(Update by Jason) Bear’s overnight trip to the emergency vet clinic came to an end this morning when Melissa went to pick him up while I worked my way through chores. Between Bear’s trip to the vet, a short night’s sleep, and stormy, windy conditions all day today I won’t be sorry to see the end of this day.

I’m glad we took him to the clinic last night; it wasn’t immediately obvious that he needed to go except that he was acting kind of strange. He now has stitches in eight different places as well as two drainage tubes to keep things from getting infected. As you might imagine, he isn’t feeling very well today and he mostly just laid around and slept on the couch. The good news is that he’s expected to make a full recovery. The bad news is that Bear has added another $1,032.00 to his tally of vet bills through the years and will need a couple more trips to the vet before this is all resolved. Sadly this is far from Bear’s most expensive trip to the vet!

According to Melissa, the vets said his wounds (and mental trauma) were consistent with injuries they see when dogs get themselves into trouble with raccoons. I’m a little surprised at this because I dispatched a raccoon in the barn a couple of weeks ago; having two raccoons in the barn at more or less the same time would be unusual.

Below are a few pictures of Bear taken this afternoon.