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21st-Sep-2009 04:54 pm
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Please to be enjoying these album covers.  I found them greatly amusing:


It won't stop raining here.  People have died in the floods.  Trees are falling.  Canopies over gas station pumps are collapsing under the weight of the water.  Trailer homes, buses and cars are being swept into rivers and streams like pine needles.  This is serious business.

My dog recently had surgery - lost two toes and part of her foot, had a mass removed from her eyelid, and also had a swollen lymph node removed.  She is Frankendog, all covered in stitches and shaved in weird places.  Her go-home bandage was Tiffany blue, but today she got a new bandage, and I hear that it's black.  I'm calling it her formalwear, but it might not be as fancy as I imagine it is.

While two of the sutured areas are fine so far, the vet said her foot isn't doing as well as they had hoped -  it's greatly inflamed and red where the stitches are, and the smell is notsogood.  She suspects that the bandage and splint being "much too tight" caused these problems,  which makes me so fucking mad, because that means for 4 days our girl was suffering more than she needed to, and we had no idea.  I've had bandages on too tight before, and said, "OW, TOO TIGHT!" and adjusted them.  It makes me ill to think about her feeling that way for days, and not being able to do something about it.  

Also, we were told to never, ever, ever, EVER let the bandages get wet, which has been challenging in this weather to say the least, considering that she has no choice but to go out and pee while standing in puddles.  But, we managed to keep that foot dry, only to find out that while she was in a cage after surgery at the vet's office for a day and a half, they did not have the bandages covered, and she peed all over them.  Which was why the bandages smelled like pee.  Which we thought was just that rubbery smell that you get with latex stuff, but no...it was pee.  And when Charles asked if getting pee on her bandages the day of or after surgery, and not having the bandages changed was a major problem, the vet said no.  Which is weird, considering how I was told to pretty much fly her by helicopter to the nearest emergency vet this weekend if her foot got wet at all, with water.  Doesn't pee sound like a worse thing to get on bandages than water?  Am I crazy, here?  I know "they" say that urine is sterile, but really, that's only while it's still in the bladder.  Once it's out, Germ City.  But it's probably fine.  Since it's the vet's fault, it shouldn't cause her any problems.  

This dog had better be okay, or heads will roll.  We have to wait for biopsies to come back, and all I want to hear is "Cancer Free!  YAY!" so that I don't have to go all Cujo on someone's ass.  Her fascinating and riveting journey through surgical recovery is being captured here, if anyone cares to see something as exciting as a dog wearing a bandage, and napping a lot:   


I love her stupid, y'all.

21st-Sep-2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
I can't believe the Vet or the assistants allowed the bandage to get wet. Let's just pray that she starts healing quickly when she is home. If you don't see results maybe another vet is needed? I'll be praying for Cancer Free! She's hard not to love even from afar. They gave her antibiotics and pain med right? Did they give you any other rules? She doesn't need a sling for support when she is up? They have them and maybe it will help? Not sure how much pressure should be on it. They say try to keep the pups from running around. After she starts feeling better. Now hopefully she will nap a lot and her body will heal. Hopefully though, it will just start getting better because she is home and she I am sure is happy to be with her Mommy and Daddy! I tell yah her eyes are just the cutest most soulful doggie eyes ever. Give her lots and lots of hugs and kisses.

You've been really brave Lisa!
22nd-Sep-2009 01:45 am (UTC)
follow-up question to this person's inquiry: is it in a spoon splint? if so, she should be okay to walk around on it. however if you are concerned you can make a makeshift sling with a towel (is it a front or rear foot?). if you have any questions or concerns lisa, just let me know and i can answer them or i can check with one of the other vet techs at work or one of our doctors to get some answers for ya! hope the pup's doing well.
22nd-Sep-2009 01:52 am (UTC)
helps when i look at the pictures: hind foot and it doesn't look like there's a slpint. if you're worried, it wouldn't hurt to use a sling. just fold or roll a towel the long way and run it under her belly to provide support for her hind quarters to keep that foot from bearing too much weight. our little guys and gals bounce back much faster than we do, but even then feet can take a long time to heal.

side note: the rain is getting tiresome isn't it? my poor sinuses are trying to heal from a bad cold and the rain is NOT helping, plus all the road closings, collapsed roads and brindges, not to mention deaths. ugh! and it's still not quite over yet.
21st-Sep-2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
I know I can't do much more than sympathy over the net, but you have SO much. This sounds horrible.
22nd-Sep-2009 01:42 am (UTC)
they didn't change the pee-soaked bandage? no offense to your vet, but that's not accaptable - we'd never let that fly at the vet's office i work at.

as far as keeping it dry, ask your vet for an empty IV fluids bag (an empty lactated ringer bag). they are thick plastic and you can cut off the end where the IV line is attached to make a booty - just rubberband it at the top (LOOSLY!) or tie it on with string or gauze when you want to go out. instant rain boot for doggy! we send them home with clients all the time and use them in the clinc for dogs staying there who have bandaged feet.
23rd-Sep-2009 12:04 am (UTC)
OMG I know exactly how you feel about the bandage being much too tight. Toby had knee surgery years ago and the cast they put on was also 'much too tight' and when they changed it a few days later he had a sore where a fold of bandaging under the cast had slipped down and worn a hole in his leg. Eight years later he still does not have hair on that scar, even though every other major surgery (and he's had lots!) has re-haired over the scars nicely.

Many kisses between the eyes to Mackenzie!
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