Sunday night, March 20th, Nova got hurt. It was already a rough night. I was sick and Topher was teething, majorly.
I was taking the dogs out for a quick potty break before bed. It was dark and the dogs all ran ahead of me into the yard. Nova started crying. She ran over and sat by my feet. I bent down to pick her up so I could set her in the grass, but when I touched her I felt my hands become wet and sticky from large amounts of blood.
I ran her into the house and set her on a towel in the bathtub. I was very thankful I had a pet first-aid kit put together in the other room. I grabbed it and went back into the bathroom. I really hadn’t looked at her wound before that point. When I looked at her belly I saw a large area of thick flesh hanging down. I then realized my first-aid kit was lacking one thing… a Nova sized muzzle. Luckily for me she seemed to be frozen in a state of shock. She never attempted to bite. I unwrapped several gauze pads and carefully lined her wound with them. I then wrapped her belly with Vet Wrap and put her in a crate. While I was doing that, Justin was calling the emergency vet clinic to let them know he was coming in with her.
I wasn’t there, but according to Justin, Nova greeted the vet and his staff with happy tail wags. The vet then unwrapped the bandage I put on her and she got a little nippy. They had to muzzle her. Justin came back home a little while later and the vet stitched her up and cared for her through the night.
It was a very long night, with little sleep. In addition to worrying about Nova, Topher was having a rough night. He cut 3 teeth that night.
Justin headed back to the emergency vet clinic around 7:00 that morning to transfer Nova to our regular vet’s office. Our vet checked her over and okayed her to come home.
The next several days came with a lot of around the clock medications and bandage changes. We have to keep her crated to keep her activity level down and to keep her away from the other dogs and kids. I know she’s sick of being shut in the crate, but right now it’s necessary.
She’s healing really well. She had a drain in her to keep fluids from building up and that was taken out on Monday (March 28th). She’s scheduled to get her stitches out this coming Monday! We’re all definitely looking forward to her stitches coming out so she can reclaim her spot on the dog bed, next to Nacey.