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well the one more vet trip was worthwhile, the vet looked him over and was confident it was purely a seroma but admitted that it is very red and could be uncomfortable for him so she could do an extract but it could well return. I asked how much it would be as I have now exhausted by insurance claim limit of £4000 for all the treatment to date and being the amazing people they are they didnt want any money as he is there patient and they see this as ongoing care.
Interestingly they could only get around 5ml out of him as most is under muscle/ swelling however she did not the colour is not quite what she expects from a ‘healthy seroma ‘ so the proactive approach of anti biotics seems to have been the right cource of action to have taken which makes me happy!
He continues to ‘Be More Dog ‘ and just get on with it so im trying my best to follow along as so many of you have suggested!!
We are still going in monday morning for the sutures to be removed so baby steps to recovery continue.
well todays report is as follows;
Ronnie woke up late and still slept in longer, he had breakfast, lazed around, reduced painkillers to 1 gabapentin and 1 codeine half so far, with 1 half to go this evening so gradually tapering the painkillers off. he lay in the sun a lot and it was completely uneventful.
Perfect! no drama, no worry, no hassle, just me and the boy doing our thing with no worries
So glad you got a head start with the antibiotics! Hopefully you’ll see the swelling go down now. Just curious, a seroma is usually more on the squishy side.
And that picture pf Ronnie giving you THE MOST PITIFUL POOR ME LOOK just melted mu jeart! I think I said “Awww…poor Ronnie” outloud!. Oh my goodness! He knows how to tug at the heartstrings! I just love this dog!❤
And YAY for sutures being out soon!!
Extra tummy rubs fot Brownie may turn that pitiful look into a blissfully happy look!
Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!
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!
ok well its sunday night and we nearly made it through a weekend without drama but alas no!
could do with some help on this one, soooo the seroma that the vet tried and failed to drain on friday decided sundasy evening to sprout a leak like a faucet! freaked me the hell out!! this thing was pouring out of him when he came in from the back yard like the movement was forcing it out of him, and its dark pinky red, not blood but very cloudy pink, as per the handfuls of towels below.
now i let if flow until frankly i got scared with the volume and used towel to staunch the flow then wiped and stuck a small sterile bandage on it.
now we are in the vet in 12 hours but in the interim is there anything i can/ should/ shouldnt do!?
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OK so quick update, what a shocker of a night! the entire seroma has now drained and we are getting periodic dribbles only although still highly red tinted and i have several towels and rugs that will be thrown out!
We went to the vet and they were uncomfortable removing all the stitches as the drain site is close to the middle set of stitches so they removed the top half and took a swab of the drain site for blood cultures as there was some puss identified and they want to ensure he is on the best most effective anti biotics.
So i will be on wound watch the next few days and we go to the vet again thursday at 8:30 to hopefully remove the remaining staples.
Honestly it never ends!! they did however say he can go on very short lead walks 3-4 minutes just straight line up the road and back again a few times a day just to get some exercise which he LOVED.
So positives and negatives overall.
Oh wow that would freak me out too! Sorry you had to deal with that icky mess but glad your vets are on top of the situation. Too many neglect to check for infection (especially MRSA when the antibiotics aren’t working). Hope the tests come back clean.
Recovery keeps us on our toes but it’s not forever. You and Ronnie are making progress!
guess what everyone…..
This boy has me grinning happy grins all over my face!! 😀😊 Ronnie looks sooo proud of himself and so please to be taking YOU for a walk!! He looks so fit and his form is top notch. He has a great gait going…very fluid… makes it look effortless!
I was thinking they already tested for MRSA when they put him on antibiotics and tried to “drain” some of the fluid. Regardless, they are taking great precautions now to make sure this “thing” gets under control. CLEARLY Ronnie feels good and that’s a great indicator je’s gonnz confi yo nail this recovery stuff like the RockStar he is!!! He’s just so darn adorable and handsome!😎
Hang in there!!
Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!
Really good day yesterday despite not getting all the stitches out as expected but hopefully wednesday or thursday we can get all the stitches out and that will be a real milestone.
The seroma seems to have stopped leaking last night as well which is really positive, hopefully that means further healing is taking place, and ronnie seems a lot more like himself again, and 3 short walks a day certainly agrees with him, the hardest thing is keeping him walking when he wants to run!!
A good day is a GREAT day for sure! No more leakage, a little walk in the sunshine, and Ronnie getting his sparkle back all add up to a great victory. Ronni has come so far!
And yep, Tripawds do walk fast in order to keep their momentum. It takes practice striking a balance between allowing them to ‘normally’ walk and running along with them. You’ll get there.
18 October 2009
Yay for good days! You and Ronnie sure deserve them.
Elly is only about 15 or 16 pounds and a rear amp, but her most comfortable gait is hard for me to keep up with at a walk. I sometimes walk her speed, and she has learned how far out on her leash she can go and does some sniffing while I catch up. When I want to get some cardio I try and speed walk to keep up with her
Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls
25 April 2007
Thank you for your support.
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