Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bernie And His Toe

Last Tuesday (just before Tutu's troubles), I brought Bernie (the rabbit) to the other vet at Dr Doom's (didn't want to stress Bernie in a car ride). He had chewed off his nails on his back paw which then got infected (2 toes). With rabbits, an abcess is baaaaad news. Long story short, the vet removed the nail bed of one of the nails but couldn't get the other one out. He was prescribed antibiotics.

Today, I was supposed to bring him back for a follow up but after the bad experience with them and Tutu, I decided to bring him to my regular vet who proceeded to remove the other nail bed (it was still infected and pus filled) and cleaned out the wound. Since he also has some nerve damage to that foot, causing the foot to buckle and him to drag his wound on the ground, I asked if he could device something to help prevent that (the other vet couldn't think of anything).

After some thought, he proceeded to make something like a "cast" which allows the wound to breathe and for me to spray antiseptic on it while keeping it protected from being scrapped along the floor or being chewed by Bernie.

Hopefully we have filled the quota for vet visits for a long time to come! And most important lesson learnt from these 2 experiences, stay away from Dr Doom!

I can't see what the heck was done to my foot but boy, does it feel a whole lot better
Doesn't Bernie's foot look like it is wearing a rugby player's helmet? The cast has hardened and I plan to leave it on, even after the wound has healed, at least until the fur grows back...that is if Bernie leaves it alone.  :)

38 comments:

Katie Isabella said...

I know this is a strong word, but this is GENIUS! What a super idea he had! That will WORK! By the way, Bernie's coloring is gorgwous. He is beautiful. (a boy should only excuse me for calling him beautiful!)

Old Kitty said...

Awwwww beautiful Bernie and your little toe all in a gorgeous pink bandage and helmet! Awwwww!! Please get better lovely Bernie! Yay for the second vet's ingenious idea!! Take care
x

Hannah and Lucy said...

What a clever vet to make Bernie a "toe tector" shoe to let his toe heal.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Fuzzy Tales said...

Oh, well done to this vet! Too bad about Dr. Doom--sad to say, there are a few too many of them out there, both for non-humans and non-humans. That cast is brilliant and we hope it stays on and does the trick!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Nice going there Bernie. Let's play some ball. purrr.....meow!

~*Connie*~ said...

I so totally love the toe cast.. "not dr doom" is dr awesome!

Finn said...

Oh, this is a lot of vet visits! I hope his foot is feeling better. I agree with you on it looking like a rugby helmet though :)

BeadedTail said...

That's a great idea for a little cast! We hope Bernie gets better soon! Boo Dr. Doom!

Nerissa said...

You know... I wouldn't be at surprised if that 'cast' doesn't become the latest in fashion statements!

Marg said...

Wow, your regular vet is the very best. What a great bandage thingy for the rabbit. No more of that darn Dr.Doom. I know just how you feel about going to the vet all the time. Sure glad Bernie could be fixed up. Hope he doesn't chew it off but even if he does, you probably can figure out some way to get it back on. He will probably leave it on long enough to heal fairly well. Well done.

Brian said...

Poor Bernie. I hope that paw heals quickly. Hooray for your Vet!!!

Molly The Wally said...

Oh Tutu and now Bernie... may they both be back to full health soon.
Best wishes Molly

Kjelle Bus said...

Poor Bernie :(
His foot sure ook like a rugby players helmet :)

ABBY said...

Dear Bernie
Now he is going to heal and what a stroke of genius from the Vet.
(the good one!)
purrs
>^,,^<
♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥

Mariodacat said...

Awww your poor footsie! I hoped it gets all better soon,

Willow said...

That was quite the ordeal with VETs when it rains it pours so now good purring vibes for no more trips.

The Island Cats said...

Bernie, that's a pretty cool looking bandage you got there! We hope your foot heals quickly!

Nola said...

That's genius! Hope he feels better soon
Dachshund Nola

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

I'd say Dr. Doom is HISStory! Bernie looks verreh comfy in his little bootie-thing.

Between him and Tutu, you've had quite a couple of weeks. I hope you all have smooth sailing for a long time now!!

The Cat Guy said...

YIkes, stay away from Dr. Doom!! I hope the healing goes well.

Laura and Taffeta Rose said...

Yay Bernie! Yay Tutu! Yay Dr. Awesome! We will keep purring for Bernie and Tutu - and that effurybody stays healthy for a while.

Laura & Taffy

Oui Oui said...

Your vet is a very creative guy! We hope this is the last you have to see him for a while, anyway. Poor Bernie, that must have really hurt. You have your hands full with him and Tutu!

The Cat From Hell said...

Poor Bernie! And what a creative vet!
Kisses
Nellie

Roo said...

Wow! That vet did a super job of makin a cast for Bernie! Paws Up to your VET! :D Glad Bernie's feelin better! :D

Waggin at ya,
Roo

meowmeowmans said...

Your vet is amazingly creative! We sure hope Bernie is all better soon.

Purrfect Haven said...

that is one vet I like... creative and solution orientated... dear little lad and his foot... we are all wishing him well and sending you love too.. Love Helen, Darcy and Bingley xxx

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Was so so so happy to see you had come for a visit b/c we had missed you for about 3 posts!!
Boy, vets do very from vet to vet don't they?
Happy gos to the vet once a month for arthritic shoots and a B-12 shot and that seems to come around every 2 weeks!!! LOL

Photo Cache said...

that looks like a very cute "gadget" for lack of a better word.

take care bernie and tutu. we continue to purr for you.

Emma and Buster

Katie and Glogirly said...

Oh, poor Bernie! We hope his toes heal quickly. In the meantime, he's at least sporting about the cutest cast EVER!
; ) Katie & Glogirly

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

XOXOXO to all the patients ofur there! Happy Caturday to efurryone!

Oskar said...

Poor Bernie! I hope he's feeeling much better now.

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

Max the Quilt Cat said...

Yup. That is the perfect solution to make Bernie leave his foot alone. Hope it's better soon.

pawhugs, Max

Tamago said...

Poor Bernie...so sorry to hear about his back paw. But the cast is really really a good idea!! It protects the paw and you can still spray antiseptic. It's totally worth the car ride. I hope Bernie will get better soon!!

haopee said...

High five to the second vet! That's just amazing! I applaud these amazing people. They figure out things with the help of a little ingenuity and resourcefulness.

Get well soon, Bernie!

Huggies and Cheese,

Haopee

The Purr Diaries said...

Awww Bernie! Hope you're feeling better soon little guy! MWAH! xo

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Hope Bernie and Tutu and efurryone hadded an easy Sunday. You all need some rest!!

Clooney said...

Bernie, if you has to have a cast at least you have a stylin' one...We send you big purrs little buddy for a quick recovery. And huge purrs Tutu's way for her continued healing and good health. Take care gang.

Avalons Garden and Mewsings of Garden Cottage Cats said...

Awwww, poor Bernie,,,, we hopez your foot iz better really soon ^..^ you luck you haz a Smart bean fur V E T ! Healing Purrz ~ ^..^ ♥♥♥xo