Ms Pea had some rashes on her tail and that was what she was moaning about all night. I don't know whether to laugh or to cry. Laugh probably.
Her tail is still limp and hanging down. It's obviously sore and she's not using it. It's swollen near the base and there are some red bumps and lesions in the area with a bit of pus. It's called pyoderma or "pus in the skin". That sounds horrid but Georgia's looks to be just an extremely mild infection.
In fact, you can hardly see the bumps at all in this picture.
What a cry baby!
This picture below, from the Merck Veterinary Manual link above, is [incredibly] labelled as superficial pyoderma.
I hate to think of what deep pyoderma looks like. Here's a description though -
"The hallmarks of deep pyoderma in dogs are pain, crusting, odor, and exudation of blood and pus. Erythema, swelling, ulcerations, hemorrhagic crusts and bullae, hair loss, and draining tracts with serohemorrhagic or purulent exudate may also be seen."
Good god. I'm very glad that's not what Georgia has!
She's now on anti-inflammatories and antibiotics and has been snoring away all afternoon. I'll also be continuing with her medicated baths this week, with special attention to her tail. She's going to be one unhappy puppy.
While at the vet's...
"Please PLEASE don't make me go on another diet. I'm sick."
"See? I just lost 20 kilos by putting my paws on the floor."
Thank you to everyone who followed our little story last night as it unfolded. I was very glad for your company!
When your dog gets sick in the middle of the night [not sick enough for an emergency dash, but sick enough to keep you awake] and you have no medical degrees hanging on your wall, you start to google for possibilities and answers.
Here's a condition I found which exactly described the way Georgia's tail was looking. It's called many things including cold tail or limber tail, and might be of interest to those of you who live in Very Cold Places and whose dogs like to go swimming in icy ponds. [You know who you are!]
Interestingly, although it's supposed to be a fairly obscure condition, our vet knew what it was and brought it up himself when he saw Georgia's tail. He'd apparently come across some cases while he was working in the UK.
There you go. Live and learn.
I'm looking forward to a nice peaceful night tonight. I hope you and your pups have one too :) x