He's usually pretty quick to yip if I step on his tail hair while reverse heeling or on his paw so I figured he wasn't as stoic as Cole.
Sigh. He is both stoic AND a sissy. How can one dog be both about the same boo-boo?
Apparently yesterday during our proof-play game with the giant cat toy I made for him he pounced on the end of a stick and injured his fetlock pad on the right front leg. It is a very minor injury, but it bled and needs some treatment (cleaning and bandaging to keep it clean while it heals). Did he tell me when he hurt it? No, of course not. That would have ended the game.
I had to find out by noticing fluffy red squidge marks on the white-ish kitchen floor tiles.
A bloody paw doesn't make him yip or even limp, but what a drama queen he was last night while I was de-thatching his fluff (brushing out the dead coat) and touched his sore paw pad in the process. He gave me such a look and a yelp like I was murdering him. Lindsay will testify to his drama queen-ness because it took the two of us, two grown women to hold down a 10 week old puppy in the bath tub for a bath in strawberry shortcake shampoo for his trip home to Missouri. I have never in my life needed a second pair of hands when bathing a puppy until this fluff monster arrived on the scene. Thankfully after many discussions on the matter bathing is now down to a science for us with no more screaming (he's the screamer, not me) or wrestling matches.
This wound is a surface avulsion (skin flap) that does not require stitches or veterinary treatment, just good wound management. Our first aid plan:
1. Gently clean the affected area with mild unscented hand soap and water.
2. Apply vet-approved anti-biotic ointment with pain killer (because he's a fluffy princess)
3. Apply bandage to keep it clean because it's wet and splashy outside. Vet wrap over top to keep the gauze from soaking up splashes. (Vet wrap is slightly water resistant and easier to remove than bandage tape.)
4. Vegetable baggy galosh for affected foot when he potties because SOMEONE still has a tendency to occasionally pee on his own leg if distracted while doing his business.
5. Examine wound and change dressing daily.