Hello, everyone! Welcome! C’mon in and get comfy. Don’t mind the mess…our cleaning lady had a bit of an accident so she’s been off for about a month. We’re picking up the slack, but not as well as she does! I *did* manage to do the dishes, so if you wander into the kitchen for a snack, there is nothing in the sink. Also, I made sure to stock the fridge, so feel free to grab a bite. Stay as long as you like. As I said, I did some cleaning so you’re welcome to wander ALL around the place. Oh - and feel free to turn off the music so you can read in peace. Or, if you're an 80s fan like me, turn it up!
Ok, ok. So I'm officially in the running for Worst Pet Caregiver in the Universe. *sigh* BUT...it's not entirely my fault (or so I will continue to believe)!
As you may already know, The Dog had some minor surgery two weeks ago. All went well and when the vet called, she said the stitches should come out in about 10 days. Today is the 10th day. SO...I decided to save myself the $23+ for the office visit and remove the stitches myself. No biggie...I've done it with The Girl. Easy Peasy...or so I thought!
The first set of stitches were on The Dog's hip. I took them out yesterday and all went well. I waited another day for the ones on her head...just in case. This afternoon, I took them out. They came out pretty easily and all looked great. I took The Girl to gymnastics. When I got home, The Husband was home. He said nothing about The Dog. Then, The Dog came in the office. The Boy screamed "OMG, GROSS!" and proceeded to act as though he was about to vomit. (He's a bit of a drama queen.) We look at The Dog and see she has split the top of her head back open.
Blech! SO...we do what normal, responsible pet owners do...we wrap her up.
She is not so much a fan of the headband. I thought it was stylish! Here she is begging me to remove this stupid thing before the other dogs see her and start to laugh.
I took The Dog to the Emergency Vet (which is very much like a regular vet but their hours are 6pm - 8am). They looked at her and, $140 later (remember - I did this to save $23 or so) fixed her right up...but not without some minor sedation.
The vet had said she was giving The Dog something that would be as if she'd drank a 6-pack but they were also giving her a reversal dose. I don't think the reversal took because she is groggy as all get out and hysterically funny to watch (not that we'd watch and laugh...because that...that would be WRONG)!
So now The Dog has, instead of the two stitches in her head, four staples. This time, I am taking her to the vet to have them removed (for free)!
BUT...I'm not finished. I kinda have a gripe here with the Emergency Vet people. We got there at 6:30pm and were the ONLY clients there. The receptionist got our info, played with The Dog for a bit, weighed her, and took us into the examining room. Then, we WAITED...I'm not kidding. It was maybe 10 minutes before the Vet Tech came in. She took The Dog's temp, heart rate, etc. Then, we waited AGAIN for the vet. By now, another client had arrived. Still - when we were the only ones here, why weren't they faster? Is this a game they like to play? I know the vet and tech were in the back chatting because we saw them and they even commented on The Dog's fashionable headband.
After the vet came in to the room and told us what she was going to do, I asked her for a time-frame. We had not had dinner yet and I needed to plan accordingly. She told me 10 - 15 minutes max. We left the office 45 minutes later. Now - when the vet first said 15 minutes, I was shocked. I even said to The Girl, "Wow - I thought she'd say an hour!" Obviously, I'd have had no problem with an hour - but don't lie to me!
So, my gripe is twofold. First off, why make us wait when we were the only patients there, and secondly, why tell me we'll be out in 15 minutes when it will be closer to an hour. Had she said 45 min in the first place, I'd have been totally OK with that but she didn't. WTH?
At least The Dog is feeling better...I think!
ETA...it is NOT a sanitary pad on The Dog's head. It is a large square of gauze. I'm LMAO that so many of you thought it was a pad!!