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dogs leg stinks

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by thecaller, Apr 4, 2021.


  1. thecaller

    thecaller PetForums Newbie

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    The vets are shut until monday.

    My chihuahua has recently come back from a knee operation. The leg that was operated on smells foul and revolting. I haven't been cleaning the wound because despite the stitches the wound hasn't healed over at all and there's big gaps between each stitch so I'm worried that if I try to clean it something might get into the wound. I'm not a vet so I'm not sure but does that mean it's a bad stitch job? Some of the fur on her leg was shaved off and that part looks red and sore and someone suggested vaseline but I'm hesitant to touch it incase its the wrong thing. I don't know what I'm doing. can dogs even have vaseline? She has to wear a cone and tries to get to that area which she can't reach.

    Does anyone have any recommendations on what to do.
     
  2. O2.0

    O2.0 PetForums VIP

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    Yes, call your out of hours vet. A foul smelling wound indicates infection. Infection in the joint can be very bad. How long ago was her surgery?
     
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    What did the vet say? If you haven't spoken I think you should
     
  4. thecaller

    thecaller PetForums Newbie

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    about a week ago
     
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    BlueJay Pack of Losers

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    We're you given any antibiotics for her to take after the surgery?
    Mine always have been given a week or twos supply after surgeries to prevent infection.

    A wound should definitely not smell bad, that is not a good sign. Usually a pretty clear sign of infection. Is it warm too? How long has it been like that for?

    I'd be calling an out of hours vet for her to be seen, its not sounding like something you can deal with at home (even if its a different one to who did the surgery).
    Infections can get very nasty very quickly.
     
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    Please call your vet for their out of hours service, or call an emergency vet. This needs to be seen.
    You should not have to clean a surgical wound.
    Has she been licking it?
     
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  7. mrs phas

    mrs phas karma is a funny old thing

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    Even if closed for BH they will have an OOH that you can ring and get some information and guidance
    If they say take her in, then yes it can be costly
    But
    What price saving her leg?

    Smelling putrid is infection and dying flesh
     
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  8. thecaller

    thecaller PetForums Newbie

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    I'll of course have her seen by the vet ASAP.
    Yes she was given medicine, there were unfortunately a few times that she hasn't had it (and I feel awful about that but I didn't know what to do at the time) because she wouldn't take it on her food, so we learned to syringe it into her mouth instead.
     
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    Vets now, you don't want her to loss her leg do you.
     
  10. thecaller

    thecaller PetForums Newbie

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    they are closed
     
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    There will be an emergency vet.
     
  12. Rafa

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    If you phone your Vet, there will be a message giving the details for the out of hours Vet.

    You do need advice straight away really.
     
  13. thecaller

    thecaller PetForums Newbie

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    The out of hours vet has been considered. Ideally we'd have her taken in today. But the weather is battering down. It's so windy that it's unsafe to be outside. The forecast for tomorrow looks better. We will call tomorrow morning and have her taken her in.
     
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    @thecaller: what country are you in?
    The reason I ask is that the weather here (UK) is good, dry and perfectly safe enough to venture out in; I have not heard any weather alerts for other parts of the country.
     
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    We have weather alerts and it is hard to stand up with heavy snow forecast for this evening but I would not have hesitated to take the dog to the vet the moment I noticed redness let alone a nasty smell.
     
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    The op was ''about'' a week ago, so needs urgent treatment one would imagine.
     
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    very north scotland. we do get weather warnings. as i type the wind and rain is bashing against the windows. were phoning tomorrow morning as soon as they open.
    I can appreciate the importance of whats happening
     
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    I lied when I said I'd checked the weather forecast before. I'm sorry. I just assumed it might be better tomorrow.
     
  19. BlueJay

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    Have you at least phoned the emergency vet for an opinion? Most (if not all) don't charge emergency fees for a phone call.
    If they want her seen ASAP, the weather really shouldn't be a barrier.

    How long has the wound been smelly for?
    My dog very nearly lost her leg according to the vets after an infection set in. There was a day and a half between wound happening and surgery for it; the infection was very deep and she needed a fair whack of contaminated muscle in the area removed, plus frequent dressing changes, cleaning and antibiotics.

    It really is important you speak to a vet sooner rather than later.
     
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  20. Silverpaw

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    Please contact the emergency vet, it's a really major thing if your dog loses a leg, especially if it is unnecessary.I have a tripawed dog, I'd have done anything to save his leg.The weather is no excuse to leave it,your dog depends on you.
     
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