Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sequoiadendron giganteum, Giant sequoia. I have two small plants that I sowed two yeras ago. This winter they almost died but have managed to come back quite good. I´m not sure if these will survive outside here, but one never knows until one tried :-)

I had to phone the vet this morning. Ernas head now looks as if she was a Bullterrier. I told the vet what had happened and he then told me that it must be a viper that has bitten her, even if the two spot where the teeth has bitten doesn´t show. He said that one didn´t always find those.


Rosa pulverulenta. A small wild rose thet likes warm, sunny and rather dry places.

So now there´s not much we can do but wait and see whats happening. Yes there is serum but the serum usually kills more victimes than it helps. I remember when my first dog got bitten, she got swollen from her head down to her belly and got so fast. It seemes that Erna was bitten on the best place to be bitten or the viper didn´t use that much poison this time.

European rowan. We have a saying here that says if the rowan has lots of berries the winter will become hard and cold. There are lots of rowan berries out in the forest now.
At the moment she´s fine (exept for her looks then :-) ), but I´m not allowed to take her on any walks for about two weeks, she must rest as much as possible. What helps her right now is that she gets medicine for her back. It´s an anti inflamation medicine that keeps the swolling down a bit. I´ve also got ordered to make her eat even if it´s just things concidered as dog candy. I think she´ll like that :-)



As long as she can breath normally I don´t have to worry that much. Not until it has gone two weeks anyway. She then can get a reaction against the poison. Her internal organs can then give up. So I really can´t do anything but wait and see. I´m glad I´m having one more week of vacation left, it´s easier to keep an eye on her then.
Have a great day now!



Chamaecyparus nootkatensis, Nootka Falsecypress. I sowed lots of seeds this winter but only one germinated.






8 comments:

Vittran said...

Hoppas att din hund blir bättre snart. Förstår att du är orolig.
Ha en bra dag!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Tjänare Vittran!
Just nu verkar det dock inte bli värre, fast det kanske börjar igen när den inflammationsdämpande medicinens verkan avtar. Men hon får ju mer imorgon så att det börjar dämpa igen.

Just nu ser det i alla fall ljust ut.
Ha det gott!
Christer.

jaz said...

oh no....a snake bite? what kind of snakes do you have there? will you have to leave erna behind when you take everyone for a walk? does she seem to be in any pain? i sure hope she gets better soon! joyce

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Joyce!
We only have one poisounes snake over here and that´s the viper. They say that a bee sting is more dangerous to get. Deaths has happened, but it´s very uncommon (amongst humans). How it strikes dogs is different. If they are bitten like Erna was, most of the time they get by without problems. But if bitten between toes it´s usually deadly and of course if they are bitten directly in the nose, because the airways gets so swollen that they can´t breath.

But Erna is twelve and a half years old, so we don´t know how her internal organs can cope with the poison. That we know in two weeks. But for the moment she´s alright. Looks funny though :-) The airways arn´t blocked in any way and I think she doesn´t have much pain now. So now I have to spoil her incredibly, doctors order :-) :-)

So now it is just to wait and see.
Have a great day now!
Christer.

Zoey and Me said...

Dogs love to be spoiled. She might have set this up with the viper to get some attention around there. Load up on lots of Dog candy. I see that little red striped cat is out looking for the snake. Or is he finishing the pond? ummmmm. I know your cats work hard for their grub, dogs just lay around and talk to snakes. Well good luck spoiling Erna. It's a full time job. Drink lots of tea.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Z&M!
It wouldn´t surprice me at all if she had done so :-) :-) The problem is to despoil her later when all this is over :-) :-) :-)

Teodor is more in to fishing. But it´s kind of sad actully, he´s outsmarted by three goldfishes :-) :-) :-)
I promise to have lots of tea!
Have a great day now!
Christer.

jaz said...

well, puppies young and old are meant to be spoiled. my last chow chow had several knee operations and was not allowed to move for 6 weeks at a time. we slept in shifts on the floor with her and massaged her legs and spoiled her until she healed and then we spoiled her even more!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Joyce!
Yes Ypur right, they are ment to be spoiled :-) But I have to spoil her in other ways later on I thik, all this dog candy isn´t good in the long run I think :-)
Christer.