Azule has to wear a cone. There was an incident, prior to the puppy invasion, where she and a couple of the pack reacted negatively to all the posturing and growling that our foster Twiggy has been doing. Never, ever have any of the pack, other than Callie years ago, started a fight. Twiggy was acting all stressed and I didn't react quick enough to remove her from the situation and as a result, Azule's ear was damaged. It didn't look too bad initially but the next day as I was cleaning it again, I could see the cartilage exposed across the base of her ear.
Before our vet visit, we had a bit of time so we stopped at a park for a little wander. Azule spotted some ducks in the water. (they are near the middle of the picture...trust me, they are there!)
At the vet's, Azule was calm and had little reaction to the shaver as I held her. That's one advantage of being deaf! She has numerous punctures around her ear and a significant tear across the base of her ear. The vet was able to put two staples in to hold it together and still allow for an open space for any infection to drain. Then Azule got the cone to wear. Which got me to thinking that she might enjoy a cone to eat.
I'm not sure what the sideways angle is all about here but she sure enjoyed the ice cream!
Once we were back home, she seemed to be feeling a bit sorry for herself and almost looked like she was pouting a bit.
|"Gotta wear a cone. Can't play in a cone."|
It's been about two weeks since this happened and Azule's ear is healing. Initially we were told that she might need surgery to close the gap but since it is healing so well, we'll continue with the cone and wait.
Azule has discovered that she can indeed play in a cone and can also chase butterflies, chew hooves and antlers too!
You may have noticed that there has been a lack of postings lately. There has been an unfortunate and extremely stressful situation that I am dealing with and therefore haven't really felt up to posting. I wrote this post about Azule's ear a couple of days after it happened and am just now getting back to posting. Rest assured, all of us are healthy and will remain together. That's all I can say for now. Thanks for sticking with us!