One thing that I am not very prepared for (and thankfully this has never been a problem) is general first aid. For the most part, we've got the basic drugs and a few band-aids, but we should probably stock up on some gauze, wrap, and other more serious injury supplies. When it comes to canine first aid our supplies are beyond sorry.
The other day I was clipping Luna's nails. She is good about letting me do the job, but she is more resistant than my last greyhound. Luna's tolerance is much shorter than Eris' was so she starts pulling her feet away from me before I've even finished the first paw. She will also yelp if she pulls her foot and I don't let go causing her to fall off balance. On top of this, she is not afraid to give me a warning nip if she is really stressed. It makes the whole experience more stressful for me than it ever was with Eris which I'm sure Luna picks up.
So there I was clipping nails as quickly as possible when Luna started her foot pulling routine. I clipped, she pulled, and she yelped. Blood was instantly everywhere. I can count the number of times I have clipped a dog's quick on one hand, all of which were extremely minor. In the big picture, this was also a minor cut, but the blood flow would suggest that I had taken off half her toenail. They always say greyhounds are great bleeders. Case in point.
I caked flour on the nail and instantly we had solid blood to stop the flow. I was worried about Luna's nail bleeding again while she was in the house. Since we didn't have any bandages or wrap, Mike and I improvised with a paper towel, band-aids, and saran wrap. It barely stays on when she moves, but it's the best we could do.
|Luna doesn't like modeling her new accessory.|
P.S. Luna was fine, although this incident is probably going to make nail cutting in the future even more fun. :-(