I don't know Vin, I have taken her where they should know more than her regular vet and will continue to do so as long as I am able to. I am hoping to see something on blood work, although she has had blood work done before and came back as an healthy dog. Dr. Angus, the dermatologist who saw Tigger many times before, was out for a satellite clinic duty so he did not see her (another dermatologist did) but he will go over the findings when he comes in on Friday. He shared this on e-mail:
Fungal infections on single digit are rare but do occur. Usually solitary wicked toe problems are either cancer or bacteria infection secondary to trauma. Systemic fungal infection with coccidioidomycosis (valley fever) can localize to the toe.
The first biopsy was negative for cancer and I can only hope they were right. I know that sometime vets are unable to diagnose things correctly without a million of tests, so I have to let them do what they think will help to find the reasons behind this. I have never dealt with something like this, so I have no room to tell them that something is unecessary . Tigger was followed by all kinds of specialists and she still died due to something they were unable to treat, so I am aware that there are situation in which nothing can be done.I can't treat her on my own not knowing what I am dealing with, especially because I could not forgive myself if things went wrong.
? Did they have to amputate in the first place?
They chose not to, because the test was negative for cancer, according to the first lab biopsy findings.They only took enough for the biopsy, which turned out to be more than what they originally thought.
I guess I am so skeptical because I had a dog almost die because none of the top moron vets in an entire state could figure out he had an infection.
I understand where you are coming from, but I don't even want to think about something like that right now. I would not know what to do with myself if I lost another dog this year.