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the problem with Cooper

July 1st, 2010

So, it’s been almost 3 weeks since the incident in the park, where the dog bit off the end of Cooper’s tail, causing him to have a partial tail amputation and all of us to have three weeks of misery so far.

It’s just not healing.

The vet warned us this would likely happen. Particularly with waggy dogs, the tail gets so much abuse. And in Cooper’s case too, he’s found a way around both cones (he’s wearing two!) and any bandages I put on. He’s got it down to a science. I turn my back for a second, and he’s pulled off any scabbing that’s had time to develop.

I then put on the polysporin to clean it off, and give it a loose bandaging so the salve can have a chance to work. In two or three hours, we go through it all over again.

The problem is that the bandage prevents healing. But leaving the bandage off means I have chance to get to him before he hurts himself.

And I’m particularly worried because the next step is likely going to be another surgery, to take more, or all, of his tail. And then we go through it all over again.

Nothing deters him, not smelly stinky stuff, not bad tasting stuff, not the 16 inch cone that has to be worn outside of a smaller cone because it’s meant for much larger dogs than Coop. And he’s on a sedative and two pain killers. And he’s still miserable.

So it looks really bad. And I’m really stressed. I had a few bad nights of seizures this week, and not surprisingly, some stomach issues and a migraine. It’s all stress related, I know. And I haven’t gotten all that much sleep either.

I’m probably taking him into the vet tomorrow. Although I’m terrified of what they might say, I feel like this cycle is only hurting Cooper. I’m worried about how much damage he’s done to himself. And I feel totally and utterly helpless.

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9 Responses to “the problem with Cooper”

  1. Jadielady Says:

    I’m so sorry for what you’re having to go through with Cooper 🙁 And I know you’ve been worried that they might have to amputate the whole tail. Well, let me introduce you to Tripsie.

    Tripsie was born with a stub for one of her legs. Much like Cooper (except not as self inflicted) it just wouldn’t heal. So they amputated it. Now, she didn’t own me at the time, so I honestly don’t know how rough of a period of adjustment she had… but ever since she’s come into my life nearly 3 years ago she’s been as normal as any cat could be. Sure, she can’t jump onto the kitchen counter, but I see that as a good thing. And yes, she runs in a slight curve instead of a straight line. But I find that hilarious.

    Point is, she gets around great without that 3rd leg. The best thing of all? She still tries to scratch her head with it.

    So.. don’t be afraid that Cooper won’t be waggy anymore if they do amputate his tail. Just watch out for it being his entire butt!

  2. yilt Says:

    aww milt, i’m so sorry cooper is still having such a hard time, and by extension it’s affecting your health. 🙁 even though the vet might not have the solution or ideas that you want, hopefully he’ll have a plan that will lead to some sort of recovery. still sending lots of love your way. xoxo

  3. Amy Says:

    So sorry to hear he is still having problems. Knowing nothing I say can make it all better, but there are lots of us in blog land thinking of you and your furry kids and wishing you all well!

  4. Jamie Says:

    Hugs. to everyone!

  5. kingshearte Says:

    What Amy said.

    Also hugs, like Jamie said.

  6. Roxanne Says:

    Oh dear Amy. Sending lots of gentle hugs for Cooper and for you too…sorry you’re so stressed. Hopefully things will get better sooner rather than later and the vet gives you a good solution.

  7. neeuqdrazil Says:

    I’m so sorry, Amy! All of my love to you and Cooper and the rest of the family.

  8. adriene Says:

    Poor Cooper! I’m so sorry things have been so difficult. I’m hoping the vet will have some brainwave as to how to keep him off his tail, but… maybe the surgery is the best thing. At any rate, I hope Cooper gets out of this painful time soon, and that you do, too!

  9. rj Says:

    Oh, I’m so sorry about this. I’ve had cats with emergency surgeries, and they came out fine. Poor Cooper. Poor you and the rest of the family. I agree — hope your vet is as canny as the one my cat went to.

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