Our poor Sophia had a mishap at the groomers when the back of her right ear was cut.
When I arrived to pick up my crew after grooming I was greeted at the door by Briann with a worried look on her face. Briann showed me Sophia’s ear where the skin had been cut during an attempt to remove a mat. The cut was not bleeding and looked small enough that it may heal itself, so off we went to go home and rest after our big day in the City.
Sophia paid no attention to her ear and showed no discomfort which made me decide to take her to the vet the next morning. All went well during the night and Sophia showed no discomfort.
The following morning I checked on the ear right away and was shocked to see that a big triangle of cut skin had turned up and dried during the night. Near panick I called Dr. Sander who thankfully was at her office early, and YES, she told me to bring Sophia in right away.
Upon examining Sophia, Dr. Sander assured me that the ear could be repaired, but she needed my permission to sedate Sophia and keep her for the morning. So I left my Berner girl to be sedated for the second time since she came to live with us in 2009.
As much as I try to keep her safe, some things seem to be out of my control. First the bloat and now a nasty cut on her ear. It does not seem fair that bad thing continue to happen to our sweet Sophia who had such a rough start in life at a nasty puppy-mill in Montana.
Rescued at seven months, Sophia showed all the signs of inbreeding, malnutrition, and lack of socialization that is associated with puppy-mills. Quite a few of her problems and anxieties have been ameliorated since her rescue and since she has become a much-loved member of our family. However, two years after rescue, it is very clear that Sophia will never be a “normal” dog.
But back to the ear.
Dr. Sander called at noon to let me know that the surgery was a success and that our sweet Berner girl was ready to go home. I went to fetch a sad Sophia with a BIG band-aid on a well shaved ear. The dead skin tissue had been removed and the wound had required eight stitches to close.
Today, after a fairly restful night, our Berner girl no longer tolerates a bandage on the ear. Now the challenge will be to keep the wound clean and Sophia from scratching, as the ear heals. Your thoughts and prayers for Sophia’s speedy recovery are welcome on our blog, so please leave a message for Sophia.
Needless to say, there will be no scissors allowed near our dogs from here on out.