The End of the Tail Saga…

6.5 weeks, 3 surgeries and lots of antibiotics, cream, bandages, and diapers later, we finally got the all-clear from the vet. Lexi’s tail is healed, at last!

In case you didn’t hear about it, Lexi’s tail got caught in the door to the garden the Sunday before Easter (14 April) and because of an infection which would not go away, the vet had to do 3 operations (14 April, 25 April, 8 May) before we found out the exact bacteria and got targeted antibiotics. i wrote about this at the end of April; read here.

After the second op, when things didn’t go well yet again, i became slightly obsessed with her wound and started taking photos of it twice a day to make sure it was healing properly after the third op. You can see some of the many photos i have taken here.

lexitailsaga20190612Our last appointment with the vet on 28 May was quite funny. Our vet had been on leave for a week so we saw her colleague for a follow-up on 21 May. At that time, Lexi’s wound still was not looking great, which is why when i gave her the thumbs up sign on the 28th, she only half believed me because we have had just the worst luck with the infection before. Then we had Lexi on the examination table and the vet could get a good look, she looked, smiled and said, “Hallelujah!” It was really a laugh-out-loud moment.

Of course, there was just one more goodbye present this stupid bacteria gave Lexi. Because she had to be on antibiotics for so long, it wiped out the flora in her digestive system and so it was diarrhea for a couple of days after we stopped the antibiotics. Good thing it was an easy fix with tablets to rebuild her flora.

The vet bills, needless to say, are HIGH! But i think we can manage it. Now i just hope that Lexi stays strong and healthy. We have her on an immunity booster at the moment, which should help.

However, dealing with her doggy teenage antics is a whole different matter 😛

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My Succulent Baby’s 15th Birthday…

A few days ago, Tobias celebrated his 15th birthday! It was a quiet but fun-filled celebration; a Saturday afternoon movie and then home for some games with his two best friends.

The years have just disappeared before our eyes. Have a look at where we were 15 years ago as a family of three and today we are a family of four (our little dog, Lexi is the latest addition):tobias15yearsold20190525

Becoming a parent, being a parent has not been the easiest thing i have done. And as corny as it sounds, parenting does have its beautiful, heart-warming moments. So i cherish those moments and am happy to say that i am privileged to be his mother and proud that he is my son.

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PS: for those who don’t know, as a chubby baby, Tobias had many funny nicknames and one of them was “succulent” because he had such fat, juicy thighs. 😀

Lexi – Tail Injury…

i have not been blogging as much as i wanted to. We did not do much over Spring break and most of the last 2 weeks has been taken up with caring for Lexi.

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Lexi, after her first surgery.

2 weeks ago, Lexi’s tail got caught in the door to the garden and we had to take her into emergency surgery. The vet has to take off 1.5cm of her tail to close the wound. Unfortunately, that was not the end of it. Her wound did not heal well; it got infected and the skin around the surgery site died. So Lexi had to have a second surgery to cut the infection off. The vet had to take another few centimeters. i estimate she has lost just under a third of her tail. Poor dear!

She’s on a higher dose of antibiotics, we have a cream with honey in it and another visit to the vet in 2 days. We hope this time it heals well.

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