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Poor Puppy!

August 13th, 2008 · 10 Comments

Poor Apollo!

About a week ago we noticed that he was licking his paw a lot. We looked at it but did not see anything unusual.

Then today he was licking it again, and saw that it was quite red under the fur on the top of his paw. We took him to the vet, who said he has an infection. It’s not hard to treat with antibiotics and topical spray, but it won’t heal if he keeps licking it. Hence, the lampshade. You can just see the red area on the top of his right front paw in the picture.

Apollo wearing his lampshade

Poor puppy takes it very well. He keeps bumping into things, but doesn’t complain about it. We can only take it off when we are watching him intently and stop him whenever he starts to lick. He has to wear it for a week.

Tags: Family Updates

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Donna // Aug 13, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Aw, poor Apollo. He should come and hang out with Holly, who is recovering from dental surgery. She was feeling so poorly this morning I took her back to the vet and they kept her all day. They let her come home tonight (with an IV catheter still in her leg,) but she is going back again tomorrow to spend one more day under observation. She is a little interested in the bandage on her paw, so I hope she doesn’t chew on it. If she does, she’ll find herself with a lampshade around her neck, too!

  • 2 Don // Aug 13, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Wasn’t it Spanky and Our Gang that had the dog with the collar like Apollo’s?

  • 3 Heather // Aug 13, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Poor Apollo!! Poor Holly! My goodness! It looks like Apollo is still at your house. When are they moving?

  • 4 Daryl // Aug 13, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Derek moved a week and a half ago, but Apollo is waiting until everything over there is just right and ready for him.

    He was thinking of going over today or tomorrow, but now he thinks he might be more comfortable at our house while he convalesces.

  • 5 Mom // Aug 13, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Why is it as hard as breaking into the vault? Why do we have to go to “Open Daryl’s Blog” after opening ” Daryl’s Blog?” Or am I the only one who has to go that round about method.? It was worth it, just to see pictures of Apollo. Poor baby!

  • 6 Daryl // Aug 14, 2008 at 10:15 am

    I think you’re the only one having that problem. I’ll come in remotely and see what’s wrong with your setup.

  • 7 Daryl // Aug 14, 2008 at 11:31 am

    I took him out for a bike ride last night and again this morning. When he’s running he doesn’t pay any attention to his paw, so he doesn’t have to wear the lampshade. Once we are back home and he has had a drink, back on it goes. He is so good about it — doesn’t try to avoid it when we put it on, or take it off once it is on.

  • 8 Daryl // Aug 14, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Donna, I guess oral surgery is a bigger deal than a slightly infected paw, so Holly wins this round.

  • 9 Donna // Aug 14, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    After 3 days in the doggie hospital, Holly seems to be much better and can stay home tomorrow. Her biggest obstacle is she’s 11 years old. That’s geriatric for a dog. At her age, this is the last time she’ll have this surgery. Can’t say the same thing about Apollo. Unless you’re brushing every day, he’ll probably need his teeth cleaned from time to time.

    From the sounds of Apollo’s behavior, I think you guys have a very good dog.

  • 10 Don // Aug 14, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    My friend had a dog that never needed it’s teeth cleaned. They bought bones once a week and he put them on the barbecue until they were “done”. The vet always marveled at how clean her teeth were. She died of other causes a few months ago.