|Barked: Mon Nov 4, '13 12:51pm PST |
|Ill go ahead and post the whole progression here. It is quite long so warning there
This all started off as Zoe limping/holding her hind left paw in the air. I monitored it for a week and checked on it often, never being able to pinpoint the problem so I thought it was likely to be just a sprain or twist. One day when checking the paw i noticed the pad was detached which is what i thought was revealed as the injury that caused the limp.
I took her to the vet that night, and they decided to bandage her leg. This vet, in the end, turned out to be a HORRIBLE experience. It is a 24 hour emergency hospital. Anyways initially they told me to have her bandage changed in 7-10 days. I called back a few days later cause that seemed odd, and they told me to take her in and have it changed that day which I did.
They decided after a week or so to remove the bandage, and I monitored her/limited her activity. I noticed on Tuesday a lot of *****/sticky fluid inbetween her toes seemingly caused by a different pad. It did dry up by the time i got there and a vet tech came out, just glanced at it, and said it was fine. 2 days later i noticed the same thing, and took her back. This time was seemingly the only time a vet even looked at her, and noticed much much bigger problems. First off her whole leg was swollen, she also had wounds on the side of her foot, at least one other pad, and a wound that was very infected near the first bend of her leg, with dead skin covering it that would detach (hasnt yet) eventually. This vet shaved her leg, and opted not to bandage it, leave the wound exposed and for us to care for it by keeping it dry as well as doing epsom salt baths 3 times a day and gave us an antibiotic.
We did this, and took her back to see the same vet a few times, everything seemed to be improving, swelling was going down drastically, the dead skin was starting to detach etc. She wanted to do X-Rays to ensure the infection didnt impact the underlying bone at all and i agreed and the results showed it didnt. She suggested setting up a surgical consultation to consider closing the wound surgically. Me already being fed up with these hospital, because they simply didnt even notice this major wound on her leg after 5+ visits, decided to go elsewhere.
The next vet decided to bandage it, said surgery was a bad idea because there wasnt enough skin to work with and keep it closed, and gave us a stronger version of the same antibiotic as well as an anti-inflammatory and pain med.
Things have continued to progress negatively in some ways positively in others. The wound is now bleeding regularly which the vet says is a sign of it healing (she says its a normal/expected bleeding ulcer that will now heal).
The wound on the side of her foot has closed up, but is now hard, to me it sounded like like scar tissue but the vet seemed more concerned over it than i would have expected. The hind part or Zoe's leg also had some scarring, and she expected that would also start to bleed and maybe potentially fall off. However the last bandage change did indicate this, but there are also a few smaller cuts in the same area that raised the Vets concern.
Now also her front paw is showing signs or pad damage, a few of her toes had pads detach and fall off much like the hind leg did. Her pads are very dry, and ive recently bought some booties and started using 100% petrolium jelly on her to help remedy that.
The vet however seems to see a correlation between the pads on multiple feet having issues. Along with the additional small wounds near her hind leg. She seems to think there is potentially an auto-immune issue, where her immune system is attacking her own body.
Is this a feasible concern? Zoe does get crated over night, and she doesnt like it, so it seems like the back of her legs are possibly just being irritated by spending more time in the crate than usual, but perhaps im just downplaying that
I apologize for the wall of text, but there was a lot of info to give
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