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7 April 2022 - 9:23 am
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Update:  Unfortunately the infection in Sheldon's elbow has gotten worse.  Yesterday there was some more necrotic tissue found right on the pressure point of his elbow, probably due to it not getting enough blood flow.  He's been lying on it most of the time.  This caused one of his sutures to become undone.  He was sedated and the vet further debrided the dead tissue and cleaned out the wound and packed it with a calcium alginate dressing.  The hope here is to allow the wound to heal openly through a process called secondary intention with the alginate dressing that is further wrapped with gauze and vet tape.  Meaning they don't want to suture it closed (primary intention) and trap any infectious bacteria inside.  The goal is to allow the antibiotics time to clear the infection and allow proper healing.  The alginate dressing will absorb the excess fluid and it forms a protective gel to promote further healing.  Pretty interesting as these dressings are made from seaweed!

He's also got a fairly elaborate padding arrangement made from pipe insulation wrapped around his lower forelimb to try to elevate and prevent the elbow from directly taking on his weight or impact when he lies down.  One of the vet techs actually ran out to Lowes to get it!  The dressing / padding arrangement will need to changed by the vet every few days.  We go back tomorrow for the next check.  I'm glad they will do it as they can also monitor the progress.  It's going to take time but we're hopefull we can get this under control.

We're still awaiting the new culture results but he's now on a new antibiotic called SMZ TMP in addition to the Baytril he's been on for about a week.  This may be tailored again pending the new results.

Also I'm not sure if this will affect his next chemo appointment next week - I'll need to discuss with the oncologist if we want him to still have the chemo with all of this or not.

The amputation was a walk in the park compared to this.  The bright side is he still seems to be handling it in stride - my true warrior!

Virginia




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7 April 2022 - 9:43 am
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You give that sweet true warrior a great big kiss for us and lots of extra treats, okay?

Such a bummer you were still having to deal with this. Thanks for sharing so much detail about what's going on . It was quite informative and  interesting.

If I can find the link we had a member who created a cabbage poultice, or paste type mixture  that did wonders for this type of thing

Translation...JERRY can you find what In referencing😎😎

So glad Sheldon  is being his happy self👍

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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!

Virginia




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7 April 2022 - 9:47 am
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Heres one link on manuka honeyYou give that sweet true warrior a great big kiss for us and lots of extra treats, okay?

Such a bummer you were still having to deal with this. Thanks for sharing so much detail about what's going on . It was quite informative and  interesting.

If I can find the link we had a member who created a cabbage poultice, or paste type mixture  that did wonders for this type of thing

Translation...JERRY can you find what In referencing😎😎

So glad Sheldon  is being his happy self👍

Hugs

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Heres one link on manuka honey

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!

Virginia




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7 April 2022 - 9:51 am
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Okay...I'm screwing up my replies....

Trying to add amanuka honey link and cabbage link

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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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7 April 2022 - 11:16 am
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Aww sweet Sheldon! I'm soooo sorry you guys are dealing with this much longer than anyone hoped. I'm so impressed by your vet team though, they are so inventive! Can I ask where he is getting treated? You may have mentioned that earlier, sorry if I forgot.

Please keep us posted. I really admire all of your patience and great attitude going through this. Good job!!!! smiley_clap

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7 April 2022 - 1:24 pm
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Hi Jerry, for his elbow he's getting treated at Tufts Veterinary in Grafton, MA.  For his amputation and chemo we are using Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in E. Greenwich, RI.  Both places are under 45 minutes drive for us so at least it's somewhat manageable.

The vet just called with the new culture results and bacteria he has is resilient to the Baytril and SMZ TMP.  We'll stop those and now that they've identified the strain, tomorrow they will be administering an injectionable one (don't recall the name) at his bandage change.

I'm trying to keep positive but it's really hard with all the complications.  We're not out of the woods yet.  One day at a time...

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7 April 2022 - 6:11 pm
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Thanks for the vet info.

Oh man I'm sorry he's got resilient bacteria. Aggh! But you know, he can't be in better hands. Tufts knows what to do. They are ON IT. Sometimes vets wait too long to verify the bacteria in a situation like this. I'm so glad they were able to check it so quickly. We love teaching hospitals!

One day at a time exactly. We occasionally see other dogs have complications and as long as the vet is on top of the situation, it's eventually fixed. Sheldon has a good team. Together you can do this! 

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8 April 2022 - 6:39 pm
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Update:  so today we went in for his dressing/bandage change and no further damage from his infection was found.  They put in some temporary loose sutures to try to close and stabilize the wound further and then packed it up with the alginate dressing.  On top of that more of the pipe insulation padding.  The vets at Tufts are really creative!

He’s now on a new injectable antibiotic today called Amikacin which is supposed to be effective against this bacteria strain he has.  Starting tomorrow I’ll be giving it to him once a day at home.  Our vet showed me how to do it and even had me practice on him with injecting some sterile saline solution to get a feel for it.  She is awesome!

this will be injected once a day for the next 5-7 days (10 days max)

One of the potential side effects of Amikacin is increased kidney levels.  They did a baseline blood test today and all of his levels were perfect!

They will monitor his kidney function from daily urine samples that I’ll collect and drop off.  Good thing is that if his levels do rise, they can be lowered once he’s off of them.

Overall a good day today and hopefully he’s turned the corner!

He continues to take all of this in stride and he’s become a little celebrity at Tufts.  The staff there are all pulling for him😀 

Cheers!

-Rob

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8 April 2022 - 7:55 pm
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AMD we're  pulling  for him too!!!  Sheldon really does have a wonderful  team caring for hin... and a wonderful hooman advocating  for him.

Quite an informative  update.  This will be quite helpful  as, unfortunately,  others there is a likelihood  that others will face th9s at some point too.

Thanks for keeping us updated.  Overall, pretty darn good!!

Higs

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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8 April 2022 - 10:14 pm
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Way to go! Team Sheldon ROCKS!!!

It is so helpful to know how they are handling this. And, about the injectable antibiotic. Just call yourself Nurse Rob.

Your boy is a celebrity here too. We learn so much from members' experiences, especially when things like this happen. Thankfully it didn't get out of control before the resistance was found, so it's only a matter of time until he can get back to doing what he loves best.

Have a nice, restful weekend.

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11 April 2022 - 5:20 pm
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Update:  today’s bandage change showed no further damage and the wound appears about the same.  It’s still going to take some time but at least it appears stable.

He’s been on the amikacin now for 4 days with another 3 to go.  I’m getting pretty good doing the injections!👍

Good news is that his urine test results are still normal and show no signs of kidney damage.  So we’re good to continue with it.  I’ll take that as a small win.

Our oncologist recommended postponing his next chemo treatment which was supposed to be this week until next week.  We'll see how this week goes.

His next check and bandage change is this Thursday.  Fingers toes and paws crossed for some progress.  Stay tuned…

Cheers!

Rob

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11 April 2022 - 6:58 pm
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Stable is good!  Stable urine test is good!  

Hopefully things are only going upward and onward from here.  Our paws and toes are crossed for good luck too🤞

And yeah, putting off next chemo makes really good sense.

Hugs

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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11 April 2022 - 9:55 pm
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Rob those sound like a few really big wins! I'm so happy for you guys! Delaying chemo makes sense, his body is going through so much right now. Healing takes energy. He's got it!

Just curious, what gauge needle are you using? And did your vet supply them? I had a heck of a time finding some for our Wyatt Ray 's Adequan injections. Had to beg for some from the human pharmacy because our vet clinic didn't have the gauge the ortho vet preferred.

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12 April 2022 - 5:00 am
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Hi Jerry, our vet supplied us with the syringes already pre-filled and needles already attached.  All I have to do is remove the cap and make the injection.  The needles are 22ga.

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12 April 2022 - 11:40 am
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Oh wow amazing! Gotta love that vet!

22g needles are standard I think. For some reason our vet wanted 20g and they were sooo hard to find.

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