Monday, 13 July 2020

A quick £208!

We had a lovely time catching up with DS, DDiL and DGD. We watched her playing, having a bath and eating baby rice and homemade puréed pear. Once we came off FaceTime, we set to sorting out Ruby and noticed her running with her head cocked over to one side, shaking it vigorously. We thought she was trying to dislodge something in her ear so had a good look.

Luckily I had given her ears a good clean out during the week so knew it wasn’t wax. Couldn’t see anything, gave them a comb and she winced and started licking her lips, a sign of pain.

We deduced a possible grass seed. Managed to get DS back on FaceTime and he thought it possible as well. Phoned the out of hours vet, who also thought the same. He said we could leave it until the morning but it would carry on working it’s way in. As out of hours charge was a whopping £195 plus treatment, it was up to us.

There was no way we could leave her so went in. Unfortunately Sunday traffic was almost back to normal, delaying us and we missed our slot:( The couple after us was there (their dog had a potential broken leg poor thing), so we had to wait outside (not allowed in due to Covid 19).

After an hour or so the vet came out and we had no choice but to listen to their distress and cost of treatment for their dog - wow! Eventually their doped up dog was given back to them to be brought in for treatment the next day.

He double checked with us and took Ruby off, who promptly wet herself and was not over happy to go. After 20 minutes or so, he phoned us. Yes, it was a grass seed, pressed up against her ear drum and already causing damage and pain. She had been as good as gold he said, and brought her back outside, with said seed and 3 painkillers.

He told us, despite the expense, it was the right choice as by the next morning it would probably  have gone through her ear drum, resulting in a middle ear operation!

18 comments:

  1. Blimey! Good job you caught it in time before it did further damage. Poor Ruby. Betty likes to roll in long grass. Dogs and cats - expensive but couldn't be without them.

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    1. Guess we will check her more carefully from now on. Burdock burrs will be the next thing. She gets covered in those.

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  2. Poor Ruby - it sounds very nasty. Thank goodness you get it sorted straight away but - ouch, that bill!
    xx

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    1. We will put a claim in and hopefully get most of it back.

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  3. Oh Ruby...but you're so worth it!! x

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  4. As a human we know how painful earache is. So pleased it was sorted and she's on the mend.

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    1. She seems fine. Just had her second pill and is asleep.

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  5. Ouch, for Ruby, and your bank balance. So glad that you managed to have her treated quickly to save more pain for her and your purse.
    Hope she's back to her usual self now.

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    1. She seems fine, has mostly stopped shaking her head. We were completely in a tizz and were glad to get home after two hours to a hot cup of tea and cake. It was getting chilly standing outside.

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  6. I don't understand your reply to Joy, how can you put a claim in?
    As an aside, some childless neighbors had titanium knee replacements done on all four legs of their elderly Alsatian. I believe the cost was many thousands of dollars. They said they considered it a gift to themselves.

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    1. Most dogs over here are insured. You decide how much you want to insure them for, for treatment etc. You then chose how much excess you wish to pay for a claim. Once a bill for treatment, with a few exceptions and neutering/spaying, goes over £100, you can claim the difference between cost of treatment and your policy excess. If they agree we will get 3/4 of the cost back in this case. Hope this helps.

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  7. Poor Ruby, thankfully you got her sorted quickly.

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    1. First time but probably won’t be the last, blasted things.

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  8. Poor Ruby. I am glad you caught this before any more damage could occur to her ear.

    God bless.

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    1. So were we. We had savings so used them.

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  9. Oh gosh, caught just in time, it's a good job you didn't wait. It's very upsetting being at the vets and seeing everyone else's consultation going on on the doorstep while you wait isn't it.

    We had to sit in our car and listen to a couple say their final goodbyes to a beautiful elderly dog who was then taken inside to be put to sleep, we were both almost in tears ourselves. It was all I could do to hold it together while I explained Suky's problem properly.

    I'm so glad Ruby is going to be okay.

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    1. Unfortunately it is the way just now isn’t it.

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