Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Spud the dog, an update


You may remember, Spud the dog is recuperating from an operation to remove a lump from his shoulder.

The good news is the lump was nothing sinister, and he has been taking his recuperation very seriously

spud 2

However the wound wasn’t healing well, so he’s had his stiches removed and after weighing up all the options it was decided the best bet for Spud was to leave the wound open to heal. It’s not been pretty. But he has been a very good patient and has allowed me to bathe the wound in salt water and apply an ointment containing Manuka honey *  The good news is that  it is healing, its not weeping now and  the hole in skin has gone from hens egg size to small plum size in the last six days.

We’ve found a  protective collar that is more comfortable for him and us, a Buster collar

Spud Buster

it just about stops him from reaching the wound, for as you can imagine a combination of salt and honey is as near a salted caramel as he’s going to get, and smells very tasty! So he is keen to give the area a good lick.

He’s in reasonable spirits for a Spring Spaniel under house arrest, nothing wrong with his appetite though.  Here he is fancying a rather delicious egg custard that Mr Uphilldowndale isn’t willing to share.

Spud Buster 2 

He’s waiting and waiting to play ball…



* I think the vet may well have prescribed the Manuka Honey as a placebo for me, the ‘first-aider’ in me has struggled with the concept of leaving the wound uncovered.

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

19 thoughts on “Spud the dog, an update

  1. Despite his unpleasant moments at the vet he does seem to be enjoying his world.

  2. Good pictures. He sure seems relaxed and content. I hope that the wound heals up soon and he can shed his neck ‘lifejacket’! xx

  3. Love the photos! Hope Spud will soon be free of his collar and treatments but am sure he is luxuriating in all the attention he is getting. Thanks for the update on him~

  4. I hope that you are applying plenty of manuka honey to the occasional slice of toast for the nurse.

  5. If Spud gave me that look he’s wearing in the second photo I’d make him his own special egg custard and feed it to him with a spoon. What an irresistible dog.

  6. I’m glad to hear that he’s taking his convalescing so seriously! And I think he needs his own egg custard, since he has been through such an unpleasant ordeal!

  7. It’s called “healing by secondary intention” — the wound heals from the bottom up — takes more time, but when there’s a possibility of infection, it’s the better way. Poor Spud. I hope he’s all better soon.

  8. Well, finally a civilized protective collar! I have never seen one of those before, but they make so much more sense that collaring a dog with basically a plastic bucket, like most everyone does! Wonderful to know that Spud is on the mend now. His fans will be most relieved! He will be right as rain (whoops, maybe I should change that comparison…everyone seems to have had more than enough)…. He will be fit as a fiddle just in time for spring frolicking!

  9. Doug’s predecessor (spitting image of Spud) had similar wound issues caused by barbed wire when Doug’s mum was a district nurse – the NHS unknowingly contributed very generously to bandaging as apparently if you’re a spaniel bandage needs chewing off at every opportunity, even if it involves the most complex of physical distortions to do so. (No guilt re bandages on our part as she was being paid a pittance and working ridiculous hours).

  10. This is the first time I’ve met Spud, and I must say, I’m mightily impressed. I suspect he’s quite a joy when he isn’t having to deal with the indignities of life. Your title caught me, because the only other Spud I’ve known was a guinea pig in East Texas, who was the mascot of a police department. He was pretty cute, but I’ll bet your Spud is smarter, as well as being cute.

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  12. Poor Spud ! I am so glad he is feeling better though. I wish my Ninio had the same blue collar as Spud did. After having eaten three (1+1+1) of my socks, he had to be operated too. We almost lost him. Fortunately he recovered fully. Will he ever learn ? Beagles are stubborn…

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