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Heather Greisinger | 2 years ago
My 6 Yr Old Indoor Only Cat Had A Puncture Wound Mid August. Not…

My 6 yr old indoor only cat had a puncture wound mid August. Not really sure how it happened but could have been our 17 yr old grumpy cat. The vet put her on antibiotics for 10 days and it seemed to heal. Mid September it opened back up with puss. Our vet did surgery to clean it out and put in drainage tube and more antibiotics . Tube stayed in for 3 days stitches for 12 days. Shortly after ending the antibiotics the wound started to open at both ends with more puss. The vet did a culture and changed the antibiotics. Several weeks later still not healed and still a little puss and seeping. He put her back on the original antibiotics and has us doing warm compress 3x day. 10 days back on the old antibiotics and it’s still not healed. He doesn’t seem that concerned that it’s been 3 months. Should it really take this long?

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello,
I agree with you that this is a very long time for the wound to heal (or not heal). Please express your concern to your vet and if you aren’t satisfied with the answer seek a second opinion. In some cases these wounds need to be explored, cultured and then a long course of antibiotics. In rare cases a referral to a surgeon is needed. I hope this helps. Good luck. Let us know what happens.

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Codey Myers | 2 years ago
My Dog Was Recently Attacked And Wanted Advice. For Those Uninterested In The Back Story…

My dog was recently attacked and wanted advice. For those uninterested in the back story, skip the next section to the one below it.

My 9yr old Yorkie mix pupper, named Emilee, has been a joy since the day I held her in the palm of my hand as a puppy. Extremely smart, loving, obediant, lazy, playful, and quirky. Brother, his wife, and their 5 dogs moved in due to circumstances. I voiced my opinions on their dogs behavior and the fact they were undisciplined. Unfortunately, my mother talked me down from standing my ground. Months later we have a family get together. One of my brother’s dogs attacked Emilee at the family gathering. Everybody had been staying over for the week, nobody there the dogs hadn’t seen before, and the attack happened right beneath our feet in the kitchen. Pretty close to food bowls I’ll add. No growling, no warning, just attacking. She grabbed Emilee by the throat and began to turn her over, I know I’m not “supposed” to get between fighting dogs but saw my dogs face and just reacted. I twisted her collar up and pried open her jaw as others did what they had to do. Since we were right there the fight maybe lasted 20-30 seconds. The dog was immediately taken outside by brother after she let go, rolled over and peed showing she gave up. Took Emilee into my room and combed through her hair, found a 1 inch gash in her neck and loaded her up in the car to take her to the vet. While I get to the vet my brothers dog attacked him while he was loving on her and he had to shoot her unfortunately. All the paperwork for shots and so on was current. Come to find out later I had been lied to (sister in law finally told me) and she had previously been doing this to neighborhood dogs for no apparent reason. I’d never have allowed a dog with that behavior into my home if I’d known otherwise. Anyways, a one inch gash and a puncture wound, several stitches, and two tubes in her neck. The tubes come out tomorrow (thank God).

5 days after the attack, my pupper still isn’t quite herself. I want advice on things to do to acclimate her back to being comfortable at home and around familiar dogs. I know it hasn’t been long, took her with me on a business trip to get some quality time and because I only trust myself for my dogs care. Especially since the attack happened in our home, at my feet nonetheless. She still follows basic commands, such as calling her, still understands when I snap my fingers or make a short hiss that I mean business and needs to follow direction. Still does all of her tricks if I offer up a treat. However she is overly anxious, especially in the kitchen, fearful of other dogs (even her buddy Koo Koo who was raised with her), stopped eating, will only drink when I bring her to the bowl. On the trip she did pretty well, tubes gave her discomfort, puppy drugs, and new place led to some cautious behavior which is understandable. But at home she only stays on the couch, sometimes burying her head when another dog comes up. If I get her to the kitchen, she shivers, licks lips, yawns, claws at me, and I’ll sit with her and calm her down. Talk to her and love her till she stops but then it’s back to the couch immediately. Won’t eat unless she hasn’t eaten in a couple days and then it’s human food not dog food. I believe in a firm hand but a fair one too when it comes to obediance and training. But I’ve never had to nurture a pupper. Yes I raised her and I’m a softy for dogs, but I’m consistent and firm. I’ve been giving in a bit more to coddling when we returned home, carrying her to water, picking her up when she starts freaking, but I don’t want her to become needy ( I know sounds kinda bad). She’s always been smart and kind of independent, she does her thing, I do mine, and we’ll meet in the middle for play time and bed. Should I be more lenient? Should I stand my ground and try to root out these anxious behaviors? And how? Do I continue our kitchen floor therapy sessions or is there a better method someone can think of?

All in all, I don’t want her to be afraid of the food bowl, other familiar dogs, of the kitchen, and wanna do all I can for her. Thats why I’m here looking for brainstorming ideas for therapy since I’ve always been able to avoid these situations in the past. Thank you for your time and patience reading through all this. Just concerned for my puppers mental health and well-being.

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Sarah
1 year ago

Good morning? I am so, so sorry for this entire situation! With the living situation so tricky right now, it might be more difficult. First and foremost, this is your dogs house. So the other dogs (especially since you said they lack manners) should, in my opinion, be treated like guests. I would invest in some baby gates. We have baby gates up at the moment as we have added 2 new rescues in the last few months, and they really help keep things in order. I would gate off an area if possible, where only your dog is allowed.this… Read more »

Laura
1 year ago

If you don’t have any other dogs, and the dogs in question are visitors, I would send everyone else home for awhile. Let YOUR dog get comfortable in her own home again without the risk of getting pounced on by a larger beast.

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Brianna Miller | 2 years ago
I Have A 2 And A Half Year Old Gray Female Cat Named Elvis. About…

I have a 2 and a half year old gray female cat named Elvis. About a week ago she started limping. I took her to the vet and they said her hips aren’t in the perfect position, they are not dislocated just not in a perfect position. She is still walking but limits it. She no longer runs around and plays. She is still eating, drinking and using the bathroom fine. The vet said it would cost 1,000+ to do more test to get a actual diagnosis if it doesn’t get better in a couple weeks. There are no wounds or cuts on her paws. I’m just wondering what could possibly cause this. I feel so horrible, just want my baby to be ok again.

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello,
I think a few things might be helpful. First and absolutely most important make sure your cat is at a good weight. If not change the diet (I always rec changing to wet food if on dry). And ask for a referral to either a feline only vet or an orthopedic surgeon.

Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Also ask about cosequin/dasaquin for cats

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Paige Myers | 2 years ago
I Have Guinea Pig That I Found An Open Wound Or Absence On His Side…

I have Guinea pig that I found an open wound or absence on his side about 3 days ago and i’m wondering if it’s life threatening and what it is and what to do because it keeps getting worse and it’s scabed over but it looks pusy and nasty.

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Sarah
1 year ago

Good morning ?If you have been treating it, and it is getting worse, then a trip to the vet is necessary. Especially now that it is infected (the puss a number 1 indicator of probable infection). A small animal, such as this,can get into big trouble, very quickly if infection sets in. Please call your vet right away, and good luck.

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Danielle Jacob | 2 years ago
I Have A Cat That Keeps Getting In Fights And Now Has A Wound That…

I have a cat that keeps getting in fights and now has a wound that is causing his eye to be swollen shut and have no money to take him to the vet. Any advice out their to help him get better?

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Sarah
2 years ago

Hi there, I’m really sorry that you are strapped for cash right now, but getting your cat to a vet ASAP is imperative. The longer you wait, the worse your situation will be… and more costly. You’ve no idea if the other cat was carry8ng disease that your cat is now infected with. Your cat could very well end up losing their eye the longer you wait. As far as the cat fights and how to avoid them, keep your cat indoors and make sure they are spayed or neutered. If you truly cannot afford a vet visit at this… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Is he neutered? Can’t you keep him inside where he’s safer? Please reach out to all local rescues for assistance and advice. It sounds like he needs an antibiotic and pain medication. Please do not give anything OTC to cats. Especially for pain. Most human medications are very toxic to cats.

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Sandra McDonald | 2 years ago
What Is Safe To Bathe My Dogs With Fresh Bite Wounds?

What is safe to bathe my dogs with fresh bite wounds?

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Sarah
2 years ago

Keeping a wound clean is important. However, it is more important that bite wounds be checked by your vet. Especially if they were from a dog fight or wild animal- I would call my vet and schedule an appointment if you haven’t already.

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2 years ago

I concur – get your dogs checked by your vet ASAP, and ask your vet for the best cleaning option for your situation. I hope your dogs are ok.

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Chris Gisler | 2 years ago
I Have A Miniature Golden Doodle That Was Spayed A Week And A Half Ago…

I have a miniature golden doodle that was spayed a week and a half ago. She has a bulge near the surgical site. The external wound is healing well without signs of dehiscence. We took her to the vet and were told that this was a seroma. I am concerned that it might be a hernia. How can you tell the difference in a dog?

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Sarah
2 years ago

If you are concerned, I would call the vet back and thoroughly explain what you are worried about. If you are still nervous, explain that and let them know your thoughts.

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

A hernia is an opening in the body wall. A seroma is a fluid pocket between the body wall and the skin. They “feel” different. Your vet can tell you which is which.

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

I agree with Sarah. This is a question for the vet you paid to do the surgery.

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, Well I would assume that they do both feel the same. Depending on the size of the seroma you want to try to get your fingers under the skin and under the fluid pocket (seromas are usually very soft and fluctuate) to feel the edges of the linea alba and the suture line there. If I am uncomfortable with feeling confident about this then an ultrasound or draining the seroma to get a better feel is an option. As a matter of professional decorum it is always imperative to me that every client feel confident in their pets care… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

I am not a fan of compression wraps unless there’s bleeding.

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Shelley Pooley | 2 years ago
My 7 Year Old Pointer/Golden Retriever Mix Is 7 Days Post-surgery Where She Had A…

My 7 year old Pointer/Golden Retriever mix is 7 days post-surgery where she had a lump removed from her leg and another from her shoulder area. The incision on her leg came open two days post-op and she developed cellulitis, for which she was given antibiotics. The wound on her shoulder was deep, and the lump was located near her rib cage. A drain was put in that was removed 3 days ago. Until this morning, the wound continued to drain quite a bit of pinkish fluid. This morning it appeared that the wound had dried up. Now, I am noticing that there is swelling near the drain site. It is not hot, and it doesn’t cause my dog any pain when I touch it. I am wondering if this could be a seroma. Since she is on antibiotics and acting normally, I am wondering if she is OK to wait until the vet is back in the office tomorrow to have her checked out since today is a holiday. Thank you!

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
The most reliable way to identify a seroma is to draw fluid from the area and look at it. If it doesn’t look like infection and your dogvus acting normally you can probably wait until tomorrow. But if your dog is acting sick or the area appears infected try to go to the vet ASAP.

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Bobbie Ehrenfeld | 2 years ago
What Is The Best Way To Treat An Open Wound From A Dog Fight?

What is the best way to treat an open wound from a dog fight?

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

The best way is to see your vet for help. In my opinion EVERY dog fight wound is infected and EVERY wound needs a vet for assessment, antibiotics and pain medication. I should also mention that in many states not getting help can be considered neglectful and in many states this can be punishable. Please get help for your dog Iif they have a wound.

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Dana Merino | 2 years ago
My Husky Was Fixed Close To 3 Weeks Ago. She Had To Wear Her Megaphone…

My husky was fixed close to 3 weeks ago. She had to wear her megaphone for all that time. They glued her wound, so it kept coming open at it is a jagged very sloppy incision. She played and snuggled and loved us and was onery and would get it off. It was a game to her cuz then we’d have to snuggle her and sneak it on her. Yesterday was the big day to take it off. I was so excited and she was a mamas girl. I took it off and was loving and rubbing her head and was gently talking her through it. I thought she’d attack me with kisses and lovvens. Quit thee opposite. She walked into her kennel, which is only ever used when we’re gone, and I don’t work. It’s only used when we’re all gone. If any of the teens stay home she don’t need to be in it. So she walks in there to lay down, and hasn’t come out since. She knows the words outside and would get all jumpy and excited, now her ears barely perk up. So I haven’t gotten her to go potty since yeasterday around 4pm. Even last night after I did my shot it’s me and her outside time while I smoke. She will go potty and then sit next to me while I chat on the phone petting her. She’s not even interested in “cookies.” Which she LOVES puppy cookies and treats. Should I be worried. I do notice she didn’t sleep that much when she had the cone, cuz it was uncomfortable and she always restles, but still slept with me and suddenly last night she didn’t. It worries me cuz she is such a mamas girl, that this uninterested demeanor has me super worried….I even have her crate in the living room. So she’s with me or at least see us all. Oh just so you can know her age, she will be 3 July 5th. The surgery was being spayed.

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2 years ago

I’d call the vet, to be quite honest. Especially if she hasn’t urinated or defecated since yesterday…this could become an emergency quickly.