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We Nearly Lost Her

by Maxine Davis


I was out of town when I got the message from my husband Friday night, “Call me when you get this.”  I knew it couldn’t be good, thinking of a couple of elderly relatives that have not been in the best of health. But no, it was my dog, Tillie.  She had a terrible habit of sticking her head down any hole in the ground where she saw movement.  Hubby said she had been bitten on the nose by a copperhead snake and was in the emergency veterinary hospital about an hour north of us, spending the night.  Naturally a good case of tears followed.  Mine.


To end the suspense, she is fine now.  My wonderful puppy—okay, so she’s eleven years old, but she will always be my “puppy”—was very sick.  The veterinarian said the venom was breaking down her blood.  Her head was the size of a huge cantaloupe and she just lay there, I’m sure, feeling horrible. He gave her fluids throughout the night, two kinds of pills to take home and said she “should be fine.”


I could not imagine how they would treat a snake bite in dogs, but the vet said fluids, pain pills and another pill. She now has a brown streak down her jaw that I’m told is discoloration due to the venom.


I was surprised to learn that there is no longer an emergency veterinary hospital in a town as big as Macon. Our vet was out of town.  The “on call” doc had company and couldn’t leave. Which begs the question…”If he’s on call, shouldn’t he take emergencies that come in?”  Thank goodness for Southern Crescent Animal Hospital in Fayetteville.

If you have a beloved pet, do you know where the emergency veterinary clinic is? Many vets will tell you that unless you are a patient of theirs, they don’t take emergencies. I was shocked.

Tillie is now even more spoiled, and she and I love that!  She is, however, a little more select about what she chases into holes.


Linsey Lanier - August 19, 2013 - 7:25 am

I’m so glad Tillie lived, Maxine. It’s hard to lose a pet. A few years a friend of ours’ dog swallowed something in the yard that got lodged in her intestine and he couldn’t afford a big vet bill. She didn’t make it. We’re still sad about that.

Sandra Elzie - August 19, 2013 - 7:58 am

Hi Maxine, So glad Tillie’s experience ended well. I had a pet that went the other direction. It’s hard to lose a pet you’ve had for many, many years. I think my vet does emergencies….but I’d better check.

As to not wanting to leave his guests…shame on him. He shouldn’t be “on call” if he’s not willing to drop anything to care for an injured animal. After all, our pets are almost like kids to us….very important in our lives. I’m happy all turned out well. Way to Go Tillie!!!!!

Debbie Kaufman - August 19, 2013 - 8:01 am

Glad the emergency vet helped. Even though they are closer, I take emergencies to either the Locust Grove veterinary or The Village Vets in Decatur. A friend who does rescue for dogs told me about the Decatur one. They are also supposed to be cheaper!

However, my vet, Dr. Ken Mullis at Fayetteville (not the emergency)has been known to go above and beyond for my dogs in an emergency, staying late one night when a more local vet told me they were closing and to bring my dog in the morning. Ken said to come and after examining my dog said she would have died without immediate treatment. She still suffers from nerve control that results from a spinal embolism that day, but she’s still with us!

Glad your puppy is okay. And yes, even at 15 and 13, mine are still puppies, too!

Susan Carlisle - August 19, 2013 - 8:12 am

I’m glad Tillie is back to her old self.

Pam Asberry - August 19, 2013 - 8:20 am

I am so glad your story has a happy ending, Maxine! I do know where the emergency clinic is and shudder at every memory of having to use it. Give Tillie a hug from me!

Juli D. Revezzo - August 19, 2013 - 9:12 am

Good to hear Tillie survived!

Connie Gillam - August 19, 2013 - 9:38 am


I’m glad Tillie’s story had a good end. We lost our pet years ago and it was hard. They are truely part of the family.

Marilyn Baron - August 19, 2013 - 6:24 pm

Like Pam, I’m glad this story had a happy ending. My dog is no longer with us but I miss her everyday so I’m very glad your recovered.

Maxine - August 19, 2013 - 8:09 pm


Thank you for commenting. It is so sad when one doesn’t make it. I’m sorry for your friend.

Maxine Davis - August 19, 2013 - 8:10 pm

Thank you so much! Yes, Tillie is back to her old self and sleeping beside me now!

maxine davis - August 19, 2013 - 8:11 pm

Don’t we love your “puppies.” Sounds like you’ve got all the important information. That is good planning! Thank you for commenting.

Maxine Davis - August 19, 2013 - 8:13 pm

Hi Susan,
Thank you for stopping by! Yep, that was another prayer answered in a Yes!

Maxine Davis - August 19, 2013 - 8:13 pm

Good for you for having the necessary information! And I’m stopping now to give Tillie a big hug from Pam – and me!

Maxine Davis - August 19, 2013 - 8:14 pm


Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! Yes, I am so glad my Tillie is back to normal. (She probably wishes I was, too. ;))

Maxine Davis - August 19, 2013 - 8:15 pm

I am so very sorry for the loss of your pet. Yes, I would be so very sad if it had ended differently! Thank you.

Maxine Davis - August 19, 2013 - 8:16 pm

I am so sorry about your dog. I think the older I get the more sentimental I got toward Tillie. Thank you for stopping by.

Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn - August 20, 2013 - 5:20 pm

Maxine, my dog (Murphy) has been bitten by poisonous snakes at least three times in the last couple years. We assume they’re rattlesnakes. Once on his snout, once on his hind leg and once on a paw. He swells, gets meds, his skin “weeps” from the venom and he looses hair that eventually grows back, but every time I’m on tenderhooks until he appears to be on the mend.

So glad to hear Tillie made it through. Having our pets sick is scary.

Hildie McQueen - August 20, 2013 - 10:19 pm

My twelve year old chihuahua is sickly, he is getting worse everyday, and yes I have scoped out where the Vet ER. Although I’m not sure it would do any good. I’m so glad your doggie is okay.

Maxine - August 21, 2013 - 8:19 am

Hi Carol, I remember you writing about your pets, and I can tell they are part of your family. Poor Murphy! I’m glad he mended each time. Thank you for stopping by.

Maxine - August 21, 2013 - 8:20 am

Hildie, I am so sorry to hear about your dear Chihuahua. Enjoy him every minute you can. Thank you for commenting.

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