|Barked: Mon Jun 18, '07 6:45pm PST |
|So, the vet wants to do some infusion procedure on Vance, since his anal gland abscessed again and didn't fully heal with a short course of Amoxi.
From what I understand, the vet would knock him out, flush the gland, put in a drain and leave it there for a week. At the end of the week, he does it again. And then again, for three times total.
I have a few problems with this...
- I hate the idea of putting anyone under anesthetic.
- He was only on Amoxi for 5 days. And I believe it was a low dose on top of that... He tends to not eat anything and puke a lot on antibiotics, so the first vet saw and I were trying to avoid all that. The previous two times this has happened a good course of antibiotics has fixed him just fine. He just didn't eat and puked until they were finished up.
- I can't flippin' afford this. Well, technically I can... I have a savings account for emergencies and all but I'm not sure I consider this an emergency.
- I'm very, very unsure of how effective this will be. Of course the vet thinks it will work. I generally like they way he handles things, but this one I'm iffy on. I have no doubt it will cure the problem this time, but I have a feeling it won't do much long-term. There's not much info on the web, and what is there is mixed. Most places advocate removing the glands completely, which I will not do unless it's absolutely necessary. I'm sure it works for some dogs, but for Vance I truly believe the psychological impact of loosing them will be far, far worse than having them abscess every 6 months or so.
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