Saturday, October 27, 2012

"Degloved" Dog Tail... Helpful H....

So let me tell you what can happen if your toddler decides to open the house door and let the doggies in... you know... being helpful and all.... he is such a big boy after all....
 
H decided to open the door and let our dogs in the house... well... that's great and all... I really appreciate his help... BUT.... not when he decides to shut the door reallyyyyy fast when our 89 pound, 9 month old MASTIFF is running in the door....
 
This is the scene moments later at our house... except I won't show too many pictures of all the blood but let me tell you that it looked like we had murdered something in our house! There was blood almost up to the ceiling in some places...
 

Yes... this is the tip of our mastiff's tail...
 
H shut the door on her tail... she was running the house... the door jerked into the door frame... almost 2 inches of her tail is "degloved".... 
 
For those of you who don't know what "degloved" is, I don't recommend googling it unless you have the stomach for it... I'll save you the time of looking up what it means by telling you the definition according to Wikipedia...
"A degloving injury is a type of avulsion in which an extensive section of skin is completely torn off the underlying tissue, severing its blood supply. It is named by analogy to the process of removing a glove."
 
There was nothing but bone making up the tip of Bay's tail.... no skin, no muscle... nothing but bone & blood...
 
Blood on the walls... the carpet... the couch... the kitchen cabinets...the fridge...  (our carport door which is what was slammed on her tail opens into our kitchen)....

 
So of course daddy was at work with no cell reception while all of this was going on...of course blood continued to go everywhere while I gathered supplies needed to clean and bandage her tail... plus trying to keep a 3 year old little boy out of my way... all of this together = Mental Breakdown....
 
Of course I let her back out that door later after bandaging her tail so I could have a moment to continue to clean the blood off of every surface in our house, only to realize that she took her bandage off her tail while she was outside.... When I called her to come back in what's the first thing she comes in contact with....my car....Of course the bleeding hadn't stopped completely yet


 
Soooo since this was Saturday at noon, we didn't have a vet to call... to stop the bleeding I had to use flour (really good home tip for stopping bleeding right) - BUT of course I didn't HAVE any flour... Making a phone call to Mamaw was the only option at this point... "MOM HELP!!! H SHUT BAY'S TAIL IN THE DOOR AND THERE'S BLOOD EVERYWHERE!!!!!"
 
So after what seemed like 10 hours of bandaging, mopping, Clorox wiping, and scrubbing everything around the house.... we have a bandaged tail...

 
First thing Monday, Bay had a trip to the Vet... They chopped off a few inches of her tail and stitched up the end with 2 big stitches....


Can you imagine the "fun" we've had trying to keep her from tearing out her stitches.... 
 
Bay goes back to the vet on 11/5 for removal of her stitches... let's hope my mind still sort of functions by that time....

So once again... my life with a toddler gets alittle.... interesting....

1 comment:


  1. With the holidays coming and guests expected, it seems an appropriate time of year to discuss the dreaded and feared subject of Nail Clipping.

    If done incorrectly, it can be bloody, messy, and stressful for everyone.

    Always, it's a good idea to get your dog used to you touching his feet and getting his toes manicured. This is best done when the dog is young, so you can build trust. Always speak in a calm voice and give a reward when you are done.

    It is best to clip nails where there is a lot of light. To begin, separate the nail you are beginning with (with your fingers) from the rest of the "pack." When you are looking at the nail from underneath, you will notice a groove that runs along the nail from the tip to where it disappears into the paw and pad. Near the tip you will notice that it is grooved the deepest, creating an almost empty hollow. For safety sake, and to avoid the emergence of a stream of blood (although harmless), just clip the tip off. The quick is nonexistent in the deeply grooved part of the nail.

    A couple things:

    1. A dog will not bleed to death when you cut the nail too short. It looks bad, but relax, it will stop.

    (Can a dog bleed to death??: "Only if the dog has a bleeding disorder like vonWillebrand's disease. Normal dogs will stop bleeding on their own.

    It is not the end of the world if the nail gets cut too short. Even the professionals (groomers and vets) cut them too short fairly often.")

    Some homemade hints to stop the bleeding:

    * Cover the bleeding nail area with a napkin or clean, soft cloth to stop the blood from getting everywhere. Get a small bowl. Fill it with flour, baking soda or corn starch. Remove the napkin then dip your dog's bleeding toe into the bowl. Hold it for a few seconds. Take it out. The bleeding should stop.

    *Compress the wound with a paper towel and apply pressure. Rather than squeezing the paw, apply pressure on the wound toward the paw.

    *Apply ice to the area over the paper towel or rag. Make sure your dog is comfortable during this time because it could take a while to stop the bleeding entirely.

    *Dip your dog's nail in a tablespoon of Styptic Powder. This is a type of antiseptic that contracts the blood vessel back up into the claw.

    2. Remember: If the nail is white, it will be easy to see where to stop clipping -- just above where the white meets the dark part of the nail.
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