May 1st, 2012
Frenchies' Health Update
Posted by Ghenghis Khan
I want to thank all of you readers of The Daily Way for your concern about Francesca’s eye. I am posting the blog today because things have taken a turn for the worse. Now, even Sharkey has a problem!
1 I thought I would give everyone an update about the girls.
2 As you all know, Francesca has corneal ulcers in her right eye and has had to wear a cone to prevent her from rubbing and irritating the eye.
3 But now, she's not the only Frenchie in the house wearing a cone...
4 Poor Sharkey is also wearing a cone to prevent her from licking her injured paw!
5 Sharkey's dewclaw, which is sort of like a dog's thumb, had grown too long and it must have snagged on something while she was frolicking outside.
6 We dogs lick our wounds in order to clean them, but we have a tendency to lick too much, causing an irritation called lick granuloma, a type of sore, red lesion!
7 Sharkey's leg has also been wrapped to keep it protected while it heels. Her dewclaw actually had to be surgically removed because it was causing her too much pain. Poor girl!
8 Meanwhile, Francesca's eye has not been getting any better.
9 Dr. Jean Quaintance performed minor surgery on Francesca to aid healing.
10 She explained how, in order to protect the eye and heal the ulcers, she had to temporarily sew Franny's third eyelid shut. This third eyelid, called the nictitating membrane, is a translucent protective layer inside the eye.
11 Additionally, Francesca has many eyedrops to take. The wonderful ladies at the vet demonstrated on adorable Whiz, and showed us how to apply the medication.
12 Whiz was a great sport as they pretended to administer the lubricating cream.
13 While the staff at the Mill Plain Veterinary Clinic is very caring, the girls were more than ready to leave after their surgeries!
14 It's been a very trying time for both of the Frenchies. But dogs are pack animals and we always take care of our fellow pack members!
15 When they returned home from the vet, they were both groggy from the anesthesia and quickly fell asleep.
16 Poor Sharkey! It will take about two weeks for her paw to heel.
17 And poor Francesca will have her eyelid sewn shut for a whole month! That button on her forehead is where the stitches have been secured. It looks very silly, but it's no laughing matter!
18 I really hope the girls have a speedy recovery. It's been terribly slow around here.
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