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An Accidental Tail

I spent the first two nights after my surgery at my parents house.  The plan was to allow M to be able to work and keep the shop open and allow my mom to do nurse duties.  M would stop by after work every night after stopping at the house to let the dogs out and feed them.  On the second night I decided I missed my littles and wanted to come home.  After dinner we can back.  I was so excited to see my pups.  We let them out of their kennels one at a time since I couldn’t risk anyone jumping on me.

Last out was Devo.  He was so happy as usual, running around like a crazy man.  When he came over to me to say hi finally I noticed he had blood all over his back two legs.  I began to freak out.  What had happened to my little man???  M said he was fine before he had left.  So he told me to go sit down and he would investigate.  Of course the worried mother in me couldn’t just go sit down. So I start to inspect his kennel area.  The wall was covered in blood spots.  My first though, he broke a nail.  We had an issue once before while on vacation where he snapped a nail, but that is another story.  Nails checked, all ok.  So I grab a wet towel and start to wash down his legs.  No cuts, no scrapes.  Where was all this blood coming from???

We finally go to the last tip of Devo’s little body, his tail.  The tiniest little cut on the end was the cause of all this!  When he was wagging so happily he hit his legs and left the trail.  How do you take care of a cut on a tail?!?  We decided to try some gauze and sport wrap.  It worked for about 5 mins. 

Next we tried the pet skin spray, it’s like a glue spray.  Seemed to help. We taped a little piece of gauze on it and felt that was good for the night.  But in order to insure safe coverage I decided it was time to bring out the cone of shame. 

“Really, this thing again??”
Though not very happy about it, he obliged.  Took a little getting used to again.  Devo managed to crash into every wall, got stuck on the couch and almost knocked over my water from the coffee table. The plan was set.  It was good enough to last the night.  We would reassess in the morning. 
Morning came and with one wag of the tail, off came the bandage.  I had figured it had stopped bleeding by then so it should be fine.  One swap of his tail into the wall and I realized that wasn’t going to be the case.  I had to come up with something better.  I then remembered that I had bought some baby socks months ago when Bella was having some issues with her paws.  I had a spare left in the doggie box. I could just put the sock on his tail and tape it a little higher up.  It would both absorb any blood and protect it a little from knocking into things.  
The Magic Sock
He really didn’t seem to mind the sock on his tail.  In fact he didn’t even notice it.  We were able to take the cone of shame off and let him be.  I checked it later in the day and there was a tiny scab.  Finally I thought we were good to go.  A little while later and another thwap on the wall, it opened up again.  Who would have known such a tiny little cut could cause so much blood!! On went another sock, we kept this one on for a couple of days.  Devo and I both nursed our wounds together. After a few days his little cut is all healed.  No more magic sock on his tail.   

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