As mentioned, Louise was limping and that meant I would be taking her into a new vet. As we approached, neither Louise or I knew quite what to expect. I took it as a good sign that there were fancy cars parked on the street in front of the place.
So what was supposed to be a simple trip to the vet for them to clean up Louise's paw turned into much, much more. They ended up having to sedate her so that they could go in and excavate what they thought was an abscess at the time. As it turned out, there really wasn't a lot of infection on her paw, but there was and still is a growth of some kind.
They did an x-ray to scan for any metal bits and concluded there were none. After that, they cleaned the paw some more (both inside and out) and then sent her home with lots of antibiotics and the like. When I arrived to pick her up she was in great spirits and very happy to see me. It was a longer walk home than usual, but she was thrilled to discover that she could run without the same pain as before, which was encouraging. The limp was still there, but then again she still has a cut on her foot, which the doctor assures us will heal quickly.
It was pretty stressful for the rest of us as we learned about mysterious 'growths' and other scary things going on with Louise's paw. The vet said they will call to follow up with us in a couple days and overall they have been pretty much what I would expect from a quality animal doctoring house. The staff there were friendly and when I picked up Louise one even commented that they discovered Louise does not like hats (she doesn't, it's true.) Turns out they were playing with her for a bit while they waited for me to arrive. I can only imagine the shenanigans that went on - maybe it's best to leave it that way.