A couple of Saturdays ago, my husband and I had an evening plan that included dinner and a movie. Those plans changed about 4 p.m. with the oddest dog injury I have ever seen.
Nothing says romantic weekend “date night” like driving your dog all over Southwest Virginia to get her toenail removed from her adjacent toe.
Yeah. Somehow, Melissa Moo jammed her fourth toe nail into the flesh of her third toe. She was limping for about an hour before we figured out what was going on and NO WAY was she letting me touch it to try to undo the weird damage.
So off the Emergency Veterinary Services of Roanoke on Frontage Road.
When we arrived, the vet tech informed us that the vet on duty that night was performing surgery that was likely to last three hours. We were welcome to wait, or we could go home and come back, or we could take a chance on being seen sooner at Town & Country Veterinary Clinic in Christiansburg.
We appreciated that we were informed of our choices and while she didn’t seem to be in much pain, we didn’t like the idea of her having to wait three hours to get it treated. So we make the drive to C’burg.
While we still had a bit of a wait there, she was treated much sooner than if we had waited in Roanoke. And I have to say that the quality of care was excellent. (The vet had never seen anything like this injury either. Way to go, my freaky dog.)
It only took the vet a few minutes to dislodge the nail from the flesh (she used topical anesthetic), get Melissa bandaged up and we were on our way with antibiotics and pain meds, all for a pretty reasonable price considering it was prime date night time on a Saturday.
Melissa Moo recovered quickly and is galloping around the back yard again at full speed. And we are happy to know that if the Roanoke clinic is tied up, we have another option for great after-hours vet care.