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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DiamondSwan, Dec 15, 2015.
Getting ready to take Igor to the vet
Good luck! Remember that you're paying them, so make sure they answer all of your questions. If they suggest an expensive surgery with anethesia, ask them if there is a less expensive way to do it. If they send you home with pills, have them *show* you how to give the pills.
That's exactly what I was thinking, I'm gonna make every penny worth it! This thread has some very useful information on it and will help a lot of people
You guys are more nervous then I am lol. We're on our way:
Ok, we're back from the vet and I'll tell you all about it after lunch. They actually allowed us to watch. Blood and stuff dosn't bother me.
Oh let's see, where should I start.....................
Did you take pictures? Did they use anesthesia or did they just lance it?
The doctor was feeling around his foot and said she could feel a hard lump. I asked if it was Bumblefoot, and she said yes, and that it's caused by walking on hard surfaces like cement, putting more weight on one foot if they hurt themselves, and getting things stuck in their foot. If something's stuck in their foot, the infection is caused by wet bedding and poop getting into the puncture. She said his foot needed to be lanced. If he was put under Anastasia, it would have costed $220 including the exam. I asked if there was a cheaper option and the doctor said that she could try to numb his foot to get the pus out, and not include some things so it would cost $160, but if he doesn't hold still, he'd need to be put under Anastasia. So we went with the later. The doctor asked us if we would rather wait in the other room, or stay and watch. She said there would be a lot of blood and pus, but we were ready for it. The guy held Igor against his chest and and held his feet for the doctor. She cleaned his foot with chlorohexadine, and poked a needle in a couple different places on his foot to numb it. She went into the hole that was already there on the bottom of his foot, and stretched it out a little. She pulled out a couple balls of pus. She then cut into the top of his foot and pulled out "mounds" of pus. I have got to say, this could not have been done at home. There was a lot of blood. She cut a hole all the way through his foot, so she could flush it out with saline and would come out the other side. She cut two squares of sterile antibacterial non-stick pads and put them on each wound, then rapped his foot with gauze pad, vet rap that can stick to itself, and some "duck" tape to water proof. She said to change the bandage every three days and keep his foot dry, and when I change it, I have to use a wet cloth and make sure both wounds stay open. If there's a scab, it needs to come off so that it doesn't get infected again. She said to use deluted betadine solution to flush it out. She said to keep the bandage on until new skin is under the scab. I have to give him pain medication that also reduces swelling for a week, and antibiotics for 2 weeks. The guy showed me how to give them both to Igor. I asked if the infection can spread to humans and he said you could get the pus all over you and it wouldn't spread, but that he didn't recommend it lol. The antibiotics they gave us is Trimethoprim Sulfa broken into 1/4 tablets (dosage is based on weight.) I have to give it to him every 12 hours. I have pictures of the blood and pus if you guys wanna see it. I'm warning you, it's a lot of blood and pus that's really disgusting.