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10 September 2020 - 6:29 pm
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Got more pain meds for the upcoming week. The vet asked that I keep him up to date with Ed’s mobility. After a nice long massage Ed had great energy and moved better on his pee outing tonight! However, I took off his T-shirt and noticed a lump which seems jiggly/fluid filled below his incision. Has anyone had experience with this? There has been no leaking and the incision looks good. I’m going to contact his vet in the morning about it. Wondering if the T-shirt collar, which kept hiking down while he lays down, was causing tightness creating fluid to pool up? I’m not sure. Every T-shirt I’ve tried slides down and his incision is exposed. Thankfully he leaves it alone. Not sure if there’s a better way to cover and protect it?

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10 September 2020 - 8:18 pm
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So glad you saw more mobiity improvement in his pee outing tonight.😎

Check out the word seroma on here.  It’s basically a lsack of fluid that forms near the amputation site.

It’s excess fluid that will be absorbed by his body generally in a couple of days.   But yeah, check with your Vet in the morning  and send a picture 

Keep doing  what you’re  doing as far as rest, massage and the antiinflmmatory.  Sounds like it’s working!

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11 September 2020 - 12:23 pm
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Yep, it sure does sound like a seroma and it’s totally normal. The fluid should absorb back into the body but if not, many people find that a modified compression shirt helps speed up the process. The Vet Med Wear Recovery Suit is an awesome alternative to using a t-shirt. We also love it to keep our Wyatt from getting to his occasional hot spots that crop up, so it serves double-duty.

I’m glad your vet extended the pain medication prescription! 

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12 September 2020 - 7:31 am
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Ed has had better mobility and energy the past two days. His appetite has been great as well. He’s back to soulfully singing to the harmonica and trying his hardest to not take his medication- all normal stuff for Ed! 
Ive been putting warm compresses on his seroma and continue to massage his neck and back. Vet is going to check out seroma early in the week if need be. 
My concern today is that yesterday he didn’t drink much water and this morning he is not interested in it again. 

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Hi Eddie and his pawrent, I love your name eddiespaghetti! I have not seen an Italian Spinone in a lifetime of years, they are awesome pupssp_hearticon2If he is not drinking for you, have you tried maybe some bone broth or low sodium chicken broth? Sometimes those things work well. Ice cubes can get them going too. You don’t even have to give him straight broth, sometimes just adding a bit to his water gets their taste buds going. I hope this helps some. Would love to see a picture of your boy if you have one. 

Adding photos can be a little tricky, just ask if you need help, ok? 

I am glad his limping is easing down, and it sounds like you are keeping up on that seroma really well sp_hearticon2

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Here is a link to help you add photos HERE

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