Sunday, July 6, 2008

scout, the $1000 dog




so, in the beginning of june we had dog trouble. it was pretty scary for a while there. long story short: one day he had a small cut under his eye. looked like he scratched it on something. no big deal. less than 2h hours later, he has a boat load of bleeding sores on his face and feet. this is, of course, at 5:04pm. the emergency vet gave him an antibiotic and allergy pills. the next day it was EVEN worse! his face was swollen and he weeping sores were everywhere...face, nose, ears, feet, belly, back...you name it, he has either swollen bumps or open wounds. we couldn't even love on him and he had to be confined to the kitchen/mud room b/c he was bleeding all over the house. our vet saw him and said (after they tested him for what could have been a fatal disease) they suspected and auto-immune disease like lupus, but only the biopsies could tell. he was put on steroids (which made him have accidents in the house) and heavy duty steroids. two weeks go by and he is healing. the lab results come back. no lupus. instead, he has allergies and was an itching fool. he must have scratched himself a cut and then contracted a VERY bad bacterial infection. shut up! it's true!

so, over $1000 later (good thing i am teaching summer school), he is finishing up his antibiotics in another week or so and will be on allergy pills in the spring and fall (a whopping $4 for a 400 count bottle at sams -yesssssssss!). he is on the road to recovery and we are all so very thankful! he may have some scarring on his nose, but that's cool. everyone knows scars make you look tough and give you character!

the photos above do not even do justice to how bad it really looked. he looks like the images you see in horror movies. his eyes were so swollen shut and bloody that it looked like they had been gauged out. gross, i know. the bottom post is pre-craziness.

anyway, he is back to normal and we love him (to quote abby) "SO SO MUCH!"

11 comments:

stacey311 said...

omg....poor thing, Glad to see that he will be ok :)

MichelleSG said...

Oh poor baby. I'm glad to hear he's on the mend. Our fur baby;s can give us some serious stress when we can't figure out what is wrong with them!

Amber said...

OMG! You must have been fuh-REEKING out! Poor baby, I'm so glad to hear he's on the mend...no animal deserves that kind of pain and suffering! {{{HUGS TO JEN AND JEN'S BABY}}}

Dawn said...

Awww- Im glad he's doing better!! Its no fun when fur babaies are sick!

Jennifer Buck said...

I'm so happy that everything is ok...although really sorry about the dent in your wallet! Dang! That totally stinks! Poor guy! I missed it....do they know what he's allergic to? TFS!

Carla said...

Scout is a lucky puppy! Glad he is on the mend and that he will be around for a long, long time.

Karen said...

So glad you got answers. And not heart breaking news...looks like something you can deal with. A big hug for you and your dear dog!

~*Michele*~ said...

I am so glad Scout is doing better! Thanks for updating us! Didn't you know anytime there is "extra" money something works it's way into the budget...shut up, it's true :)

croppin carla said...

OMG poor baby....so sad to see that face and all those sores......but Im glad that he is back to the rd of recovery......poor thing.....HUGS

Niki_Meiners said...

poor guy

Kim Gasper said...

Oh, poor, sweet punkin'! So glad he's on the road to recovery!