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Does this make me a bad mommy?

I have two furbabies, as I’ve mentioned SEVERAL times.  If you’ve missed me talking about my girls, I think you need glasses.  Or need to learn how to read.  Seriously.

Last night, Josie (the almost 8 year old Yorkie) started acting FUNKY.  It was a sudden personality change, so it had me a little worried.  She did not sleep on the bed with me like she normally does, but chose to sleep UNDER the bed.  This is odd, she is ALWAYS right next to me when we are in the bed.

This morning when I woke up, I had to drag her from under the bed.  I figured she had a poop stuck in her hair by her butt, ya know?  She acts a little weird when that happens (cause she’s a Prissy girly girl ya know).  When I got her out from under the bed and turned over so I could look at her butt, I almost freaked out.

Her anal glands were swollen and she had been chewing/licking on one and most likely rubbing it on the carpet.  It was red, raw and bleeding a bit.  I put some Neosporin on it (my cure all ya know?) and headed to work.

When I got to work, I got out the phone book and started making some calls.  The vet just across from my apartment complex could not see her until June 5th.  Are you kidding me?  My baby’s butt is BLEEDING!!!!!

I hung up with them and called another one, that is around the corner and a little further from me.  They could get us in tonight at 4:45.  I took the appointment.

I had some paperwork to fill out, new patient and all, when I got there.  Once I was done with that, we were taken back to the room.  The vet assistant came in immediately and took Josie away.  This is when, for those who follow me on Twitter, I freaked out and Twittered that I could hear her whimpering and crying as they tried to “express” her anal glands.

The vet and the assistant came back in with Josie and informed me that her anal gland on the right is infected and there is an absess there, which is what she was chewing and licking.  This explains the bleeding and rawness of it.  The absess is as hard as her little tail nub and has to be lanced.

I can’t do it tomorrow, since I have to be at work at 7am and they do not open until 8am.  But I will be dropping her off early Saturday morning for her procedure.  She has to be put under for this to be done.  They will lance it and leave a gaping hole in her butt so it can “ooze” away into nothingness.  Ugh.  I feel sick to my stomach.

We came home with antibiotics, which I started her on immediately and some pain killers.  I also got a head cone for her for after Saturday.   When I’m there Saturday, I may end up with another cone for Chloe.  When the cone is on their heads, Josie won’t be able to lick her own butt and Chloe would not be able to get to Josie’s butt.

I spent $88 that I barely have on a credit card.  Saturday’s procedure will most likely cost me another $100 bucks because of the drugs to put her under.

In order for this to absess, I was told that her gland had to have been full/swelling for quite some time.  Does this make me a bad mommy?

Until next time…

6 Responses to “Does this make me a bad mommy?”

  • usedtobeme says:

    You’re not a bad mommy. My dog had infected anal glads, but hers didn’t swell up so I had no idea until one day she was laying on the floor and it got all wet (from seepage. GROSS!)

    I took her in and they had to drain them. They never did swell or anything. I had no idea because her behavior didn’t change or anything. Don’t beat yourself up. It happens.

  • Slobokan says:

    The same thing happens to politicians, only we’re not allowed to lance their asses.

    Glad Josie is going to be okay. 🙂

  • Mel says:

    Uh, first, EW….

    and, second, it’s not like you’re looking up her butt every day.. how would you know?

  • Jen says:

    Of course you’re not a bad mommy! 🙂

    I’m sure some politician’s assess have been lanced – we just don’t hear about it!

  • Melissa says:

    It’s surprising how something like that can go by unnoticed! Don’t feel badly about it…it happens to the best of us. She’ll be feeling tons better very soon!

  • jane says:

    I’d like to do a little more to a politicians ass than just lance it.