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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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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Lexi at 5 Months…

So we brought Lexi home when she was 9 weeks old, it has been almost 3 months and she is 5 months old now. It has been a steep learning curve but it had it’s funny, lovely moments too.

We have had quite a journey with her, medically. She has had a very serious bacterial ear infection, which took 3 weeks of treatment to clear up, immediately following that she had an eye irritation/infection, which saw her in the cone for a week. All that set her back on her vaccination schedule which means we start all over again with the vaccinations. Now it seems she has caught a cold 😦

But on the upside, we finished puppy school and are now in young dog school and it’s going good. She does not do as she is supposed to at class, but at home, it works fine and that’s the important part.

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Left to Right: Lexi August 2018, Lexi September 2018, Lexi October 2018, Lexi November 2018

Other than that, we have found out that she is definitely NOT a food-motivated dog. She does not even come when you put down her food, except when she was on the cortisone for 3 weeks and the meds made her hungry.

She is teething now and with a slight cold, i suppose going off food for a bit is usual. i just wished it was not such a struggle to get her to eat regularly. It’s a question we will have to ask the vet when we go for the next jab in a couple of weeks.

Another positive is that i think (fingers-crossed) we got the pee situation down, she only goes outside now. And she is doing better with being left for a couple hours at home, when needed.

Despite the various worries, the joys of having her around is wonderful! She is a sweet-pea and we love her!

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