Anyone who has been around Storm knows how dangerous her tail can be. It's the perfect height to cause some damage to a very sensitive area on any man. Little kids' faces are right in the path of harm's way. And the damage she's done to herself when she's hit it against the wall is crazy. Every time she goes to the kennel she comes back with a bloody spot on the end of her tail from wagging it against the chain link kennel she's been in. When we came back from Florida it seemed a lot worse than usual. We did the usual wrapping it with tape and gauze, but she wouldn't leave it alone. Every time we went to work she'd lick and bite the wrapping until she got it off. This only made things worse because the tape would pull out huge chunks of hair around the actual wound itself until she had a giant bald spot above the already raw spot. She just wouldn't leave it alone and it wasn't getting any better after a week of being home.
I called the vet yesterday with a message about what was happening (we've taken her in once for this same problem a couple years ago). They called back as soon as they opened and I was able to get her in this morning. I'd already gone to work, so I had to run home and grab her. When I got home, the tail was worse than it had ever been. Without being too graphic, let's just say I could see bone :(. I knew it would make a huge mess in the car so I hurried and wrapped it loosely just to have something covering it. The vet and the vet tech took one look and said it was the worst they'd seen. When I told them how she just wouldn't leave it alone and what a problem it had already been keeping her away from it for a week, we all knew our only option as to amputate. They had room in the schedule to do it today, and she was done in about an hour. She's been fine -- tired and a little out of it -- but not at all concerned that anything happened. She's left the tail alone so far. They had to take it off pretty far up so it wouldn't keep happening and also so she wouldn't be able to reach it and lick/bite it all the time. Fingers crossed this solves the problem!
|At the vet waiting for the doctor to come in.|
|She was super thirsty when we got home. Her tail looks so tiny!|
|Another angle of the tiny tail|