I know I say this all the time but what a week!!! It actually started on Sunday. I was cleaning my deck, unaware that a huge red wasp nest lurked just under one of the chairs on my deck. I was using some cleaning spray and other things and I think this stirred the wasps up a little. Scruffy had come out onto the deck with me and he was wandering around sniffing at everything. I heard a little yelp and I looked over at Scruffy and he was holding his right front paw up and limping to the door as fast as he could. I looked down and there were two huge red wasps.
I ran in the house and grabbed some of the sting kill and started dabbing it on his paw but he wouldn’t let me do too much to him. He ran around the house like do something do something mom I am in pain. I felt so helpless I didn’t know what to do. I told him how I had gotten stung the year before by one of those bastar& red wasps, but it didn’t seem to calm him down. He was terrified because after all he didn’t know what had happened. He probably thought I did something to him.
After a couple of minutes he seemed to calm down. He went over to lay on the rug. I went out to the garage to see if I had something else to put on his paw. When I came back in just a couple of minutes later I called for him and he didn’t come to the door like he always does. I ran into the living room and noticed that he had pooped all over the floor, he has never done that. He also had diarrhea. The really scary part was he way lying in the floor somewhat unresponsive. I rolled him over and he had poop on his belly, he was lying in it!!! I know this is way more info than you need but I am just trying to let you know how bad the situation was. I freaked!!!!!! I thought that he must be having an allergic reaction to the sting.
My niece is a vet tech and I tried calling her but I was in such a panic I couldn’t get the phone to work I don’t know what I was doing in my panicked state but it wouldn’t ring!!! I called our vet clinic because they always have a number to call for emergencies but their mailbox was full and I couldn’t get the message. That should never happen. Just saying.
Scruffy was breathing and there was no swelling in his face, and his heart was beating although it was somewhat fast. I grabbed my shoes and car keys and decided I would take him to the U.T. Veterinary Clinic Emergency Care although it was about 45 minutes away. I called my sister to ask her to google the number of a clinic a little closer I couldn’t remember the name. She was not at home but my brother in law was and he got in touch with my niece and she called me immediately. She told me to give him a Benadryl, I did, she also told me to check several things, his eyes, his face, his breathing, his heart rate. After just a few minutes he was more alert and sitting up. I think he may have passed out from the fear or just didn’t know what to do and that is why he went limp.
He slept on my lap most of the afternoon. He is totally fine, he limped for a few hours because his paw was sore.
As soon as Mark got home we went out on the deck to look for the nest. Two chairs were stacked together and at first we didn’t see anything then we noticed between the chairs there was a huge nest. We blasted those things with some spray. About 15 wasps fell off of the nest. Those little bas&ar*s won’t hurt my baby again.
I am not sure what all Scruffy went through before I got him. He was a rescue and he is very sensitive to noises and change of any kind. I think he was probably traumatized in some way or another before he came to live with us. I will do my very best to make sure this precious baby is taken care of the very best he can be.
But I did discover I am not good in a crisis. Well who am I kidding it is really not a discovery. I panic and let fear get in the way and all reason goes out the door. I get this from my daddy he was the same way. Mark is the calm one and can reason through just about anything. But all is well now and I will be vigilantly watching for those nasty red wasps and anything else that might hurt my poor Scruffy. He is such a sweet gentle soul.
Love your day your way!!!