Warning: this post contains bloody pictures.
This morning when I opened the back door to let the dogs out, it took a few minutes for Sedona to come out of her doghouse. When she emerged, she was a bloody mess. After my initial reaction of "holy crap!" I realized she most likely had an abscess that burst.
I raced down to the barn to feed the horses and muck the pasture. Then I raced back to the house and got the goats their bottles of milk. Bear and Bella are speed demon drinkers - one bottle, empty, 60 seconds. Then I loaded Sedona into the car and drove an hour (well, I got there in less than an hour...) to the vet's barn. I was at his gate at 7:30. He confirmed that it was an abscess and after cleaning and shaving the area, he saw puppy bites. I'm guessing they were eating manure, then playing, and Kersey gave Sedona a love bite loaded with bacteria.
I picked up Sedona after work (she had to be sedated, local lidicaine wasn't cutting it for her) and brought her home. She is recuperating in the mud room and seems pleased with her digs. We have to keep the area very clean and wait for it to stop draining. In the meantime, she is on antibiotics and I have to hold a warm compress on the area twice a day. Fortunately, she loves the warm compresses. She leans into the wash cloth and closes her eyes. The drains and stitches will come out on Friday or Saturday.
Poor puppy dog!