Mr Klondike was on routine patio nap patrol around noon yesterday when two racoons, probably a mother and child, appeared in the yard. Racoons that Mr. Klondike had politely asked previously to abstain from visits to his yard. A request that these racoons, probably lured by catfood that neighbours on both sides leave out, chose to ignore.
So severe was the rudeness of these racoons that Mr. Klondike got up from his nap, dashed to the fence and pinned the adult down using his jaws while the juvenile got over the fence. According to Mieko, who saw the whole thing, Klondike held the adult for a few seconds then released it, and walked into the kitchen, seemingly very pleased with himself.
However… Mr Klondike’s front right pinkie toe was bleeding a little, and he was missing a small patch of fur on his left front foot. These injuries looked minor to me. But the notion of a racoon being active at noon also seemed odd. And I couldn’t tell where the injuries came from – had he been bitten? Scratched? Just slammed his toe into the fence or the planter in front of it? My friend the dog certainly didn’t seem in any distress, but his right front foot did seem very sensitive to touch.
I called his regular (and most excellent) health care providers at Kensington Animal Hospital, sent them a few pictures and they agreed he should probably come in, and had an appointment at 2:30. Klondike was seen by Dr. Yip. Dr. Yip also couldn’t be sure of the source of the wound, even after shaving around the toes, but in an abundance of caution gave him
- Rabies booster
- Antibiotic & pain med
Heartworm prevention meds
Flea and tick prevention medicine
Here’s a short video of Klondike and his good friend Kizzy from the dog park yesterday evening. I’d say his foot fine.
PS: Just received the following from a super smart and well informed (not to mention well organized, kind and involved) neighbor. Too useful for anyone with a dog west of the Mississippi not to share: