It’s after midnight on Friday night and I’m blogging because I am awake. I am awake because I just returned from the Emergency Vet with a very big vet bill and a very doped up Piper.
After our afternoon playtime today, I noticed Piper was licking blood onto her feet. I tried to examine her tongue for the slice I assumed she had in it, but was unable to find anything. Having experienced the “lick blood onto paws” scenario in the past, because border collies are INSANE and frequently chomp their ridiculously long tongues, I wiped her paws with a damp rag a few times and wasn’t overly concerned.
Except the blood kept coming and at about 9pm she threw up a large quantity of blood. I called the vet, who told me that she probably was throwing up blood she had swallowed and to get her to drink some cold water and keep an eye on her. If she threw up again, I should bring her in.
45 minutes later she threw up a puddle of blood almost as big as she is. I tossed her in the car and whipped down to the vet, who could also find no cut on her tongue. He was worried she’d gotten into rat poison (seriously? AGAIN?) but wanted to put her under and check more carefully … because as we all recall, Piper *hates* The Brown Guy vet and wanted very much to bite him for looking in her mouth.
An hour later, he called and said I could come get her.
Piper had somehow punctured the lingual artery in her tongue, on the underside at the back of her tongue, and was slowly bleeding to death down her throat. JESUSCHRIST. Can this dog NOT catch a break? We were playing Dumbball with a … well a BALL. It’s rubber, and soft. I have no idea what she punctured the freakin’ underside of her tongue on. She required two layers of stitches, and IV fluids because he said she had lost so much blood she’d almost gone completely white.
So now we wait, because it’s a very awkward place to stitch and could easily open again. I am afraid to go to sleep tonight! She also got an injection of Vitamin K to help clot her blood and has to go back tomorrow for another dose.
My poor, wee girlie. I don’t know why all the Bad Things happen to her. She’s such a teensy little thing, and such an obedient, try-hard little buddy, it breaks my heart that she keeps suffering these terrible accidents :(
Please think good thoughts for my Princess of Power. She’s having a rough go.