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Old 10-27-2011, 12:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Inky's First Health Issue - Infected Leg Lump

Hey everyone, some of you may have already heard through FB or what not, but Inky has come across his first health complication. Two nights ago I noticed he hardly ran at all, and so when I did his nightly weighing I looked him over and found a half-pea sized lump on his right front leg. I gave him a footbath and observed him moving around, and he was putting weight on the leg fine and seemed normally active and happy, no signs of pain or anything. Pictures from last night:





This morning when the vet opened I called, and they got him in for an appointment immediately after. Went in, vet took a quick look and we decided to be sure it didn't involve the bone at all, to both do an xray and a needle biopsy. So we sedated him (isoflurane? sp) in a small tank, then transferred to a mask. His vet first took the xray, then went ahead and scraped the top layer of the lump off. It was all just pus in the top part. While she was working on getting a tissue sample I noticed a small spot, about the size of a zit hidden in his armpit hair. (when she looked at the lump sample she also looked at the little armpit lump) We took a look at his mouth while he was out too. His cute little teeth... made me happy to see he has so many left. He's lost a few but still has plenty to chew. Finally she cleaned up the now-open sore on his leg, and took him off the gas. He came around in only a few minutes, and was demanding mealies shortly after.

Passing out, in the tank first:


Transferred to a mask, this is right before we taped down his paw for the xray:


The xray showing his healthy bone:


Removing pus/infected tissue:


Cleaning his leg up:


Checking out his teeth:


Gas off, checking his heartbeat:


After he came around and ate his "you are such a great boy" mealies, showing off the wound:


I went home with directions to clean the wound 2x a day with a diluted chlorhexidine solution, and he's on Clavamox 2x a day, 0.1cc. When we got home I gave him his first dose and he ate the mealies coated in it without an issue (it's bubblegum flavored).

Final thoughts are that it is either a tumor, or just excessively swollen due to the infection. She's calling back in about 2 days with the results, I'll keep everyone updated. Please keep your fingers crossed that it isn't cancer...

Kimberly & Inky



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Oh! For others' reference forgot to list the expenses:

physical exam: $69.00
sedation: $65.60
radiograph (xray): $46.20
needle biopsy and lab exam: $137.20
clavamox antibiotics: $45.75

total: $363.75



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Little Inky is such a trooper. I bet he was having technicoloured dreams about mealies the whole time he was out on gas!
Poor little guy, that sure looks painful. Pliny and I are keeping our fingers, toes and quills crossed for you.
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Ouch poor baby boy. Hoping for the best and thanks for the prices. Both of my boys go in tomorrow. Jakob for his disfigured finger and Jeremiah for a new lump that has just shown up today under his chin so the prices were nice kinda gives me an idea of what to look forward to (even though all vets and locations vary).
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Oh, poor babe.....I'll be praying for you guys and thinking about you. I'm so glad the bone is okay. Really hoping it's just an infection. Hang in there. Seems like you have a very thorough vet. That must be a relief for you.

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Poor Inky! Praying for a full and fast recovery! You are a great example of how to do things right Vet and then posting it on the forum. Very good pics BTW and has Inky gotten even cuter than before!
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ohhhh those photos are amazing - Inky is so cute! Have everything crossed that it's just a little infection and nothing more serious
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What wonderful pictures. I love the leg xray. Mind if I add it to my xray collection.

Continued prayers for Inky.
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Hang in there, Inky!!!

Sending healing vibes your way <3
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Poor Inky, hopefully its nothing more than a poo covered quill poked his leg and it got infected. No cancer!

Those costs are very reasonable. They certainly do add up quickly and there isn't a single one in that list that I would have removed.

We are keeping our quills crossed here for a speedy recovery with no more problems!
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