I took my little one to the groomer today (a new one) and halfway into the grooming process (I was running errands) they were attempting to trim his tail to an appropriate length (its really warm here this week) and accidentally chopped off one vertabrae. The groomer misplaced my number and called my vet which in turn called me. It happened at 12:15 and by the time the vet got a hold of me it was an hour later! So while I was having a hot dog he was in pain .... The owner of the pet grooming place told me to go straight to the vet, his tail was sliced but stopped bleeding since they put some stuff called quickstop on it ....it looked like a cotton ball saturated with tincture.... I took him straight to the vet and since the bone is exposed, they have to operate and since part of the vertabrae is nicked they have to have some kind of skin to repair it. Which means one more vertabrae will be cut to patch over the skin. I thought taking him to the groomers would be something simple and ordinary, but it has resulted in emergency surgery. He is having his catheter put in as we speak, so please radiate some happy thoughts for my little Maltese furry baby. This is his first time in surgery and this is his unfortunate first accident.