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13 September 2020 - 1:20 pm
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Hi, Milli has some clear drainage I just noticed coming from her incision.   Do I need to worry or is this normal?   This is day 3.  Also, should I clean it and how?

Jane

Milli’s family: dogs -Satchel/Akita; Dingo/ Husky, Beagle mix; Ike/chihuahua; Jazzy/temporary foster

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It may be a seroma , which is usually harmless as long as it’s more pink than bloody, doesn’t smell and isn’t green. These are normal and many dogs get them because body fluid from the amputated limb that was circulating through the body is trying to work its way out through the path of least resistance.

Let your vet know just in case. You can also try to help it drain by applying a warm compress for a few minutes, a few times a day. You don’t want to clean it with anything except water, or unless your vet has something they recommend.

Keep us posted!

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It’s really weird.  I haven’t seen any more drainage since I posted that earlier today.  I cleaned it only with water, so I think that was ok.   A new dilemma, sometimes she squats so low to urinate that the last incision hits the dirt.  (AZ – dirt and rock backyard).  I clean it with a soft towel and water as soon as we get back inside.  I think we also have some swelling in the flank.  It’s not a lot but is a concern.  She tolerates ice packs well.  Behavior is still really good.  I appreciate all the comments and insight from everyone.  Thank you 

Jane

Milli’s family: dogs -Satchel/Akita; Dingo/ Husky, Beagle mix; Ike/chihuahua; Jazzy/temporary foster

Cats: Willy, Stewie, Grannie, Emmi, Molly

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13 September 2020 - 8:18 pm
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Glad the drainage  is clearing  up.  👌

Sometimes swelling will show up near the incision  or around  the remaining  leg.  Not sure where on her”flank” the swelling  is.  Is it near the drainage site?

Obviously check with your Vet and send a picture for reassurance, 

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Hip area, above the incision.  It is soft.   Vet said it is likely normal but she wants to see her at 5:30 today.   Bruising is getting better and she wants to keep going outside but she needs to rest.   Instead she is lying by the back door so she can look out the window.  Doing well on day 4. 

Jane

Milli’s family: dogs -Satchel/Akita; Dingo/ Husky, Beagle mix; Ike/chihuahua; Jazzy/temporary foster

Cats: Willy, Stewie, Grannie, Emmi, Molly

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That’s a good sign that the fluid is re-absorbing! Cheers to an even better week!

If she wants to lay outside for a few minutes and you can supervise, that’s OK as long as it’s on a clean area.

I hope the vet visit goes well, let us know how things go and what they recommend.

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 Vet was very pleased with Milli and said she is adapting quite well.   Incision looks good too.   We are now thru day 5.  Tonight is the first night she gets to come upstairs, which means I get a break from sleeping on a dog bed or our uncomfortable couch.   Very comfortable for sitting, I might add, but sleeping, not so much.   The last stitch is looking a little red tonight.  It’s the one that hits the dirt sometimes when she urinates.   Will check it again first thing in the morning.  We do wash the area when she comes in. I may have to get some wipes (Chlorhexidrine?) I think she mentioned as a possibility yesterday.   She also said we could do a few short slow walks if Milli feels up to it.  

Jane

Milli’s family: dogs -Satchel/Akita; Dingo/ Husky, Beagle mix; Ike/chihuahua; Jazzy/temporary foster

Cats: Willy, Stewie, Grannie, Emmi, Molly

Mom & Dad;  Jane & Joe

2 legged kids:  Tony & Jack

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Good job!  Sounds like Milli is on target for what to expect this early in recovery….. maybe even a little ahead of the curve.👍.

Can’t  give you any input as far as that one stitch that is still misbehaving.  Doesn’t  seem to be much of an issue anymore though….knocking on wood!

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That’s pawesome, she’s recovering quite nicely! I’m glad your vet feels she’s ready for some slow easy activity and a little more new normal in her life. Your back is going to be much happier too 🙂

Yeah those wipes should help to minimize any discomfort and chances for infections on that spot that hits the ground. That’s a tough area, good for you for keeping an eye on it. 

One way to help her stance when she urinates is to get her lined up for an evaluation by a canine rehabilitation therapist. They can show you how to strengthen her core muscles, which in turn help her legs better support her body, especially in squatting situations. The best part is the Tripawds Foundation can pay for your first rehab visit with her, so please take advantage of the program. Most therapists like to see new amputees within about 10 days of surgery so now’s the time to search around for a practitioner. Let me know if you’d like help!

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