Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Phantom here, reporting that I am still an unhappy boy. I had to go to the vet yesterday. Here I was thinking that my two weeks were up and those stitches would come out AND I would be cone-free.
It was not to be. Mom called the vet early yesterday because late Saturday she caught a bad smell coming from my face. She thought my incision looked OK, but she was worried about an infection. So off we went yesterday to the vet. My incision is fine, and there is no infection - YAY!!! The smell is from some nasty dermatitis due to the area around my incision staying moist. Now Mom has some liquid to wipe on my face and the odor is already gone.
BUT Dr. P. wouldn't take out my stitches and said I had another week to wait. He thinks I may have popped a few of the stitches near the widest and deepest part of my incision. There is a nice healthy scab formed there. If he takes the stitches out AND I go coneless, he is worried I will scratch the scab off, and then the healing will have to start all over again.
So I am still hanging out in the laundry room where no one can bother me.
Momster here now. We are very sorry we are not yet able to comment on all your wonderful posts. But so many of you have written to us asking about Phantom that we thought we would just give you a quick update. We were very disappointed that the cone can't be removed because Phantom is not eating well at all. We have tried all sorts of very tasty things to try to tempt him. He has lost two pounds which isn't a lot in a typical Siberian, but he doesn't really have two pounds to lose. We are going to try removing the cone during mealtime to see if that will help. But he will have to be monitored very closely because he beats that paw against the cone so we know he could do a lot of damage if he got at the incision.
Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara also want to let you know that they all had a wonderful time at The Bachelor Party for Frankie and The Bachelorette Party for Ruby and Penny. We missed out on all the fun of commenting on those very special posts that Pip, Daisy, Mayzie, and Puddles prepared so beautifully. Thanks to all for a wonderful time.
Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara
Pee Ess, we are trying very hard to read all the posts since last week, but we are getting very close to thinking we may have to "mark all as read" and start fresh once life here settles down to its normal state of frenzy.