Three weeks ago I had to put my darling Gunnar down during exploratory surgery. In early summer he was diagnosed with cancer in the sinus area and was given a very short time to live. Sure enough, he worsened to the point where he had trouble breathing and was continuously oozing "stuff" from a hole in his forehead. Many times he would bump his nose and have terrible nosebleeds.
Two weeks ago, Daisy had a bleeding skin growth on her belly surgically removed. The vet said it was noncancerous. hooray! She has other skin 'tags' that the vet said not to worry about. Here she is on her way to the vet's office. Not very happy, is she?
After the surgery, to keep her from chewing on the stitches, the vet suggested using an Elizabethan collar or a tee shirt. I know how much she hates wearing the huge plastic 'milk jug' collar, she bangs into everything and cries all the time she's wearing one so I opted for the tee shirt. Doesn't she look stylish?
She wore this shirt for ten days and then I took her back to the vet to get her stitches removed. She seemed to like wearing the shirt and the stitches healed nicely. Everything looked great.
Then, this Sunday she developed a continuously bleeding nose. It was just a little trickle but she'd sneeze blood spatters over everything. Yuck!! Come Monday morning, back she went to the vet's office. The vet said that she either has a severe allergic reaction or she has been exposed to something lethal like rat poison! I can't think of anything that she has come into contact with so I'm hoping it's allergies. She has been losing her hair in places too but I thought it might be from wearing the shirt. The vet gave her several shots and I have to give her pills for the next week or so. Hopefully, this will clear it all up.
I am at a loss! Why is this happening to us now? My dogs have always been very healthy, besides the occasional infection. Just as a random thought, is it possible that Daisy is getting sick like Gunnar was? I have always given my big dogs water in the plastic buckets that cat litter comes in. Is there any possibility that this could have leached poisons into their water?? Please send prayers for Daisy. I am so worried about her.
There's blood on my nose - song: Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed, artist: David Bowie, album: Hunky Dory