Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tuesday's Tale of the Tail


The good news of the day is that I was freed of the conehead yesterday.


Over the weekend I decided to try my paw (or mouth) at surgery to help out the very nice Dr. B.  Unbeknownst to Mom, I did some nibbling on that ugly beast on my tail.  Late Saturday Mom discovered a trail of blood spots leading to my crate.  Since it was too late to see Dr. B., she decided that the only recourse she had was to clean the area and cone me until Monday.




Dr. B. was not too impressed with my talents and told me I needed to return to medical school for a good long time.  Meanwhile he did say that he thinks the cryosurgery is beginning to work on the lumps despite my unappreciated help.  Although it has never been a desirable choice to bandage my tail, that is just what he did.  Two days in this contraption, remove it, check the area, and probably rebandage.  I can't complain too much because at least I don't have to wear that darn cone.





Yes, Mom, I really do understand that is not a sausage link hanging off Phantom's back end.  I promise to leave it alone.



Please join Ciara in crossing your paws for the old man.



Besides all the tail issues, Phantom's mobility took a big downturn over the past week.  Lots of back end crashing down, and a very hard time standing in place to eat.  His back hips and knees seem to be weakening considerably.  So Dr. B. recommended an increase in one of his pain meds to see if we can make him more comfortable.  Doubling his tramadol results in a lot of deep sleep, and we do mean a LOT.  Mom isn't too crazy about this part of things, but she is going to see how things go.




When he wakes up, he is a bit on the groggy side.




Groggy???  Me???? I am wide awake now and ready for some yummy treats.

And before we close, thanks once again for all the good thoughts and POTP for Mr. P.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

43 comments:

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

Mr Beautiful Blue Eyes - we have our paws crossed for you and that silly old tail. Growing old is not fun for doggies or humans :(

Idaho PugRanch said...

My goodness Phantom, your were just trying to help, but you better leave it to the dogtor. Good no cone!
It kinda sucks when your body is not cooperating. we will keep sending you some pug POTP!
hugs
Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

Molly TheWally said...

We are thinking of your sweet boy a lot. Like Ancient Pip we so hope he can keep on going. Carry on fighting the good fight sweet boy and no tail chomping for now.
Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

stellaroselong said...

Phantom if you lived at our house Gussie would be pulling that bandage right off your tail because he likes to pull Maggie's tail in his mouth and run.
We sure hope you get to feeling better buddy real real soon. Prayers and Hugs Stella Rose and Momma

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

AWWWWWWWwwwwwwwwwww Phantom.. We are so sorry that you had this happen... We are sending you STRONG POTP and Crossed Paws fur a Fast healing of your tail.

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

We know about the Tramadol effects here. But if it helps the tail heal...okay.

So happy you're out of the cone, Phantom. Hope that bandage works.

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

Hey Phantom, continue working on getting those treats! We think you deserve an ongoing treat buffet!

We are crossing every paw, hoof and finger around here for you, Pal.

Everyone at The Poupounette

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Phantom. Mate, I totally relate to chewing on body parts (especially our own) and let me tell ya, it does not make our mums happy. Did ya tail taste like chicken??? Don't chew it again ok cause the cone is a pain in the butt even though it's around your head. Does that even make sense?? Take care old fella. Love ya heaps and sending gentle hugs to you. No worries, and slobbery love, Rory and Stella

Mitch and Molly said...

We know that your comfort has to be first and foremost, Phantom, so enjoy your snoozy days. Our paws are crossed for you!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

C.L.W.STEP said...

Oh, your poor formerly fluffy tail! We hope you feel better soon!

Melon said...

Hey Phantom, you were just chewing on your tail 'cause you were feeling a bit peckish, right? You just need some more treats, right? I thought so. Hey Momster, I think some more treats should help with the tail problem! :p

What good siblings Phantom has. Pats to them and fingers crossed Mr P has many happy days to come.

Julie said...

Glad to see you've been de-coned Phantom. Lots of POTP for a quick tail recovery and hopes you feel better soon. Luffs and hugs sweetie
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

Brian said...

No cone is a good thing and we are all sending you purrs sweet Friend.

Susie and Sidebite said...

Well Mom...it does look like a Sausage Link...but if thats what it takes...well thats OK.....Keeping that needed POTP going strong here!

The Mad Scots

Ruby said...

Oh noes! Phantom, dude! Chewin' your body parts is most frowned upon...I knows...I gets the 'HEY!' all the times (usually to get me to stop scratchin' my ears..) butts it is for your own good..that tail needs the talents of the REAL dogtor. I knows, I knows, it's a pain in the arse (no pun intended) to listen to the peeps! Butts in this case, maybe...
I gots my paws crossed that your tail heals up nicely! And that your hindquarters start cooperating. And, that Lightning doesn't start droolin' over your sausage tail...BOL!
{{{hugs}}} to your Moms
Kisses,
Ruby ♥

BeadedTail said...

Oh Phantom, it's poopy getting old isn't it? We love seeing your sweet face though! We're sending lots of purrs and prayers to feel better soon!

Foley Monster and Pocket said...

It is best to leave it up to the professionals Phantom. Glad you are doing better. Praying for continued good health

KB Bear said...

The paws in our house are all crossed for good luck for sweet Phantom. I'm so glad that the cone is gone, and that the cryosurgery is having a good effect. I think you're in amazing hands, Phantom, and your mom and the rest of your family are taking such loving care of you.

Wyatt said...

Sending loves to Phantom. ♥♥♥

Dory and the Mama said...

We are so glad that you are out of that cone Phantom!! We are keeping tou on the top of our POTP list!
Smileys!
Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Phantom, I know that tail is really bugging you! Your such a good boy,,, and was just trying to help,, right?
We keep sending POTP to you!!
love
tweedles

sprinkles said...

That makes me so sad to read about Phantom's mobility issues. :(

But I'm thrilled that his tail seems to be doing much better!

Angel Prancer Pie said...

Sweet Phantom, we are keeping that tailio of yours and your legs/hind end in our kitteh purrayers.

XOXO

Pee Ess - at least you got rid of that cone!!!

Jeanne Pursell said...

We are sending you POTP Phantom and we sure are glad you don't have to have the cone anymore. Rest up Buddy! We hope you get treats! Xo Chloe and LadyBug

Mark Muller said...

Ciara I cross my paws with you and I send POTP to Phantom. Please feel better buddy...
big hugs to you
easy rider

Casey said...

Phantom, buddy, leave the surgery to the trained professionals! I hope you feel better soon.

Jenna,Mark Drady said...

Oh Phantom, I am always thinking of you my husky pal! I hope the pain meds help a little more now that they are increased <3 <3 <3
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

Marg said...

Oh Phantom, glad the cone is gone and we sure hope that the increase in pain killer helps a lot. It is just so darn hard to get old for everyone involved. Sending big hugs to the Mom.

The Army of Four said...

I didn't know you were a doctor, Phantom! Hmm...
Anyway, I'm glad you're cone-free, but like Casey said, you might want to leave the surgery to the pros!
Our paws are crossed for you!
Cammie!

Madi and Mom said...

Hey Woos. MOL MOL for sure that is not a sausage on your Handsome Bros tush!!

Bravo to your mom for such handy work taking care of things.

We sure do hope and purr Phantom is feeling better today and getting around ok.

Happy Wednesday
Hugs madi your bfff

rottrover said...

Paws crossed, buddy.

-Bart, Ruby and Otto

Sketching with Dogs said...

Phantom we like the sound of your dogtor, medical school, BOL!
Hope your poor tail gets better soon and the pain medication works for your hips, if all else fails, just enjoy being high :)
Sending love and POTP.
Dip and Elliot x

onespoiledcat said...

Phantom my dear friend you must leave "Mr. Sausage" alone! You do not have surgical training so you need to leave that to your vet OK? You don't want to have to wear THE CONE again now do you? I'm so sorry you're having to up your pain meds but naps are great....and even if it takes you a while to get alert I can see that you are sending your Mom some LOVE with those big blueies!!

Hugs, Sammy

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Phantom we has our paws crossed for you, we don't know why the people get so excited when we try our hand at medical care but we guesses you should just leave everything in their hands so they won't lecture you.

Millie and Walter said...

We are keeping our paws crossed tight for you Phantom. Glad to see you don't have to wear the cone any longer.

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Oh poor Phantom! Keeping him in our prayers!

Vicki Green said...

So glad Phantom is free of what Hank and Tim consider "the cone of shame"!

Huskies622 said...

We have looked at your blog, but never commented until now---wanted to send all good thoughts to Phantom! Paws crossed for you!

Kiki and Nala

The Florida Furkids said...

We're glad that cone is gone but we really think it's best not to try to perform surgery on your own tail. We're sending lots of POTP to you.

The Florida Furkids

Freya Rose Blossom said...

Our paws crossed over here.
Luvs Freya Rose Blossom X

Sue said...

That brings back memories of bandaging Samba's tail. I had an awful time till the vet showed me how to keep the bandage on. Hope it heals now that he can't help it along.

FiveSibesMom said...

Oh Phantom, you surely deserve and extra helping of those yummy looking treats. Sending you lots of love and Husky hugs. xo

Rebekah Ward said...

Hugs and prayers for you and your family.