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18 August 2012 - 2:23 pm
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No need to apologize, really. So that does like it could be swelling. So what did the vet say the next course of action would be? 

Whenever a vet is stumped (pardon the pun!), I always think it's a good idea to get a second opinion if that's feasible. That way no time gets wasted when trying to find a diagnosis. Has your vet recommended seeing any kind of specialist or is s/he taking a wait and see approach?

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18 August 2012 - 3:11 pm
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So sorry to hear that you and Spud are having such a tough time. Hope he feels better real soon!

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18 August 2012 - 10:51 pm
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Sorry you are having a rough time. Hope the ice helps and he feels better soon!

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19 August 2012 - 9:23 am
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How is Spud now? I second the second opinion.

I understand that the swelling and pinkness are on the same side of the body as his amputation but in the front leg, not the actual amputation stump. That sounds a tad unusual to me, but who knows? I absolutely know that removing a leg from a dog literally throws them into instantly adjusting and modifying in whole new ways. Perhaps the swelling is the growth of new muscle to help support the extra demands on the front legs. Again, I don't know. I think I'd ask for a second opinion and have blood work done. No reason to treat for an infection that doesn't exist, especially in a breed known for its sensitivity to meds.

(No, it's not just the UK that calls potatoes spuds. My grandfather, gone now for 12 years, was called Spud from childhood on. No clue why. Did he look like a potato? Perhaps. smiley)


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