Hi friends! I’m pleased to let you all know that Diggs is doing well post-surgery from his broken nail injury. I tried to write this all as one post, but to be honest, it was just too long. So for now, we’ll start with what happened at the vet’s office.
Diggs was seen first thing on Monday morning, which I’m incredibly grateful for. I’m sure it helps that we were there as the first staff member pulled into the parking lot, but that’s not really the important part of the story.
Our vet, who I honestly adore, was concerned that the angle of the break in his nail, seen here, would continue to splinter and crack as his nail grew back in if we just removed the broken gross piece. Additionally, Diggs probably wasn’t going to come anywhere near ANY of us again if we removed that broken part while he was awake. Let’s be honest, even removing his bandage resulted in some crazy eyes.
So, I made the decision (with a phone consult with Zach) to put Diggs under to do the nail repairs. As a healthy adult male, the risks seems minimal, especially in light of how traumatic it was going to be for him to be awake. We decided that the nail continuing to break during the extended healing time of 6-8 weeks probably wasn’t ideal either, so the vet cut it short. Very short. And cauterized it. Yes, I found and still find this idea to just be sickening, but I swear, I think this was the best choice given the circumstances.
The good news is that the break wasn’t as bad as we initially thought! Diggs got to keep a lot more of his nail than we expected, which is a very good thing in my book. I’m more than a little bothered by the visible quick, but I’m trying not to think too much about it.
While he was asleep, the vet also cleaned his teeth. They haven’t been cleaned since we adopted him, although we’re making slow progress on at-home brushing, and given the state they were in when we adopted him… I’m not sure he’d even seen anyone about his teeth.
The vet also took a look at the problem he’s been having with extra fluid from his male parts, although she also thinks that’s not even really a minor concern. She suggested betadine flushes if the problem persists, although I think convincing Diggs that we’re not going to hurt him is going to be a challenge. We’ll tackle that problem once his toe heals all the way though.
In summary, he’s on the mend. Hurray! He was quite sleepy yesterday evening, but was able to eat and drink somewhat normally. He slept through the night and had his first round of pain medicine and antibiotics this morning, so I think we’re off to a good start.
Have your pets ever injured themselves in a mysterious way? Were there any ‘surprises’ over the Thanksgiving weekend?