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31 July 2017
Hello. I normally don't use these communities but unfortunately I'm having some minor problems that I'm not finding solutions for (just a bunch of "don't shave your double coat dog!" articles rather than actual help...)
So my dog Luke some weeks ago was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. His front leg has been amputated and he is going to start chemo this week (if you would like to follow his shenanigans, I post pictures of him at @RTAnimDogs on twitter!). He has adapted quite well to a life of three legs and is much happier now that he can go on walks again and not be cooped up in my apartment all the time. I'm just having some minor issues now that I just don't know who to ask.
So, I'm having a very difficult time getting the remaining surgical iodine off of my dogs skin and coat. I regularly brush and have given him baths once a week for two weeks and plan to give him another unless I find a better solution (I really want to get the iodine off, but I don't want to dry his skin out with two many baths). Do any of you know how to get it off? The last bath I wiped off some more of it, and under the iodine his skin was irritated... it quickly went away, but I bet it's itchy.
Secondly, obviously he was shaved to perform the amputation, and his hair is slowly growing back but it is growing back coarse, not soft like the rest of his coat. Is their anything I can do to keep it soft and nice looking?
sorry if these questions are too silly for this forum... my vet and oncologist have been very good and supportive so most of my major questions have been resolved with me, just these two things I don't even know who to ask...
Luke loves you all!<3
25 April 2007
sorry if these questions are too silly for this forum...
No questions are too silly. That's what we're here for!
The fur will soften to it's usual splendor once it grows to full length. These things just take time. There is an old but great post in the Tripawds News blog with comments from members, and a link to a whole discussion about that: Are you Furry Again?
As for the iodine, use the Advanced Search above to refine your forum search results with specific phrases, and you're sure to find feedback from others over the years while you wait for more replies. You can also search all blogs here. Consider downloading the Tripawds e-books for fast answers to more common concerns and feel free to call the toll-free Tripawds Helpline anytime!
Best wishes for Luke, please keep us posted. Your future forum posts will not require moderation.
31 July 2017
Thank you so much! Glad to here the fur won't be a problem... just have to try and get that iodine off.
Lukes actually been doing really well on three legs, almost better than when he had four. I bet before the tumor was detected he was just generally feeling bad... he started playing with another dog today he hadn't played with in ages. It was very sweet.
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