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My flatcoat Bluebell had her front leg amputated in March from a histiocytic sarcoma and has been plagued with swellings and constantly on antibiotics ever since. The lymph in her neck swelled up and took weeks to go down. We started chemotherapy but have had to stop because she was so poorly with the infections. She now has a whole load of swellings along the line of her scar, under the skin. The vet thinks it might be the internal sutures. They are painful and make her feel tired and uncomfortable. She has a couple of good days and then is poorly again. She is 5 years old. Has anyone had experience of this? My plan was amputation, chemotherapy and then a couple of years of fun with Bluebell. I just didnt expect her to have all these problems.
25 April 2007
Hi Bluebell and family, welcome! Your future posts won't need approval so post away.
It's not unusual to develop an internal infection from the hidden sutures. What is your vet's plan for dealing with the infection? It sounds like she's on some antibiotics currently? How long has it been since treatment started for the infection itself?
If you aren't happy with your vet's direction in treating this issue then there's nothing wrong with getting a second opinion from another vet. Sounds like she could also use some nutritional support too. Ideally you can work with another vet who can treat the infection as well as get her immune system boosted, sounds like it's taken a whallop.
I'm so sorry you're dealing with this but it does sound like a treatable situation that can have her bouncing back in no time.
2 April 2013
Has your vet done an aspiration to run a culture & find out what antibiotic is needed? You can give antibiotics until you're blue in the face, but if you're not giving the one that the infection is susceptible to, then it won't do anything to it. It may even take IV antibiotics to take care of it.
I would ask for a culture. If there is nothing that is draining that can be cultured, then they can actually aspirate with a needle & syringe right into any of the lumps (probably more than 1 would be better) and run the culture off that.
This needs to be treated correctly before Bluebell becomes septic. Any infection can become worse - it can attack the organs, it can become immune to antibiotics, etc.
We have had aspirates done on some of the lumps before, but no cultures. It seems like every time we go to the vets Bluebell has needles stuck into her. The previous lumps disappeared, but these new ones came up out of the blue and are much worse. The vet wants to operate and take some biopsies to check for cancer, but remove the lumps if she can while under anaesthetic. If I thought this would be the end of it I would go ahead, even though I don't want to put her through another operation. She has not been 100% for a long time now, but still has some fight in her. Its tough enough being a triped without added problems.
2 April 2013
Awe poor Bluebell! That's a tough situation to be in. Before surgery I would probably want a chest x-ray to make sure her lungs are ok for anesthesia. I'm not sure what I would do ... Maybe a second opinion? It probably wouldn't hurt to have another pair of eyes on her, just to see what someone else has to say.
It is hard ...the worry never ends!
Hugs to you,
22 February 2013
Gosh, so aorry you and sweet Bluebell are going through all this added stress! Just stinks!
Yeah, really want to encourage a second opinion!!! The infection needs to be addressed and it doesn't seem like that has properly been treated and diagnosed!! The pain from the sutures needs ro be addressed IF that's even the cause!! She shouldn't be having any incision pain after all this time! Don't know how long internal sutures stay in place before dissolving, but since March seems like a long time...maybe??
Is the Vet you're seeing an Onco?
Take some deep breaths, okay? Getting things properly diagnosed with the proper treatment plan can turn this around. I DO think a second opinion is in order though with some good blood work.
PLEASE keep us posted, okay?? We'll help in any way we can to get Miss Bluebell's sparkle back!! 🙂
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Going in tomorrow to have biopsies taken and lumps removed if possible. Really don't want more anaesthetic and surgery but it seems the only option. The abscesses are so thick walled that the antibiotics aren't penetrating them. Bluebell is managing well, quite bright, but just lacking in energy. I am hoping that this will be the end to it, and after this operation she can start to recover her tripawds strength, and enjoy her life. I guess as we have had to stop the chemotherapy after just three sessions she may have a shorter life expectancy, and I was only given 18months at the start. The four months so far have been difficult for all of us, so just praying that the next few will be easier for my little girl.
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