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19 March 2021 - 8:07 pm
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This is the kind of recovery we all hope for, but most don’t  get to experience this early on!  So thrilled to jest jow well she upus doing.

I’m sure she did need a nice nap after all the activities  and excitement of today.  Yiur Vet sounds  wo derful.  And good for him for advocating for good pain meds for her.

Yes, still slow and easy, but sou ds like a little short walk outside for sniffing the breezes and then back inside for rest and snuggles.

Thanks for the update…. made my day😊

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19 March 2021 - 10:25 pm
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She’s acting a little sore this evening.  Maybe we overdid it this morning with the vet visit.   She’s completely stopped laying on her incision side,  but her vet said it was important to make sure she isn’t constantly laying on just one side.   I can see that the bruising is all on the side she is laying.   The bruise has gotten substantially worse in the last few hours. 

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If this works it is a picture of her incision an hour ago.

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19 March 2021 - 10:29 pm
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https://photos……12RmMJRjh6

This was at noon today.   It did not look like the other picture when we went to the vet.  It seems fine other than the bruise and tenderness I think.  Her vet recommended a warm compress.

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19 March 2021 - 10:37 pm
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Yeah it does look like a seroma formed there, which isn’t uncommon. The compress should help drain the fluid buildup.

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19 March 2021 - 11:12 pm
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There is no drainage coming out of the incision.  I’ll just keep her vet updated and send her daily pictures so she is aware of any changes.   We are enjoying a warm compress and some snuggles right now.   I have never heard of a seroma .  I knew there would be a certain amount of bruising and swelling but this doesn’t look like swelling, it’s just super saggy, squishy skin.   The vet saw that and said it was normal fluid buildup.  The bruising is a little concerning to me.   It is just everywhere.   Everything is new and scary right now.  We will watch it closely, an infection is our biggest worry right now.   

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20 March 2021 - 1:38 pm
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Yeah the fluid buildup is common, and referred to as a seroma . And the bruising usually gets worse before it gets better but 9 times out of 10 it is not a serious complication.

When we see infections happen here, which isn’t “that” common, it’s typically pretty treatable in a short amount of time. Just keep the area clean and dry as best you can and it should be fine. You’ll notice any issues if it’s hot, or there’s stinky discharge coming out.

I know it feels scary, nobody ever expects to deal with this! We are here for you.

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20 March 2021 - 10:23 pm
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Thank you so much.  We had a really quiet day.  The vet told us we could go on small walks but we decided to not push it and do a day of warm compresses and snuggles.   The bruise was definitely a little darker today and really dark around her neck.  Otherwise she’s just sleepy and seems comfortable for the most part.   She definitely needs pretty much constant attention right now.  Lots of rubs or she gets a little whiny and she loves the compresses.   I’ll keep yall posted on her progress.  It all just seems like normal healing.   The bruise is just kinda hard to look at.   😕

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21 March 2021 - 2:34 pm
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Quiet and restful is good, that sounds like just the medicine she needs. And more belly rubs 😉 It’s great that she loves the compresses too, not all dogs are keen on them.

Thanks for the photo, it seems larger than most bruises we see, as far as the surface area. Keep your vet posted on it and keep taking photos for comparison like you are already doing. Try not to worry. As long as she’s hydrated, shows some interest in food and people around her, she’s more than likely on target for recovery.

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She seems like she is doing fine.   She was happy to see the neighbors earlier, she’s been pooping at least once everyday eating and drinking fine.   Just that awful bruise.   It does seem to be getting better, or I’m just used to looking at it now.  But it goes down to her belly.  And is darker under her fur.   I’ll call her vet tomorrow but I’m dreading another car ride.  I think jumping in and out of the car so early was probably not good for her.   But she does seem ok.  I think I got her meds under control and she’s comfortable all day.  I give her the gabapentin int the morning and the tramadol at lunch now and every about every 10 hours 12 hours in between.  She can usually go longer at night without the meds.   She’ll be out of the tramadol and the anti-inflammatory soon and it’ll just be the gabapentin and her antibiotic.

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https://photos……68S5gp8.  More pics of her bruise.

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21 March 2021 - 4:21 pm
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Oh WHEW! Glad things are overall progressing. She’s showing all the signs of a happy dog in recovery.

Now that I see the bruise at that angle it does look pretty typical. I’m going to guess your vet won’t want you to come in for that but good to check with them anyways.

You are a great nurse! Glad you got her medication dialed in.

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I’m hoping the vet does not need to see & you can skip out on the car ride. Either way, you can try Arnica montana 30, a homeopathic remedy. We used this for, Purrkins after surgery, he did not bruise. We humans use it all the time for aches, overdoing, bruises; it’s a must-have for the first aid kit. Jerry did a post on it.

Natural Remedies for Amputation Recovery

It won’t hurt, and I bet the bruise heals up quicker; plus, we know bruises can be ouchie it will help her feel better. It will not interact with any meds. I think all tripawds coming home from surgery should use it. 

I gave it to Purrkins 3 times a day after surgery. They are tiny pellets that dissolve in the mouth for a dog; you could just pop them in, I’m sure;) 

I used a mortar and pestle, ground them to powder, and syringed them to Purrkins(cat).

Heal well 

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Thanks for remembering arnica! You can also get arnica in a salve or ointment, although I would want to be very sure that Maebee can’t lick the area.

Oh hey I just noticed that you’re still in our Presentation and Diagnosis Forum. Please do start a new topic in Treatment and Recovery so others can follow along with her recovery and learn too. Thanks so much.

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