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    Hi, (I apologise for the length)

    My dog Archie has had a saw poor for about 2 weeks. We took him to the vet as it was a large swelling on the top of his paw.

    The vet first said they believed it to be a grass seed and they put Archie on antibiotics hoping that the grass seed had already come out - it hadn't! So he had an operation so that they could remove it, they couldn't find anything in there. That was a week and a half ago and since then he's just got worse. We have been back to the vet several times since the operation for bandage changes etc and he has since developed an irriatation around his mouth (In which the vet has no suggestions) where he is scratching at his chin until it bleeds, he licks anything and everything and he won't let you look in his mouth (never a problem before).

    My question is should we be seeking a second opinion? We are currently going to Bellarine Veterinary Clinic in Newcomb, Geelong where we have seen a different vet almost everytime, but after many costly visits Archie's foot is now swelling on the underside and he's very unhappy and all they can suggest is trying different antibiotics and to come back every 2 days in which they charge. It is not the cost that worries us but the idea that they may just be taking advantage. They are well respected Vet and as we've seen different vets within the same clinic I'm worried I may be over reacting but at the same time hate watching Archie suffer.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?
    Last edited by Devil's Advocate; 04-10-2010 at 07:50 PM.

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    Well to be honest the cost WOULD bother me! especially as you and your dog are getting nowhere in terms of recovery.

    I most certainly would be speaking to a different vet. One you can see every time, not a different vet with every visit.

    So, have they put him on anithistamines for his allergy, or have they performed any skin scrapings or allergy tests, ot what?

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    What sort of dog? And yes get a second opinion for sure!
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    He is a poodle X

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    No, they have put him on different anti-biotics hoping it was a reaction to the the first lot, but he is just so unhappy.

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    Yeah, definately get another opinion, for sure. Maybe a vet who will take the situation with a little more seriousness and find the reason and fix it for your poor boy.

    The reason you have given stated from the vets as to why they are merely changing anitbiotics is something that I would not tolerate TBH. That's just too slack for me, I'm sorry. There are good and bad vets, just like everything else in this world.

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    His foot is now infected and he has a temperature.

    They have asked us to keep the wound uncovered now and soak it in salt due to the infection, however he has opened the wound up slightly (only after a couple of hours after leaving the vet and he is wearing a cone collar) and we're now unsure of whether we should soak it with the wound open.

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    Yes I think I will be taking him to someone different asap. Thankyou for the advice.

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    Best of luck.

    Could still soak the wound in tepid water with mixed salt. It certainly won't hurt but could help minimise infection.

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    Second opinion is the way to go.

    In my opinion, to be on the safe side you should still soak it in the salt water. Like DA said, it may help minimise infection.

    All the best!!

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