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!