Three weeks ago, Comet came home from daycare with a tear on his upper front leg. It didn't require stitches, but did need for him to leave it be until it healed. Looking on the Greyhound Pets website, I found an amazing DIY "towel-cone". (Since the grey's necks and snouts are so long, the cone of shame doesn't always work.) The towel cone is a bath towel, folded in thirds and tightly wrapped then ducttaped around the dog's neck. It prevents movement, much like a human neck brace. My greyhound group wasn't all to thrilled with the prospect of Comet being out and about with this contraption.
Comet went about life happily in the donut-cone for two weeks. Then, as soon as the leg was healed, I freed him from his contraption. He raced about the backyard and tossed his toys about. I was pleased that everything worked out and watched from the kitchen window as I made dinner. A few minutes later, he came in and layed down on his bed in the living room. I heard chew-chew-chew, reluctantly glancing over in fear of his reopening the healed leg. Instead I found him gnawing on a bloody right front paw and noticed the dark liquid drips that trailed from the dog door. Closer inspection revealed a piece of bark sticking out of both the top and bottom of his paw. Poor Comet had been impaled by the very thing that covers the surface of dogparks across America!
They whisked him in, loaded the poor guy up on pain meds then removed the inch and a quarter long, nearly pencil eraser width piece of bark. A little antiseptic soap, intense irrigation and we were out the door with antibiotics, two weeks of care instructions and a boot.
It has been a week since the bark incident and Comet is healing up nicely. Fortunately, he didn't have to endure the donut cone and we simply used his muzzle (with duct tape) so licking was prevented. He's been at the office on the days he's not been at daycare - so he's healing, content and getting all the attention he can handle! Hopefully, we'll have a little hiatus before the next fluke accident!