'The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because He loves what is behind him.' -G. K. Chesterton

19 March 2014

Angus Update

Car Guy guessed from my Sunday Kipling post and some of you may have as well. Angus has had a bit of a set back. I've been holding off on this post until I knew more.

That spot is above the area where the plate in his leg is installed. It's a bacterial infection. We've been fighting it with antibiotics since December with mixed results. A few weeks ago we went to the vet who prescribed a new Antibiotic which hasn't done much. Lessened it but didn't knock it out. It would grow with weeping and then subside. Plus, we just weren't getting any answers on what exactly was going on and what we should do about it.

In desperation we went to a different vet for a second opinion. He did an exam and took an X-Ray (something our regular vet didn't do). After looking at it he was of the opinion that 2 of the screws had developed infection in the screw pockets in the bone. He sent the X-Rays off to our surgeon and did a phone consultation with him last Friday. His recommendation (and the request of the surgeon) was a visit back at the surgical facility where the original repair was done. We set the appointment for this morning in Las Vegas.

We met with Angus' surgeon. He'd reviewed the X-Rays and examined his leg. His opinion was that the plate needs to come out. He talked about bacteria forming biotic film (if I understood and got that right) that protects the infection from the full strength of the antibiotics. Bacteria that can develop immunity. He told us that the plate was no longer necessary and that the leg was healed and strong enough to support him without it. His words were to the effect that if he needed that plate for structural support we were all screwed anyway. The purpose of the plate was strength and stability in the healing process and was not necessarily permanent. We could continue to try antibiotics but he held out little hope that such would be efficacious. The plate needed to come out.

This is something we discussed before the original surgery. The idea that the plate may one day have to be removed. It was hoped not but always understood that it was a possibility. We hate to subject Angus to another surgery but Lu and I are now convinced that the only way to permanently resolve his infection issues is to remove that plate so that's where we are.

We have a surgical appointment next Tuesday morning at 7 AM. They'll do the surgery and keep Angus overnight. Lu and I will spend the night down there and bring home sometime on Wednesday. Hopefully. If all goes as planned.

In my heart I know this is the proper course to take for Angus. His leg will never heal properly if he's constantly battling infections. Plus it pains and distresses him. His limp comes out when the infection is at it's worse and he even tripods at times. Occasionally he'll yelp when he pivots or stops hard. Throw in the possibility of him developing an antibiotic immune infection and our choices are limited. We can keep on as we have been or try for a fix. Leaving him in pain and risking his life to an infection we can't fight is clearly unacceptable. The surgeon indicates that this is nothing at all like the original operation. He'll be a little sore and may have a significant incision (depending on how difficult the plate is to remove) but overall it's not a risky procedure. But. Well, we all know that one don't we?

Please keep our little man in your thoughts and well wishes. He's a strong dog and a fighter but this one is beyond what he can directly control. He's come so far and done so well. My fears are controlling me at the moment. I probably won't be around much until next Wednesday.

Thank you all.
Six
Lu
Angus


14 comments:

Murphy's Law said...

Best wishes, prayers and good thoughts from me, Murphy and Belle for our Western dog buddy. Hang in there, Angus!

Borepatch said...

Wolfgang sends a "woof" of encouragement.

Anonymous said...

Damn, Six, Angus has turned into the hard luck kid. FWIW, my bride, Ms Ranger, recently had an ankle plate removed after seven years and it was pretty much a non issue and she's somewhat older than Angus. Oh, no, I didn't write that. We'll be thinking of Angus, Ms Lu, and, of course, Six. regards, Alemaster

OldAFSarge said...

I'll be keeping Angus in my prayers. (I'll add a line or two for Six and Lu, of course.)

Keads said...

All my thoughts and prayers to you, Lu, and Angus. I wish a speedy recovery for all.

Brighid said...

Hang in there, Angus is way tougher than he's lett'n on. Nothing but GOOD on the way for all of you!

Rev. Paul said...

Father God, please heal Angus. Amen!

Old NFO said...

Thoughts and prayers sent...

Monkeywrangler said...

Oh no, poor Angus! I am sure you are making the right decision for him, Six & Lu. You can't leave the infection in place, and long term antibiotics have lots of issues too.

I will keep y'all in my prayers. Spoil him rotten for me, when he gets home from surgery!

Lee from La said...

Good Luck.

Six said...

Thank you all for your continued love and support. You're the best. Simply the finest people on the face of the Earth.

SUERTE said...

Prayers and blessings your way for you all.

Jennifer said...

Best wishes to you and Angus

LauraB said...

I dunno how you guys do it...I'd be a wreck. Makes the runaway badness pups of this evening a non-issue. Think they'll need an extra hug and kiss.

Prayers en route...strong, strong people!