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Cooper is hurt

Postby SupriseInside » Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:47 am

Cooper started limping yesterday. I have no idea why except that he was playing pretty hard with a few kids that were over last night. I think he could have sprained it. His right pastern was swelling so I put a cold compress on it yesterday, but it didn't work at all. I woke up this morning to his pastern even more swollen and he doesn't even want to move. I inspected it for puncture wounds from maybe a snakebite, but there are none. And does a sprain get worse with time? I don't know, so I'm taking him to the vet within the hour. I'll let you guys know whats wrong when I return. :(
My poor baby is hurting so bad. :crybaby:

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Postby SupriseInside » Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:53 am

Here is a photo for comparison. Is it badly swollen?

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Postby SupriseInside » Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:05 am

He's got an Appt. at 3 today.
I gave him 325mg Asprin (1 pill) for pain in the meantime.
I'll keep you guys posted.

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Postby julie64 » Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:08 am

aww poor Cooper. Good luck at the vet. Fingers crossed it's nothing serious.

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Postby Roxers » Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:34 am

It definitely looks swollen. Good luck at the vet!

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Postby pblove » Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:33 am

make sure you tell the vet about the cat incident, my guess is he got a small puncture from the cat and it is now abscessing
cat scratch fever can be fatal in humans, don't know if dogs get that too, but it is a very seriosu illness form cats too
(since it is his front leg, that is very possible the kitty made punctures or srtaches and you have mised them)
Hoping for the best for Cooper

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Postby porchcricket13 » Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:54 pm

If he came into our practice we would assume it was broken, we would do x-rays to confirm of course, but swelling like that is a good indication of a break in the carpals, or metacarpals. Hope he feels better! Good luck.

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Postby msvette2u » Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:58 pm

porchcricket13 wrote:If he came into our practice we would assume it was broken, we would do x-rays to confirm of course, but swelling like that is a good indication of a break in the carpals, or metacarpals. Hope he feels better! Good luck.


That's what I was thinking too - it looks like a fracture.

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Postby SupriseInside » Tue Mar 03, 2009 2:09 pm

We're getting ready to leave now. Lets hope for the best.
He's never been hurt or ill before and I'm terrified. :frown:

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Postby msvette2u » Tue Mar 03, 2009 2:16 pm

He'll be ok, and so will you-- :hug:

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Postby cecollins » Tue Mar 03, 2009 3:08 pm

Cant wait to hear about how Cooper is doing! Sending good vibes your way.

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Postby FBODGRL » Tue Mar 03, 2009 3:48 pm

Hope everything is OK.

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Postby SupriseInside » Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:35 pm

Well, I have bad news... very bad news.
Cooper is heartworm positive. The vet said its a strong positive.
His leg was a snakebite. The incisions were very small, I missed them when I did my check yesterday. He's got a couple of medicines to take for the swelling and infection. (Baytril 68mg and Rimadyl 75mg).
He's not worried about the leg, it will be fine.
The vet put Cooper on Heartgard, which will kill all of the micro-baby heartworms throughout his body and eventually the adults. (I don't remember the term he used for the baby ones). He said Heartgard has a 50% cure rate. So we've got him on that until the full heartworm treatment can be performed, which is being delayed because of financial issues here at home.
We are going to do heartworm treatment though it may take a few months for me to save the money. The treatment has to be done in two phases. The first phase, he will have to stay at the vet's overnight and come home for a month. He's not allowed to run or play during this time.
Second phase, he stays at the vet's for 2 days and then comes home and can't run and play for another month.

I cannot believe I let him get heartworms. The vet said he got them from mosquitos and that he sees heartworm positive dogs everyday.
I do have Cooper on monthly wormer, but it doesn't prevent heartworms and I thought it did.
Please don't flame me for letting this happen. I know I was irresponsible. :frown:

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Postby luvnstuff » Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:10 pm

Oh I am sorry. I am glad you are treating him lightly now and more later. The heartguard will keep the infestation from growing quickly into a deadly problem but as the vet said, its only 50% .

Big hugs. You arent the only one to get confused, or miss a few doses and end up with an infected dog. as one other person said we all have to live and learn.

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Postby KadillacGrrl » Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:12 pm

Ugh! I'm sorry Cooper isn't feeling good... don't beat yourself up. Just do your best. He'll come through it, and he still loves ya :)


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