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!

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I thought I would give everyone an update about the girls.

1 I thought I would give everyone an update about the girls.

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.

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.

But now, she's not the only Frenchie in the house wearing a cone...

3 But now, she's not the only Frenchie in the house wearing a cone...

Poor Sharkey is also wearing a cone to prevent her from licking her injured paw!

4 Poor Sharkey is also wearing a cone to prevent her from licking her injured paw!

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.

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.

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!

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!

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!

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!

Meanwhile, Francesca's eye has not been getting any better.

8 Meanwhile, Francesca's eye has not been getting any better.

Dr. Jean Quaintance performed minor surgery on Francesca to aid healing.

9 Dr. Jean Quaintance performed minor surgery on Francesca to aid healing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Whiz was a great sport as they pretended to administer the lubricating cream.

12 Whiz was a great sport as they pretended to administer the lubricating cream.

While the staff at the Mill Plain Veterinary Clinic is very caring, the girls were more than ready to leave after their surgeries!

13 While the staff at the Mill Plain Veterinary Clinic is very caring, the girls were more than ready to leave after their surgeries!

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!

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!

When they returned home from the vet, they were both groggy from the anesthesia and quickly fell asleep.

15 When they returned home from the vet, they were both groggy from the anesthesia and quickly fell asleep.

Poor Sharkey!  It will take about two weeks for her paw to heel.

16 Poor Sharkey! It will take about two weeks for her paw to heel.

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!

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!

I really hope the girls have a speedy recovery.  It's been terribly slow around here.

18 I really hope the girls have a speedy recovery. It's been terribly slow around here.

Comments (24)

  • Oh No!..so sorry for you two..thank goodness you have a very good vet...and you have G.K. to watch over you...take care my dear little frenchies...love, Cora-Belle

  • Dear G.K.
    thanks for the update. Poor pups. Mimi had a Boston Terrier when she was a girl & Mitzi needed to have an eyelid sewn shut with buttons,too! But way back then they didn't have those great cones, only a cone made by the vet.
    Sharkey, what a major owwwie! Girls, you must be careful outside.
    We have ducklings! It was kind of hard to count them. I think there are five. They're cuter than the goslings.
    I was snooping around yesterday & was about to put my mark on the chives. Well, Mimi didn't like that & when she shooed me away we discovered an Easter egg the children missed! Tossed the candy, washed the plastic egg.
    That's all from East Central Illinois for now. I'll check in later to see what's going.
    Your Pal,
    Rebel

  • Sharkey and Francesca,

    I hope that both of you are over the worst, and headed for a swift and healthy recovery. I will be thinking of you. GK you take care of the girls. Martha mom I will be thinking of you also. I know all too well how much moms can worry.

  • Good morning son,
    That is sad news about the girls. I hope sewing Francesca's eye shut will help her. And isn't she battling Lyme disease also? Poor little thing.
    As for Sharkey, I bet that hurt like crazy. We chows get out dewclaws removed when we are only about 5 days old so we don't have to worry about getting them caught. While Sharley was sedated, the vet should have just taken the other dewclaw off too so there was no chace of her getting the other one torn down the road. I wonder if the vet injected B-12 around Sharkey's wound. That would help heal it too.
    Well, GK, it looks like you will be doing a lot of the chores by yourself for a while. Take good care of your sisters. They need you now.
    I will check in later with everyone.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • What terrible news, F&S! Please heal quickly and return to normal, girlfriends! Everyone loves you!

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Thank you GK on the update on the girls. What bad luck they are having. I caught my dewclaw on the back steps and boy did it hurt. I had blood all over the place. Daddy fixed it up right away and then a visit to the Vet office. I had to bandage my leg for about two weeks; I should say Mommy and Daddy bandaged it up. Now as for the eye, I haven’t had that done; bet that doesn’t feel good. Putting my paws together for you two. On the bright side, GK doesn’t have any problems. By the way Sharkey, I too lick my itchy spots too much and I have the “cone” on again to keep me from getting sores. I can only take it off when I am with Mommy or Daddy.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Ahhhhh, our poor dear little Frenchie pups! what on earth is going on? GK thanks for being concerned and reporting this...unfortunately a dew claw can cause many injuries and pain.

    Please forgive me for laughing when I first saw Sharkey with a cone on. It's not funny just a bit comical, I thought maybe she wanted to wear it so Francesca would feel better...I know not funny, I'm sure you understand how it looks. ;-)

    Yes, sewing the eyelid really helps, I had that done to a foal when she injured her eye(her moms long tail hit her in the eye)

    I'm so sorry Sharkey and Francesca that you girls have to go through this! all will be fine, I'm sure...as prayers are being sent out. :-)

    G.K. take care of them, stay close and keep on showing your doggie love!

    Love you all,
    delia & Kitty =^,!,^=

  • GK....I am so sorry to hear about the girls. I hope they both have a speedy recovery. Me and mom will say some prayers for them. You are a good brother to be taking care of them.
    I got into a bit of trouble this morning :( Mom had some new azaleas planted in the yard. I by accident i broke one this morning. It was huge and the whole thing broke right off to the ground. I didn't mean to. Aunt Denise was pulling into the driveway and I got so excited to see her ( I didn't see her for 3 weeks) that I jumped up and BAM it just broke. Then I decided to play with it so I carried out into the middle of the yard and that's were mom found it. She didn't yell though :) I think she is cutting me a break since I just got home.
    And, last night I saw the biggest bird ever. Mom said it was a hawk but I don't know. It was HUGE!!!
    I tried to get it but it was way up in the tree.

    Well, off to take a nap before mom takes me out in the yard to practice what I learned in boot camp. We go see Lily and John again tomorrow. I heard mom say something about John coming to my house to do a couple of classes here too. That should be interesting :)

    Hope everyone has a great day and GK make sure you keep F & S in good spirits!

    Chloe xx

  • Hello G.K.,
    What a great brother you are G.K. The girls will need a lot of "cc" time and I know with you and Laura and Uncle Carlos while Mama Martha is working,the girls are in good hands. I had a Boxer dog when I was young who caught his dewclaw on a fence and had to have it removed. Never saw so much blood in my life. At least both you girls are coneheads together. G.K., it will be a difficult job tending to the patients but we know you can do it. Corneal scratches are very serious. When Basil was a young pup he was playing with Sage (our black lab) and scratched her eye. Luckily not on the cornea. Take good care of your patients. Lots of "cc" for them.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Hi Girl Friends, &G.K.+Glue Squad, Gosh, there sure are a lot of sad things going on and Thank God we do have the Glue Squad and we do send our prayers to all of our friends-animals and humans. GK, you are a special, young fellow who is doing a great job protecting your sisters and I will call you Dr. G.K.! It is going to take a while for them to get better and I know you will do all you can to help them. Sure hope all of our other friends are doing well! Kirby, sure hope your itches go away so you don't have to wear a cone, too! Lynn, forgot to tell you that we live in Des Moines, Washington that is about 15 miles south of Seattle-sure hope you are doing well today! Sure hope everyone has a good, safe day today! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hi G.K.

    Oh, those poor girls! Wearing a cone is no fun at all and having surgery is even worse! I do hope they recover quickly so the three of you will be fit and ready to enjoy the summer!

    I'm sending poodle kisses and healing thoughts to the Frenchies!!

    love,
    Finnegan

  • Hi Mr.G.K., Francesca, Sharkey, Lynn and all the glue squad,
    Poor Frannie and Sharkey!! Hope you both feel better soon. The eyelid being sewn shut for Frannie should help it heal quickly. Mom has seen it done before for dogs and cats. Sharkey's paw must be very sore. maybe the girls can take naps together and plan a Cinco de mayo or Derby Day party??
    We are so glad and happy to see the regal G.K. reporting on the girls. I had my back dew claw nails clipped yesterday at the animal hospital and let out a yell because it scares me. they grow so fast. maybe I should be brave like our Prince Basil was so many times. Off to take another nap before looking at the Derby horse coverage!! Hugs to the frenchies, Corabelle, Chloe, Rebel, Zoe and all our friends- Abby the french pug

  • I'm back.....
    I forgot to tell Lola that having two places to live at is alright. I do too. And I bet you enjoy it when you are at each place. You are lucky to have a secretary to post your comments. I try to do mine myself but if I can't, Karen does them for me.
    I had to laugh when I went back to yesterday's blog when I read that Rebel ran into the closet to sleep by the wooly socks. Why bnot just jump into bed and crawl under the covers? If they yell at you for being in bed, just tell them your sleepwalking is getting worse. hehehehehehe
    Chloe, you just got out of Boot Camp. When you comment, you tell us what you did wrong. Play it smart. Tell us some things you did right, That way in case your mom reads it, she will see you are trying. Don't worry Chloe, we will try to keep you out of trouble. Hey, you could tell your mom that you think Rebel's sleepwalking is contagious and that you have it now and you pull those plants out when you are sleeping. Just a thought.....
    OK, I am going out on the deck till it starts raining again. Poor Doc Kirby Bear, having to wear that darn old collar again. Sorry buddy. I hope you get to take it off soon. Pretty soon the whole Glue Squad will be wearing them.
    Later,
    Maddox
    PS - Hi Lynn, how ya doin'

  • ..back again, first off. I salute you, Chloe, on your lnadscaping job...you were just trying to help...I used to do that all the time...I had my dew-claws removed when I was a youngster..guess what everybody..I will be 16 on May 16..so a sweet 16 party is in the works...Lucinda says i get something special everyday till my b.day..today is was new lite weight collar..don't need the old heavy duty one..I used to wear it because I could break my collar off when i was chained (don't worry about the word chained..I was under the old apple tree for about an hour a day spying on everything..I loved it and that way I couldn't run around the farm/ranch and do naughty things when no-one was looking..which i did a lot but i would run as fast as I could and snap the collar and take off..see I told everybody I have no manners!))I love it..sporty green and yellow and blue..everybody have a good day..I need to get outdoors..the sun is shining over and out Cora-Belle

  • And one more thing.....I forgot to tell Little Lola and Gran, thanks for sharing about your home. I had thought you went to daycare every day at Gran's. That must be fun to have 2 homes like Maddox. Gran spoils you I bet. Cora Belle, 16, I can't believe it. Too bad the Glue Squad can't all be there to throw you a wild party. At 16 you deserve whatever you want. You will have to keep us informed on the special daily treats.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • You poor babies! We hope you'll be feeling much better in a few days.

  • Enough Already Frenchies! So sorry to hear the latest update on your health. Gran said she might have to take some of that Pink PepDo stuff. Sometimes when Gran hears upsetting news her tummy gets upset. For goodness sakes GK take care of yourself. Your love and attention will be much needed and appreciated by the Frenchies. Diddidle, you are absolutely correct Moms and Grans do worry when their loved ones are hurting. It's all part of being a Mom.
    Maddox, you always post helpful ideas, like the B12 shots, will have to remember that one. Also I am glad you understand my 2 home situation.
    GK, I know you give Frannie lots of kisses but could you have one of the humans give Frannie a rub on her back for me? I am so worried about that eye. Hugs to you Sharkey, hang in there, hopefully the week will go fast for you. Chloe, you are a hoot! Little troubles just come your way don't they? We would get along just fine if we ever met. Takes one to know one :) About those nasty hawks. Watch out they can be very mean. About a year ago Gran was working at the kitchen sink and happened to look out the window when she witnessed a giant hawk swoop down and nab one of the black squirrels and fly off with the poor thing. Gran flew out the back door screaming but it was too late. Pop said it was an act of nature. So watch out for those mean dudes. Gran said I don't need to worry about getting nabbed because I'm too fat.
    Love and Peace
    Little Lola

  • OMG no laughing matter indeed.

    What is happening to my love bugs!

    Poor things!

    G.K. certainly looks very concerned about his sisters. I am too!

    My thoughts are with you two... Be well, follow doctors orders.

    Love you both!

    gail

  • Oh girls, I am so sorry you are having a rough time right now! I am a big Martha fan, but I like your blog more than hers sometimes. You have such eventful lives on the farm! Get better soon! GK, take good care of your sisters! Hugs, Carol

  • Dear G.K.,

    Thank you for this update. I am SO sorry your sisters are going through such a rough time but it is good to know they are getting the very best of care. You are a sweet brother to stay close by and look after Franny and Sharkey. Bless their hearts; I hope they both heal quickly so they can get out of those cones!

    Please keep us up to date on the girls' recovery,

    XOXO to all,
    Poco

  • Whoa what's going on kids? I go away for a day and now Sharkey's hurting too? I'm having problems with the blog today, it won't let me view the photos. The icon on the address bar is flashing going crazy. I know you two are in the best of care. G.K. what a good brother you are to watch over your sweet sisters.

  • Oh dear. Well, my mom says that when it rains it pours. I guess it is pouring right now on my baby Raven and her sister Sharkey. I sure do hope that the operations turn out to have the outcome we all hope and pray for.

  • Poor babies! I feel so bad for them and can sympathize with Sharkey and her painful toe. I have a problem with a recurring ingrown nail even after surgery. The nail just won’t grow right. I wish I could come over and keep both of you company. I'm a very good dog sitter - my neighbor's dog had to wear a cone and I went over and stayed with her while her mommy went to work. I hope you two will be frolicking again very soon. Love 'ya.

  • My poor Mr. Lou is currently coned with a button sewn over his eye as well! Hope Francesca healed beautifully. It really is an odd way for them to handle the situation. I think there is a need for designer cones & buttons - that's right up your alley Martha! ~ Dee

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