Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Setback confirmed

I talked to Dr. Kolar about 9:30 today.  He said there are a few places on Sweetheart's leg that he feels are infected.  She is running a fever.  He gave her an injection of antibiotics and is going to put off spaying her for at least a few days.  He is also going to leave the bandage off of her leg to allow air to get to it and hopefully accelerate the healing process.  Dr. Kolar is going to try to keep from putting a halo collar on her but if she starts really bothering  the leg it he will have to put one on.

I let Dr. Kolar know that we aren't in any hurry for the spay and that if it needs to be put off for a few weeks that is no problem.  The important thing is making sure the infection goes away in that leg.  I would hate to see her lose that leg after how much progress she has made on it.  I doubt that will happen but I am not taking any chances.  Plus, I do not want to spay her if she has an infection, I would worry it would further compromise her health.

I may see Sweetheart today.  I am going to the OKC Animal Shelter in a little while to look at a dog that might be a greyhound.  If it is, Fasthound will take possession of the dog and I will take it to Dr. Kolar's for boarding and vetting.  If I do, I will visit my little peanut and see how she is doing.  Poor little girl, I hate that she is hurting but she is in the best of care right now!

So, Sweetheart will remain at Dr. Kolar's for at least another few days.  I am glad she is there and is able to have that bandage off.  I imagine her leg feels a lot better without that thing on it!

9 comments:

  1. How did she get an infection this late in the game? Poor baby!

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  2. Who knows! Probably from the leg being wrapped so long without getting air to it. I think when you have wounds like this being treated for so long infection is just a risk that is always there. Hopefully we caught it early and she will be just fine!

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  3. My Sadie got an infection quite a bit after a bandage/splint came off. She is intolerable to anti-biotics, so that was fun. Keeping paws crossed. Do you have a stool guard to go in the muzzle? I have used that to keep my pups from chewing. Those collars just don't work very well on these greyhounds. Will be watching for updates!

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  4. Still got my fingers crossed for Sweetheart to make a speedy recovery.

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  5. Erika ,Mom to MortyNovember 16, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Ohhh no , I had not been on this Website for a few Days as we had some Beautiful Fall Days and I am constantly on the go . I am keeping my Fingers crossed , that this sweet Baby is healing well .

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  6. yeah a yard muzzle with stool guard seems to be the best way to stop dogs bothering their wounds... hopefully she won't need one though.

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  7. Muzzle with a stool guard works but you gotta keep the outside of it fairly clean so that she doesn't get stuff in the wound. I prefer not to use a muzzle because it just seems like punishment (not that the cone of shame doesn't). I hope the wound dries up enough that she can come home with no bandage, no halo, no muzzle and no oozy ickyness!!

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  8. Praying for Sweetheart & sending lots of healing wishes her way!!

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  9. Aww! Poor Sweetheart! I guess we all have to have one or two setbacks along the way. She's done so well, I know this is just a little bump in the road!

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