Puppy Herder (ovalescent) wrote,
Puppy Herder
ovalescent

For the love of Pete...

For those of you who don't already know, Bob and I have a dog now! His name's Vinnie and even though he's almost full-grown, he's still a puppy.



Bob wrote about him here if you don't know the Supermutt origin story: http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=61613638&blogID=144814937&MyToken=f11f8eb6-7d74-4b25-96d5-84b5b627db62

Anyway, I took him into work today to get his paw looked at. It was swollen and red a while back, and at first I thought it was a "hot spot" or a flea bite that he'd been chewing on, so I just gave him a bath, washed his paw with some medicated shampoo, and kept an eye on it. Yesterday it looked like the skin was starting to slough off in spots, so we think he's probably been bitten by a brown recluse, or possibly a hobo spider.

I've seen the effects of these kinds of bites on people, but I don't know if there's any difference in the way they affect dogs. I can't help but think of the palm-sized wound Jeff Rowland had and wonder if they'll have to take off some of Vinnie's toes, or a chunk of his foot.

We've never found anything besides house spiders, wolf spiders and little jumping spiders around here, so I'm not sure if he got bit here or while he was at the kennel. It's like Bob said last night - hasn't enough happened to this poor dog? I hope he doesn't end up with a gimp foot to go with his gimp eye.
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