TRUE TALES: Polly & Piper
Early this summer I received a call from Polly, a worried pet owner with a specific concern. Her little beagle, Piper, needed to have surgery on her leg and Polly needed help with post-surgical care. This care included bringing Piper in from the car on their trip home from the hospital and helping Piper go outside three times a day until she was able to walk on her own.
Piper had had surgery on the other leg two years before so Polly already knew what to expect and how to plan for Piper’s comfort. After discussing the details, I said, “Sure, we will be happy to help.” Polly was so relieved that she scheduled the surgery after our phone call and called me back with the dates.
Fortunately, Piper proved to be a cooperative patient. She was always happy to see us and did her business right on schedule. The Crockett’s Critter Care team gently moved her from her resting area to the yard and back on each visit. Initially, we carried Piper up and down the long ramp off of the deck and placed her gingerly on the ground. She remained leashed to protect her from doing anything that might jeopardize her recovery. As she healed, she was able to maneuver the distance from the house to the yard and back on her own.
We checked Piper’s incision regularly to make sure it was healing well. When it was time for the bandage to be removed, we were able to do so without any fuss. Piper’s progress was steady and uneventful – just what the doctor ordered! It was gratifying and rewarding for us to be a part of Piper’s recovery and to see her walking on all fours. We love getting calls that are out of the ordinary.
Happy pet, happy home.
Polly was appreciative of our help saying, “Cannot begin to express how grateful I am to Jeanne and her staff for the help they are to Piper and me. Wonderful.”
We believe that Piper will have a full recovery so she can return to the Beagle lifestyle that she was born into – sniff, stop, smell, roll, wag her tail, enjoy some treats, and gaze adoringly at her doting master.