Emergency Trip to Vet

Remember that broken nail from yesterday?  Well, it got worse this morning when Riley jumped from one couch to another.  Our house looked like a crime scene with blood everywhere.  So instead of going to the vet at 1 PM for our scheduled nail trim and anal gland appointment, we had to bump up our appointment and go at 10:15 this morning.  At first they thought they were going to have to cut the nail off above the break and would have to sedate her for that.  Then after the vet got a good look at it, he said it could just grow out.  Riley’s on antibiotics and pain pills for it.  I tried to get a good picture of it, but I couldn’t…  It’s her left most nail.

It’s on the inside of her left most nail.  Luckily she had licked up all the remaining blood by the time I took this picture.

Well, you can’t see it very well, but it has like 3 different cracks in it going about halfway up her nail.  I also learned how to express Riley’s anal glands today.  The vet said that some dogs may need it done more often than others and that you can usually tell if they need to be done by feeling of the glands to see if they’re full, and if you smell a really foul odor, and if your dog is scooting their butt along the ground a lot.  Some dogs may never need it done and others need it done every month or so.  Riley’s weren’t very full today because about 2 months ago they were packed to the max when they expressed them.

Apparently there are two ways you can do this…externally and internally.  Internally is more effective, so that’s what they showed me how to do.  I had to stick my gloved finger in her butt.  I wouldn’t say Riley was happy about it but she tolerated it.  Anyway, it STINKS to high heaven!!

Riley says “I was NOT happy about that!!”

Nails & Glands…Such Fun…Not!

I took Riley to the vet’s office today for a nail trim and an anal gland squeezing.  Lots of fun…or not.  She weighs 54 pounds, so is good on that front.  Once again, they told me her nails were already short (it’s been like 2 months since she had them trimmed last) but that they trimmed the tips off anyway.

Now onto the anal glands…  I’ve tried to empty them before but can’t seem to get the procedure down.  I’ve even watched videos online about how to do it but I’m still unable to do it.  The tech told me that her glands were VERY full but that all the fluid looked normal.  I told her I can’t for the life of me get them squeezed out myself and she told me they could show me next time.  Phew.  They said Riley was a good girl in back, so that’s another “Phew!”

Riley’s all nice and pretty to go to the nursing home again Friday!  I’m looking forward to going and I’m sure she’ll be more than happy to go.  Sorry for the nastiness of the post!