Never a Dull Moment at Our Little House
There’s never a dull moment, it seems, at Our Little House.
Two weeks ago, a seemingly itchy eye on Dakota turned into a full-blown infection. As it turns out, her eyesight was at stake, so over $300 later, 14 days of antibiotics, drops 4 times daily and keeping her legs wrapped so her dew claws wouldn’t poke her healing corneas, she’s better.
Last weekend, it was Chloe. She came home rather early from one of her woodland excursions. As I got up to get Dale and I some ice cream, I bumped her face, which prompted a “Yelp!”
Knowing I barely touched her, I told Dale to turn on the overhead light.
She was already swollen so badly her face looked like the canine version of the boy Rocky from the movie, “Mask” with Cher.
Snake bite and in this area of poisonous snakes, it was probably a copperhead, although it could have been a water moccasin or a rattler as well.
I called our vet, who instructed us to give Benadryl and aspirin.
This was when I learned we didn’t have any Benadryl in the medicine cabinet. “I know I bought some,” Dale said. “We’ve been told this about snake bites before.”
I remembered having cleaned out the medicine cabinet last year of expired drugs, but we never replaced the Benadryl. Luckily, our neighbors had some, which was far better than a 10 p.m. drive 20 minutes into town.
Chloe is fine and looks normal again, but the whole incident got me to thinking more about how to handle emergencies in our rural area.
I have many things we need such as bandages and aspirin. We also have a membership to the local helicopter ambulance service. I’m pretty squeamish, but when it comes to driving 20 minutes to town and a huge vet bill vs. trying to attend to some things on our own, I’ve done some things here I thought I would never be able to do. For example, on two occasions, I extracted small bones with tongs from Emma’s throat.
Dale had been certified for years in CPR as part of his job as a mechanic in Kansas City, but I don’t know human or doggy CPR or really anything about emergency first aid. Taking classes in both pet and human CPR are things I’ve thought of doing, but have never gotten around to it.
I think it’s time.
Do you have specialized first aid or CPR training for humans or animals?