Does anyone have any experience with this type of surgery?
My dog developed an infection in the bone attached to the nail of the medial toe on her left foot. It had to amputated two days ago. I'm curious what others may have experienced for recovery from this.
At first, it appeared to be a skin infection. It started on June 29th with the toe swelling and her showing some lameness, we started Epsom salt soaks with iodine. Had her seen by an on call vet on the 30th when it was worse, he x-rayed it, no abnormalities were seen. He started her on an antibiotic, said to continue the soaks. Took her back to him the next day when the whole foot swelled and the skin started weeping fluid. He gave her a shot of antibiotics and changed the oral antibiotics to a stronger one and started her on a steroid. To make a long story short, prior to the amputation on the 16th, she had been seen by a vet, either the initial on call vet or the ortho vet treating her CCL injury 7 times in 18 days, with the toe being examined every time. The toe was not healing and her nail was starting to deteriorate. The ortho vet x-rayed it 2 days ago and it was visible on the x-ray that the bone had a notch in it. He recommended amputation and I agreed, knowing the bone would not heal and we did not want the infection to spread. He saved the toe and showed me the hole in it, a lot of bone had been eaten away. I asked prior to surgery that a culture and sensitivity be done, we will not get the results of that for a couple more days.
Anyone ever experience anything like this?