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21 November 2015 - 9:04 am
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Oops on my earlier reply to Mike-- old eyes without my glasses - I guess that is Mike?iris

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Update on our Saturday vet visit -- The vet opened up Yogi’s incision and took a look inside. Doesn’t appear to be any infection (they took a sample to culture just in case) but lots of inflammation along one line of internal sutures. It looks like Yogi’s problem is an allergic reaction to the sutures. They opened him up & no signs of infection but lots of inflammation & some pus along the subcutaneous suture line. The sutures closer to the muscle layer were healthy. The subcutaneous suture was Monocryl whereas the muscle layer suture material is PDS. This leads him to think what we have is an allergic reaction to the Monocryl suture material.

They cleaned and flushed the area out real good and put in new subcutaneous sutures using PDS. A shot of steroid to bring down the inflammation and put a fentanyl patch on again. They put in a couple of drains to help clear out any additional fluids that build up. They also placed a dressing over the area to absorb any discharge from the drainage tubes and help keep it clean. 

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After yesterday’s second surgical procedure, to replace the sutures Yogi is allergic to, they used an absorbent non-stick dressing against the incision area to soak up and discharge from the drainage tubes. To make sure it stayed in place they put a compression bandage over it. Since tape won’t stick to fur very well they had to wrap the bandage around his leg and waist, leaving an openings for him to pee & poop through, then tape it to itself. If that sounds difficult – it was! Yogi’s back end is wrapped up like a mummy.

Yogi has a difficult time walking in it, but it’s working really good. He has been able to pee & poop without soiling his wound or the bandage. Being already sore from the surgeries and weak from the narcotics, the bandage presented a real challenge to squatting to do his elimination duties. To assist him we used his car travel harness & a leash to provide some lift to keep him from falling over when he squats.

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22 November 2015 - 7:49 pm
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23 November 2015 - 7:56 pm
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Wow now that is a wrap! We're always talking about how hard it is to wrap a rear-leg amputee but your vet has it mastered! I'd love to post a tutorial on that!

Really glad to hear your vet is on top of this situation, I'd hate to think what would have happened otherwise. Yogi's a lucky pup to have such great people looking out for him.

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What an ordeal Yogi went thru at the vet on Monday morning. It was a follow up to the second surgery he had on Saturday. It started off good; he walked into the hospital on his own and the bandage was removed without any trouble. The vet said the swelling was down so no need to keep the Penrose drain tubes in. Those drain tubes normally come out really easy.

Gayle, the vet tech cut the sutures holding the tubes in place, but when she went to pull the first tube out Yogi really jumped and let out a cry. A couple more tries with the same result. She got Brittney to help and she couldn’t get them to budge either. The vet authorized them to use sedation. They were able to get the small one out. Yogi was still yelping & squirming. We assisted by holding Yogi and covering his head with a towel. The vet was called in and he used a syringe of lidocaine to coat the area around the tubes, hoping to numb it some more. Gayle was then able to get a tube out by grabbing it in the middle, pulling it until it stopped and found a suture attached and buried.

Still one tube left and it just wouldn’t come out either way. The vet went into the tube channel with a thin forceps and found another deep suture. As soon as that was cut it came out really easy, just like they expected them to an hour before. They cleaned up the wound area and we’re using disposable diapers to cover the area as there are openings where the tubes came out that will drain for a few days. The hardest part now is keeping the diapers on...I don't think we have found the right size yet. I will go buy another size today and hope we can get it to stay on better!

If you’re wondering how could relay all the details of this procedure it’s because we were with Yogi through the whole procedure. It’s rough watch this when it’s your little furbaby on the table. A very special thanks to the vet techs Gayle & Brittney for a great job under very difficult circumstances. We know it was just as hard on them.

Yogi got home and slept most of the day. It was way easier to get him to pee & poop without his mummy wrapped butt. In addition to his amputation surgery incision he also has several holes where his drainage tubes were removed. The diapers look goofy, but works pretty good. Trying to hold dressings with adhesives or an ace bandage just don’t work in that area. He’s unfortunately going to have to wear a cone to keep him from pulling the diaper off. At least he’s getting around on 3 legs pretty good and pain seems controlled now.

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24 November 2015 - 10:08 am
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Jerry - Yes, our vet did a great job of wrapping the area!  We'll tell him how impressed you were with it and ask if he can provide a description. It stayed on real good for about two full days at which time it needed to be changed anyway. It definitely served its' intended purpose! 

Now if we can just keep the diapers on Yogi now.... Any suggestions from anyone here??

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Poor little Yogi!  He sure has been through enough in his short little life.  I've said it before but I'm going to say again what awesome pet pawrents you guys are! He sure is one lucky pup!  Yogi you and I need to have a little chat.  I said you were going to "rock" this recovery thing.  So no more drama and prove me right ok little fella?

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Linda & Max

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Boy what an ordeal is right! Poor Yogi. But at least it's over and very cool your vet was nice enough to let you stay there when it was happening, I'm sure Yogi was very reassured by your presence.

No kids here so I'm the wrong person to ask about diapers but I know someone else here will have good suggestions so stay tuned.

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1 December 2015 - 8:25 am
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Will it ever get better?!

We found out late yesterday that Yogi’s culture test came back positive for pseudomonas and serratia.

This goes back to when he had the allergic reaction to the one suture material and was oozing goop around his incision site. They took a swab or two of the goop and sent it to a lab for culture.

This is not good as these bacteria families are very resistant to antibiotics. Tuesday we pickup a special antibiotic (ceftazadime) from a specialty veterinary pharmacy. The stuff’s not cheap (about $130) and we then take it to our veterinarian who is going to show us how to inject the antibiotic. Yes, you read that right, we have to inject this powerful antibiotic into our little puppy twice a day for 10 days!

More details will follow after we meet with our vet.

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1 December 2015 - 11:28 am
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Hey guys, I'm sorry to hear this. I'm going to go post on your other duplicate post. To better follow along with your situation it's a good idea to keep posting in one place, like the Treatment one where you also shared the status of things. Hopping over there now...

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2 December 2015 - 11:45 am
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Thanks - from here on I will only post in the "treatment" forum category where we will update Yogi's status.

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It has been awhile since I checked in. It is amazing how time flies!

We are now almost six months post-amputation - and Yogi is doing GREAT!! Yesterday was Yogi's first birthday, so it reminded me that I needed to check back with all the wonderful, supportive people here on the TriPawds site.

What a year it has been for Yogi! In just his first year of life.... Yogi has had ring worms, ghiardia, eaten rocks (needed endoscopy), eaten pennies and a variety of other 'things' he has mined in our backyard. Been sick from so many of the things he mined in the yard that I have lost count!

Then we move on to the unfortunate, but very necessary amputation of his right hind leg -- too many complications and icky stuff in his recovery to list. Forever grateful to our wonderful veterinarian and the great staff at Hillside Animal Hospital!! Not just for the care and love provided during the amputation / recovery phase -- but all along this first year's journey with our sweet, little Yogi.

Yogi eats anything and everything that is even remotely toxic in our backyard - gets sick and continues to go back for more.... Our backyard looks like a prison with fencing up to keep him out of the danger areas. Yogi has horrible nasal allergies - sneezes beyond what you would think humanly (or dogly) possible - so much that he can barely stand up when he gets into a sneezing fit. He even had to be sedated once to have a look up his nasal passage!

Then Yogi caps off his first year with canine pappiloma virus (CPV)- warts in his mouth! We learned it’s fairly common in dogs under two years of age. Had to have those removed... He is not contagious, thank goodness. But still limiting how close he can get to other dogs for awhile.

Having said all this - Yogi is the sweetest, happy pup you will ever meet and we know that we were meant to be his 'pawrents'. He brings joy to everyone who meets him. Tripawds really do rock!!!heart

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What a great story, and so glad that things are going so much better.  When we first got Otis, we had bouts of horrible digestive issues (in the house, rooms of carpet ultimately destroyed) and tons of vet bills, before discovering he was eating the branches of small pine trees in the backyard and his insides were reacting to the sap.  My ex immediately removed all of the pine trees.  No points for landscape design, but a perfect 10 on a return to doggy health.  But, he still loves to eat pine trees if ever given a chance!  

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

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QOW AND WOW AND MORE WOOOOOW!!! How in the world I .missed all of Yogi's ppsts up to this point is beyond me!!

HOLY.MOLY! What a first year this has been!! Surely the vet has an addition wirh a sign that says "This expansion made possible by YOGI!!" way-cool

I guess in a previous lofe Yogi was a wannabe Gardener or perhaps a Cashier!!winker

You are clearly dedicated to this youngster and he is soooo lucky to have picked you!! His avatar picture is adorable though! Who could resist loving this cutie pie?!

So glad to hear everything is going okay and he's staying out of trouble...at least for the moment!!clap

Great update!

Hugs!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

PS...Otis...nice of you to help take down those pine trees...one branch at a time! You silly boy!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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