only for the meds..... keep us posted...

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