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    Hi Bunny Girl

    That just sounds horrific.

    Any chance you can ask your original vet (the one who referred you) for help? Or even ask the zoo for advice? It reads like he got a bite from a white tailed spider with dirty fangs and now it's all infected. Even a human doctor who specialises in skin infections might be able to help with advice.

    I'm thinking one of those stretchy bras might be the go. Or pantihose with a tail hole cut in... Even if you have to pad the convexity with socks or something. Clingwrap? It's hard to think of anything that will stay put in that spot. There's a sort of tubular bandage or knee strapping with Velcro that might do it. You can buy rolls of the tubular stuff and then maybe wrap it in a loop and X formation? Or a long bit of t-shirt material from a spotlight or something. Ie stretchy but not too stretchy.

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    So husband rang Murdoch today and told them what we think of them. Tomorrow we are meeting the head of department free of charge, she looked at the history and admitted it looked "confusing".

    Hyacinth - It started with a lump on his side that was taken out with a huge margin in case it was cancer. It wasnt. Then a lump appeared in his groin which was biopsied (4 holes drilled into him) 2 weeks ago. Not cancer.... but that is the only result we got from the biopsy so far.
    His lump is growing, its all swollen, lesions are forming with necrosis etc. All oozing. He is hiding in dark small places, he shivers alot, he is miserable and pain killers seem to make no difference (we tried different kinds), he also refuses to walk in the house and crawls in a frantic way, he seems manic.
    We have been to hospital every day, some days twice. They are hopeless and keep telling us to wait for results while charging us 100's of dollars for just seeing them every time without giving us any help/treatment.

    I really dont think it is a bite. It is some sort of panniculitis (inflammation of the fat tissue) but we are waiting on biopsy to tell us why (mycobacteria? auto immune?).
    I could go on forever. $6000 later, bank rings me today to tell us our credit card was compromised and we need to cancel it and wait 7-10 working days to get the new one...
    Sorry!! I know I sound like a whinger, but I am just so fed up, so over all this. I have been worried about him for so long, so many sleepless nights, so much fighting and trying to get somewhere with the vets that I am exhausted. I cant see the end.

    Bernie - scarred for life = me, not the dog...

    Re bandages, we just keep changing them 3-4 times a day, they get so wet that it doesnt matter anymore

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    Findeb, thank you!

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    Glad your hubby rang, and that you'll both be seeing the head of department too.

    You absolutely do not sound like a whinger BG, you poor things with what you've been through recently, I really hope that tomorrow brings some answers and that Hooch gets the treatment he needs to make - and FFS as if you need a compromised credit card ...

    It's so stressful waiting for anything when you have a sick pet, maybe because they can't really let you know where it hurts and it's so hard when we can't make it all better, but Hooch knows you love him so much, he is such a lucky boy to be in your family...

    Will keep an eye out for news tomorrow, take care

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    You are definitely not a whinger BG, you've been handing such a horrible, stressful time wonderfully! Everyone needs to talk and vent, and that is definitely warranted in your situation! I really hope that results come back soon and Hooch can get on the road to recovery! Please keep us updated

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    I don't think Murdoch should be charging you if they're not getting any results. But then again most doctors and some computer geeks would go broke on that basis. There should be a balance and you're not getting it.

    Hopefully the head of the dept should be able to co-ordinate things better and slow down the financial bleed - if not Hooch's oozing.

    Maybe the bank thought someone stole your credit card to use at the vet/murdoch. How tempting to tell the bank that all those vet bills are nothing to do with you. Or maybe - just maybe someone at Murdoch is skimming or over charging? I inadvertently caused some fraudsters to be caught at one place where I paid with a crayfish/barter and they complained they couldn't find my payment (they were stealing all the cash payments).

    Most of all hope Hooch gets better soon.

    this article seems as vague as the Murdoch team...
    http://www.vetstreet.com/care/steril...-dogs-and-cats
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 09-12-2013 at 02:52 PM.

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    UPDATE!!! finally.. maybe... some light!!!
    Mandy the one who "runs the show" as she says talked to us today. She spent over 2 hours explaining and going over what has happened so far.
    They will do an ultra sound tomorrow morning, look for pockets of fluids and extract the fluid with a needle to be cultured. All free of charge.
    They will also start treatment with antibiotics which is general that might effect up to 80% of the mycobacteria (so unless we have more specific details on which mycobacteria if any he has it might not work) but at least while we wait for the results we can start some sort of treatment.
    She said that there is a slim chance that it is a sterile (non bacterial) infection but to treat that will be harmful if we get it wrong, so it is safe to start the treatment for the mycobacteria.
    She also finally gave us something to calm Hooch as he has been acting so weird. We took a video of his behaviour and showed her so she definitely thought it is something that requires attention and not to leave him like this another night. He did not sleep all night last night, crying and restless.
    Thank god!! finally something constructive is being done.

    I am so happy that we have a plan in place, what a relief to know there is a competent vet that cares and wants to DO something about it. She was very generous and did not charge us for today either. Maybe I could actually get some sleep tonight with Hooch on doggie-valium. One for Hooch, one for mummy!!
    Still no results what so ever though.. so it is a long way but I see a little glimpse of light.

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    BG that is fantastic news! It's so wonderful that you finally have a 'plan', and you must feel like a little weight has been lifted off your shoulders.

    I hope Hooch (and you) enjoy your valium tonight and maybe an extra large glass of wine for you as well

    Enjoy!

    Please keep us updated

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    BG that is good news and must be such a relief for you. I will admit I'm pretty annoyed on your behalf that all this wasn't being done for Hooch before and you had to jump up and down and make noise before you got the attention you should have been getting all along. Not good enough IMO, but still extremely glad something is happening now. How did Hooch go last night with the valium to help calm him?

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    Back from hospital.
    My poor poor boy is in so much pain.
    They sedated him while doing the ultrasound, sticking needles into fluid pockets trying to get samples. He was in pain during the procedure so they had to give him extra pain killers.
    When I came to get him he was in hysterics, they gave him 2 doggie valiums to calm him down.
    He is so miserable and so out of himself. Hard to watch.
    The samples were sent to human lab in Royal Perth which would have better results maybe? still NO results, none!!!
    The chief vet in Murdoch is excellent and so reassuring, I am feeling that finally we are getting the care that we should have all this time.
    Tonight we start with super antibiotics, hopefully he doesnt vomit as we need to get the high dose into him.
    Fingers crossed tonight goes peacefully with no dramas.

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