February 2nd 2012 12:23 pm
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The vet called Mom. This is what Mom wrote to my auntie and uncles about me for now:
Finally got a call from the vet. This is yet another vet, Dr. Boist. (Though he was communicating with Dr. Nichol, so that is good. They need to be familiar with Lobo's history.) Lobo was under the anesthetic as we spoke. They ran a tube up the drainage tract of the wound and said it went over a foot up into him. I do recall Dr. Gummeson (almost 3 years ago when this first happened to me) talking about the drainage tract that he could feel by hand. He thought that would have led to a foreign body, like a splinter, but this would have taken a fairly major surgery to go looking for it and they still may not have found anything. Nothing showed up on xrays. So I chose to reject the surgery and just put him on antibiotics. Since this was almost 3 years ago now, the vets now on his case don't think it is a foreign body. Had it been, it would have resolved itself by now. The way he has had these mysterious wounds come and go, and other strange wounds come and go, they are leaning towards an autoimmune disease. Which one, they don't know. They are going to take a tissue sample and send it to the lab. They also mentioned that his skin didn't look good after they shaved the area on his knee. So not good news as it is still a mystery so far and looks like we will be facing this over and over again. And, looks like he will have to go back on steroids. They will know a bit more, hopefully, when I pick him up tomorrow. I asked them, while he was under, to take a closer look at that thing on his neck and trim his front claws. They had already done his claws but will check with Dr. Nichol about that thing on his neck. That is minor, but while he is out, may as well deal with it. And he will be going home with a new cone. I'm not looking forward to the next few weeks, while his knee heals up and he has to wear the cone. Thank God that cold snap has passed. I sure hope we don't get another one as he will have a bald knee and not able to easily go into his dog house with a cone on.
Since Lobo has seen at least 6 vets on this problem, and all are puzzled, I know I have done all that I can to help him. From now on, I will just try to continue to manage his symptoms as they appear and try and maintain some quality of life for him. Other than that horrible thing on his knee today, he was happy and alert and energetic. And oh boy, he sure didn't want me looking at his knee. He did all he could to try and hide it.
So that is the news for now! Right now I am completely oblivious to everything and on some good drugs. Moms says EXPENSIVE drugs.
Lobo, we are just reading both your diaries! We are sending you lots of POTP! I hope this tissue sample might give them some idea to what is making this happen! You are such a strong boy and will pull through this!
Woof Woof, Molly
Just sending LOTS of love and hugsssssssssssssssss
Please get better soon Sweet Boy... and Mum... just breath... try to rest a little.... many out here are sending Love...
Hey bud... ya know we got yer back & we're talkin to the Big Dog Upstairs about ya... hang in there & try to keep cool OK dude? Leave that dang thing alone fer a while so's it will go away!!!
-Ringo & Web
P.S. Give yer Mom a big hug fer us too huh?
Get well soon, Lobo.
Puffy and I were so happy when you got to go on your trip and appeared to be getting better. This is certainly a set back but we are sure you can over come it.
Instead of sending you home with one of those terrible elizethan collars can't you get an inflatable one instead?
POTP to you my pal.
Mom has been out of town and we are just reading about this news. Sending lots of healing smoochies and hugs and we hope that you will be able to get this cleared up quickly and we hate that you have to wear your cone, but you must.