She is my 2 & 1/2 year old Boston Terrier, whom we have had since she was 6 weeks old. In June, 2007, she went missing for 4 days. We looked everywhere, put up signs, ads, everything that we could do to bring our baby home. It was so hot and humid (we live in Alabama where the summers are brutal) and we could only hope that if someone picked her up, they were providing her a good home. 4 days later, she was discovered in some moving bushes in a ditch. Severely dehydrated, hungry and traumatized, we rushed her to the vet. She was covered in ant bites and ticks and her brain was swelling to the point it could be felt through her skin. She wandered in circles and could not even stand up. The vet assured us that she had no broken bones or internal injuries, other than a concussion. They gave her some antibiotics and a steroid anti-inflammatory and sent her home. They said the next 48 hours were critical and if she was no better, the best thing would be to put her down. So, we took her home and treated her like a baby for the next week. She improved and began to act like her old self.
A few months ago, we noticed a knot on her left rear leg, near the 'knee' joint. She didn't seem to favor it and didn't appear to be in any pain. It was almost like overnight it got larger and larger. Today, I took her to another vet and he took an x-ray of her leg. Apparently, when she was hit by the car, she DID suffer from a broken tibia. It was not set (because we were told nothing was broken), and somehow she developed a bacterial bone infection. The infection spread to the smaller bone, the fibula and actually demineralized the bone. It is almost completely dissolved and the infection is starting to spread to other bones. While it has been more than a year since her accident, the vet assured me that the process of a bone being 'eaten' by bacteria to the point it disappears does take months. Since we were told she had nothing broken, we did not follow up.
Now, she is on antibiotics as well as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. She will return to the vet next Monday to be checked for admission on Tuesday. The leg will now have to be amputated.
So, all please pray for Maddie and her speedy recovery. Thanks!
Maddie?so your dog is sick?i pray that your dog will recover very soon. by the way i'm rachel from hk i and i'm new i wanted to make some friends in here.i actually have a dog before too.but it died just last year. but i think that your dog will also die happy .don't be upset i'm sure you treat your dog well. So...it will also die happy . nice to meet you anyway . do you chat in the chatroom?can we chat? please write back soon. yours, rachel
From the sounds of Maddie's previous ordeal, that she is one tough little dog. I am sure she will recover quickly. It is amazing how dogs just adjust to what ever life throws at them. Have you ever seen the Poodle with only two legs who is a therapy dog. I also got to meet the 3 legged dalmation that was on Animal Planet. His story was so sad, but thank goodness there septic tank broke, and the guy who went to fix it, wanted to rescue this poor dog. He gave the owner $50 so he could take the dog for the much needed vet care. He lost his leg to infection, but now is a happy healthly well adjusted dog. Might as well have the vet spay her while she is under. Praying for a speedy recovery Maddie.
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Little Maddie has my prayers as well. Osteomyelitis is very difficult to treat, even when caught right away. Antibiotics just don't absorb well into bone and amputation is usually the best and fastest way to treat it. Most dogs do great with three legs, way better than you would expect. Good luck and God bless.
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You and Maddie have my prayers too. I think you are making the right decision in amputating. It is absolutely amazing to me how well almost all dogs do after an amputation, especially since it is a back leg. Please keep us updated how she does through her surgery and her recovery.
Thanks to all responses and prayers that have gone out for Maddie. She is doing well and is still on her antibiotics and anti-inflammatory meds for the rest of the week. We go back to the vet on Monday and her surgery will be Tuesday...wish her luck and thanks again.
Maddie had a follow-up visit today. The vet is going to open the leg and see if he can remove the affected area and bone fragments and save the tibia. If he can do this without nerve damage, the leg will be saved. If not, he is going to amputate it while she is under. She is also going to be spayed while she is at the hospital. I will post updates as I have them...please remember her in prayer. Thanks to all!
OK everyone...it's over and done with. The vet called me earlier and said that the surgery went well, Maddie did great. However, she did end up losing the left back leg. She is going to stay at the hospital tonight but will be able to come home tomorrow around lunch if she is still doing well. She's one tough baby and we love her very much. There was simply too much damage to repair in order to save the leg. I think my vet made the right call and she will be more spoiled than ever now! Thanks so much for all prayers, thoughts and comments. God bless everyone!
Maddie's home!!! She's doing great. When I got her home this afternoon, I put her down in the den and she immediately went to the back door, which is 'potty' door. She went down the steps of the back deck and did her business the walked right back up the steps! She is of course on antibiotics and pain meds but otherwise seems comfortable, all things considered. Our vet did a wonderful job on the amputation and I think she will recover well. Thanks again for all thoughts and prayers.
I would like to update everyone on Maddie. I received a call from the vet today and he was quite surprised. He said that he received the Pathology report from the vet in Birmingham and it revealed that the knot on Maddie's leg was a tumor; sarcoma. He said that it did not appear genetic but rather from trauma. It would have been consistent with the time of the accident in 2007.
Anyway, on a brighter note, she is doing very well. Up and down stairs as well as my other Bostons. She is truly a blessing to our family and we love her very much.