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Infection after amputatation.....getting very worried
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The Rainbow Bridge

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18 April 2024 - 10:16 am
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Woah what a crazy ride you and Zoe have been on! I just had a chance to catch up. Really glad that she got to see the specialist and they put your mind at ease. Wait and see is so difficult but sometimes it has to happen that way for the body to fight and heal.

You did get rid of the pain from the tumor, and that is sooo important. Get her strong and then decide what to do next, stay present with her, and remember that her healing also depends on your emotions. If you are stressed and too worried about the future, she will pick up on that. Animals reflect our emotions like nothing else. So the more pawsitive, calm, and hopeful you are the more she will feel it and her body will respond accordingly.

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20 April 2024 - 6:56 pm
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This just keeps getting worse.  Went into regular vet yesterday and he tells me that he has spoken to some of his mentors and has been told that he shouldn't have done the surgery on his own.  Tells me there may be another issue too in that he found out that he was supposed to leave pockets in relation to the lymph nodes he removed and he didn't do that.  And EVEN WORSE, this morning it looks like 2 of the 3 new stitches he put in the other day have come open and the area is badly infected looking again.  I've booked back into the specialist for tomorrow afternoon.  Still in discussions with current vet about the fact they have charged me for the second surgery.....and now I find out that one is botched too.  Leaving aside the money aspect of this, Zoe is suffering at a time when she should be getting better.  Much needed chemo is being delayed and the amputation will have been for nothing if we can't get the chemo started soon.  I am so upset and angry.


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20 April 2024 - 7:18 pm
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Holy crap!!!  Unflippin' believable!

Of course you are upset and angry and every right to be. We feel the same way for you and your sweet Zoe

Equally unbelievable is the fact that the vet did at least own up to his mistakes and to the fact he should never have done the surgery on his own. IMO someone needs to be held responsible and you certainly should not be paying this bill for the botched surgeries!!

I know it doesn't help Zoe as far as acknowledging what was done wrong. At least you do know what was done incorrectly and, hopefully, with new information your specialist will be able to make things better for Zoe.

  Much needed chemo is being delayed and the amputation will have been for nothing if we can't get the chemo started soon

As you know, there are no guarantees with Chemo one way or another. Try not to worry about the delay with chemo as we see that happen fairly often sometimes for a variety of reasons. Sometimes there can be an infection from surgery and it needs to be delayed, or maybe the pet hasn't really regained good Mobility or eating habits, or maybe there is a low blood count that delays the chemo for another week or so. You are still within a reasonable time frame for getting started. You are exactly right though, this situation needs to be cleared up first so Zoe can be at a better place recovery wise before doing the chemo.

For now all you can do is move forward with the new information you have. And is rotten as it is for all this to have happened, at least you do have some answers and better solutions and treatment should be forthcoming.

Please stay connected and update as you can. We are all cheering for Zoe to finally get past all of these hurdles, get past recovery and start being able to be Zoe again.


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!

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I have an appointment with the regular vet in an hour.....don't really have a choice as she needs her 2 x daily antibiotic injections....I will get the injections done tomorrow at the specialist.  Going to be really hard to be in the same room with him now that this second surgery also appears to be botched.  I think they should be paying for the specialist treatment she now requires due to their negligence.  I'm so shaken up by the fact Zoe and I have been going through this for 10 days now and am not thinking straight, but my current thoughts are that I have to change regular vets after tomorrow's specialist appointment?  Would appreciate other's thoughts.

As for the further info he gave me re not leaving pockets around the lymph nodes, I can't help but think he's likely messed up in other ways too that I don't yet know about.  Yesterday he seemed to be saying that he may have spread the cancer by how he removed the lymph nodes?  I brought her to two different oncologists for 2 opinions ffs....I would have had a surgeon do the surgery if he hadn't told me he was able to do it.  Mad at myself for not waiting and having a surgeon do it and mad at him for telling me he could do it when he really wasn't qualified to do it.

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21 April 2024 - 6:04 pm
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I'm so sorry about this situation Naomi. Not sure I really understand everything that has happened, but I can't blame you for being so upset about the confusing way everything has been handled.

How did your other vet appointment go? Also, what part of the world are you located in? Just curious.

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