Well, we’ve just got back from an excellent week in Dartmoor (a post of which should appear in a couple of days), but of pressing concern right at this moment has been poor Dixie. Before we went off, she had developed an ‘aural haematoma’ in her left ear, and a visit to our Vet had got her some ear drops and the hope that it would sort itself out.
It didn’t. And twice whilst in Dartmoor, we had to take her to a Vet in Tavistock to get her ear drained. She wasn’t actually ill and still ran around the moors quite happily, but the ear was starting to drive her mad.
So, on arriving home on Sunday evening we rang our own Vets again, and today she underwent a rather unpleasant operation to try and sort it out. Being 12 years old, they had to do several tests on her to make sure she was fit enough for a general anaesthetic – which she thankfully was – and they then proceeded to cut open and properly drain her ear, and finally sew it back up again with seven pairs of buttons….
Needless to say, she is now feeling rather peeved. And I’ve never seen so much blood. Every time she shakes her head, blood flies all over the place. In fact we’ve had to get the crate out to try and contain both her – and the blood – within a defined space. I can see me sleeping on the sofa for a couple of nights, too.
The buttons have to stay in for at least 14 days, by which time the ear should have nicely knitted itself back together again. And they’re not even colour coordinated………..