- Jul 4, 2009
Toby is doing all right. He got the bandages removed, so I finally got to take a looky at what they did to him. They took a whole chunk out, so this will take a while. But at least the wound stopped weeping, that made me a bit nervous.jmdirt said:How is Toby doing?
Thank you, Jay.JayKosta said:I'm glad he's doing OK.
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That's an excellent idea, Jay!JayKosta said:they're all good, and he'll be flashy looking!
You'll probably have some left for DIY projects!
Oh, yah, Toby will be stylin' with his new tape! :lol:Tricycle Rider said:Thank you, Jay.JayKosta said:I'm glad he's doing OK.
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Things could be going better with Toby - he had his stitches removed earlier this week, but the wound is slightly infected. So he's all bandaged up again and is back on antibiotics.
We have to use lots of additional tape (plus plastic bags) to wrap his leg so it stays dry when he goes out to pee in the rain, I'm glad I found a good deal on self-adhering sports tape at Amazon. At the store they charge $4 for a 2"x5' roll, at Amazon I paid only $14 for a pack of 12 rolls! (Given Toby's other vet bills I'm trying to save a buck where ever I can.)
Just look at the selection of dazzling colors, which one should I use first?
I'm peeing in the rain, still peeing in the rainjmdirt said:Oh, yah, Toby will be stylin' with his new tape! :lol:
Keep getting better pup!
As you know, I am all too aware of the mental/emotional toll sick furry kids have on us. Take care of Toby, but take care of yourself too!Tricycle Rider said:I'm peeing in the rain, still peeing in the rainjmdirt said:Oh, yah, Toby will be stylin' with his new tape! :lol:
Keep getting better pup!
What a glorious feeling, I'm happy again
I'm happy and free - as long as my owners wrap my leg correctly
I'm peeing in the rain!
(Lyrics submitted by Toby, production aided by yours truly, TR.)
But seriously, thank you all for your well-wishes, this has been much more stressful than I'd like to admit to myself at this time.
Toby is doing okay, he doesn't seem to be limping as much anymore. He has another appointment with his doc tomorrow, hopefully she'll be able to remove all of these godforsaken bandages.jmdirt said:Hey, how is Toby and his caregiver?
Good news!Tricycle Rider said:Update on Toby (cause I know you guys are just dying for it)... he's doing very well now, however, there was a bit of a setback last week.
Because he started having some abrasions where the bandaging stopped (the wound is in an awkward place on his leg) I decided to take all the bandaging off to see if there was any more stuff under the bandage, his leg looked great. But then, while no one was home, Toby somehow got the lampshade off and proceeded to lick his leg raw.
I was just horrified, the leg was all red and stuff... now what? Should I put some bandages back on? I tried that (plus fist aid ointment) for a day or two and it didn't seem to work. So then I just started blotting the leg with an "oatmeal bath" and left any bandaging off, his leg is looking great again.There are just a few small scabs and his hair is growing back, so, yay!
Toby doesn't have an appointment with the vet till next week, I think she'll be very pleased. And I feel like I can finally breathe again, the lampshade has to stay on till everything is perfectly healed, though. You certainly can't leave Toby to his own devices, that silly animal.
Yep, the latter is Toby for ya.jmdirt said:Good news!
I've seen some dogs just lick enough to clean the area, and other dogs lick the wound so much they make it worse.
Good new! I wonder if the skin issue is a reaction to the bandages? He is going to be crazy excited when he finally gets rid of the lampshade...you too probably!Tricycle Rider said:Latest update on the Tobster...
The vet is indeed very happy with the progress of the leg, Toby no longer has to wear a bandage. (I'm glad she didn't *** me out for removing it a while back). However, dog has some kind of a bumpy, itchy rash or skin infection, so Toby is back on antibiotics for that.
We no longer have to visit the oncology people (yay!), glad they were able to patch the animal up. We are not to bathe him and Toby still has to wear the lampshade till everything is perfectly healed (he just can't leave the leg alone), and if the rash doesn't clear up or comes back we'll have to see a vet dermatologist. It might be some kind of an allergy, which, well, it's hard enough to isolate an allergy with humans let alone an animal who can't talk.
Anyhoo, Toby is almost 100% now, I'm glad the oncology people knew what they were doing. (I met a lady with a very cute little dog in the waiting room, her poor pup had had breast cancer, which the vet was able to remove. It's amazing what vets can do nowadays, and thank goodness for that.)
It could have been the bandages, it could be food, who knows what Toby gets all into. But I'll definitely be happy once he gets rid of the lampshade, he keeps on running into things with it, including my legs. Ouch! It's actually pretty funny, you can here him coming from a mile away.jmdirt said:Good new! I wonder if the skin issue is a reaction to the bandages? He is going to be crazy excited when he finally gets rid of the lampshade...you too probably!
Tricycle Rider said:Right, I suppose this is what happens when you don't have kids - you spoil your pets rotten! Case in point...
Now that Toby is better and it's getting cold outside I decided to alter his winter sweater... the antlers on the hoodie looked too holiday-like (and frankly kinda stupid), so I cut the hoodie off and knitted a turtleneck-like addition to it.
Not sure the animal appreciates my work, but at least I'm making sure he keeps up that glamorous look he's acquired recently. (And yes, here he is just modeling his new sweater, the lampshade went back on right after I took the sweater off.)