Dr. G called today...Hurley is perfect!! Just a small infection probably caused from him scratching at his head. He does not need anymore antibiotics!! Dr. Genovese said this is the best news!! Hurley is to continue on his ointment for two weeks and he will be fine!! He is negative for MRSA...!! They did two cytology tests on him and both were negative! ! So HAPPY...!!! This is the best news ever....!! His Meet and Greet is going to be wonderful...!
It has been a roller-coaster ride since Riley's SHO surgery on the left front leg December 29th.
Riley was healing beautifully until the middle of February when we had a horrible set back. X-Rays in the sixth week of recovery showed that the metal plate had moved off of the bone and three screws were broken. Dr. Philibert, the bone specialist from Ottawa, performed an emergency surgery the very next day. We were very fortunate that the other five screws had held fast and the partially healed bone had not moved out of alignment. Dr. Philibert had to drill new holes in the bone to reposition the metal plate. He also removed bone marrow from Riley's left hind leg to fill in the original holes. An external fixator was attached to Riley's front leg to provide more support while the bone continued to heal. The external fixator is a metal brace on the outside of the leg, screwed into the bone in four places...a hideous contraption to say the least.
Last Monday, March 21st, the x-rays showed that the bone was 90% healed, the metal plate and screws are already fused to the bone. Apparently the bone marrow would have assisted with the speed of healing. Dr. Philibert was very pleased indeed with what he saw, and is amazed with Riley's strength and energy.
Tuesday the external fixator came off! We were so happy to see the end of that! A mild sedative was all that was needed to remove the screws, and already the holes are healing nicely. And...that silly hat is off of Riley's head...finally Riley can scratch his ears!
We continue to follow a very strict schedule, four walks each day, twenty minutes each walk until the middle of April, then we will be able to slowly go for longer walks monitoring Riley's comfort level. Riley's range of motion and muscle need to be built up; we will be going to a Canine Physiotherapist starting next week. It is not over yet, but each day shows remarkable improvement.
Riley's right front leg has taken quite a beating during all this, and Dr. Philibert is hoping to do this leg in two or three months; how Riley is walking on the left leg and how much bone damage has been done to the right leg will all determine the date for the next surgery.
The original cost of the one leg was $3,500; we have gone $1,500 over our budget on this first surgery due to the set back...we have had to use some of the money we saved for the second surgery...but we have some time now to tuck more away in what we now call our Riley Account. It is amazing what one can learn to do without when faced with expenses like this has been.
Thank you to all who have donated. When I go into the Vet clinic and they tell me my balance in the Riley Account I am always amazed. When things seem so sad, I am reminded of the kindness and generosity of people...and I don't even know who these people are. I do know that the donations combined with the prayers and support from The Doodle Zoo has helped us through this ordeal, and I know will continue to help us through the next leg surgery.
Riley will walk and run like a Doodle is born to do; Dr. Philibert, Dr. Hunt, Riley's family and all of you who we now call our friends are going to make this happen. Thank you.
I just wanted to write to ask to have Keola taken off the Doodle Messenger. Since we had decided to wait to have her surgery until at least this summer, it gave us time to save money for the surgery. Our financial situation has also changed a little, as I got a different job and will not be in school full time. Since we can afford it better than most on the Messenger, I do not want to take any donations so that they can go to one of the other doodles.
The update and good news. As a result of hard work, a holistic approach to Trooper's OCD, meds, vitamins and the right exercise, Trooper seems to be better! According to dr. Kinney, it sounds like due to his young age and all of the above, the OCD scarred over and surgery probably won't be needed!! We are truly blessed as the surgery was still a long way off financially.
If anybody should ask, Trooper has been on Rimadyl, 2000 iu of Vitamin C, Vitamin E daily. We limited his running (which was the hard work LOL) and exercised him on the stairs indoors. It all worked so far.
I think we can report Trooper as a success story on Doodle Messenger.
Let's hear it for the healing power of prayer and puppyhood