|Barked: Thu Jul 7, '11 7:12pm PST |
I am hoping there may be someone out there that may have been through a similar thing that can offer us some advice or help as we are getting desperate.
Our two year old staffy girl has been getting very large recurring abscesses on her neck for about 6 weeks now. She has seen 3 different vets who all agree that there is a foreign body migrating around her neck area causing the abscesses, they suspect it is a splinter of wood or something similar, as she has been known to chew on sticks.
She has just had a 3rd round of surgery to drain and clean out the abscess area and the surgeons still cannot find the foreign body, meaning there is a very good chance it will all flare up again and she will need a 4th surgery. They have been able to see a clear tract of where the body is migrating, however just cannot find what it is. She has had xrays and nothing has shown up, which makes the vets more sure that it is a splinter.
Our girl is having trouble swallowing her food due to the extensive cutting and surgery she has had on her neck and while she feels ok now as she is on anti-inflammatorys and anti-biotics, we are still worried sick about her.
We are completely exhausted with it all and are so tired of seeing our darling girl in pain. We are also nervous of more surgery - her jugular vein was severed in the 2nd round of surgery and because there is so many vital veins and arteries in the neck area I feel sick to think of her having to go through anymore.
Does anyone know of anything else that we can try - be it remedies, treatments - anything at all? We would be so grateful to hear from anyone that can offer us any help or advice, or from anyone that has been through recurring abscesses with their dogs.
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