You do what you have to

Discussion in 'General Mastiff Discussion' started by Smokeycat, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. Smokeycat

    Smokeycat Well-Known Member

    Well, it's kinda hard to say. It looks really good but I noticed discharge so I did a full flush cleaning last night and it seems that a new layer inside may have opened and is draining. The possibility still exists that the surface tissue may slough off as it is not normal.
     
  2. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    Ugh. You must be frustrated.
     
  3. Smokeycat

    Smokeycat Well-Known Member

    That's one way to put it. I did manage to panic myself one day. I came home and panicked because it didn't look like he had a sock on. I completely forgot that I used the one black sock instead of one of the grey ones. Made me realize that unfortunately the sock has become normal now.
     
  4. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    Just checking to see how he's doing.
     
  5. Bailey's Mom

    Bailey's Mom Super Moderator Staff Member

    Poor fellow! I'm so sorry that this healing is taking so long, it is beyond frustrating for both of you, and I expect financially draining. I forget, Smokeycat, do you have dod health insurance?
     
  6. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    So what's the news now? It's been over a month. Are we all good yet?
     
  7. Smokeycat

    Smokeycat Well-Known Member

    I would love to say yes but it is still back and forth. It doesn't appear to have an infection anymore but it still opens and closes. Sometimes due to the bandage change, like yesterday, other times it will be closed for a few days and then reopen. To add to it the lump on the other rear foot had drainage around new years so I wrapped it too and while the drainage has stopped, I wasn't able to find the hole it came from even, that lump has gone from solid to soft and is decreasing in size.
    We might be getting close to needing to do surgery on the one that won't close but the vet's not sure that there would be enough normal skin to close it completely so we could still be dealing with an open wound.
     
  8. Smokeycat

    Smokeycat Well-Known Member

    I do have insurance for him.
     
  9. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    I was hoping for better news. Please keep us updated. Even if there's no update. Hugs to you and your big boy.
     
  10. Sheila Braund

    Sheila Braund Well-Known Member

    Oh my goodness poor baby.... and mommy too! ... it seems to be an up hill battle!
    I went threw something like this with a cat rescue.... I got so fed up .... the vet did too. He wanted to take the cats back leg... the wound was a large gash and the cat had licked it to the bone.... so I took the cat home to decide to have the leg amputated or put the cat down.
    I really was at wits end.... then I remember a trick my grandmother use to use on me with slivers .... I wouldn’t tell anyone until they were infected..... she would use a bread poultice.... bread with a bit of milk and a pinch of salt.... she would warm it up on the double boiler make it into a very thick paste and put it on my wound over night.... it would pull the sliver and infection out... so I did the same for the cat.... within 3 days the wound was 1/2 the size and didn’t have such an angry redness to it.... within a week it was closed! Took the cat back to the vet.... he couldn’t believe how well the keg was doing.... he never believed me that I used an old Irish home remedy.... he said that I couldn’t have done that... because it would have made the wound fester more.... well he was wrong and my cat had all 4 legs and his life.
    I’m not telling you this so that you’ll do the bread poultice... just telling you because our fur babies sometimes surprises us.
    Sending healing wishes with lots of love.
     
  11. Bailey's Mom

    Bailey's Mom Super Moderator Staff Member

    Thank GOD and Dog for that blessing!
     

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