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Our Phoebe is now fighting for her life. She tore her ACL. Went to Columbus to be operated on. Her surgical site developed a huge wound...we were told it was nothing to worry about...as it turns out, it is MRSA. Her first surgery was in August. She has been able to do nothing but lie in her bed. I would imagine we have been to the vet's about  50 -75 times. My husband has slept downstairs with her for the past five months. Her surgery was redone by someone more competent and her knee seems more comfortable although painful. She has little to no reserves. The first antibiotic made her terribly sick, she is now taking doxycycline and she does not want to eat. Unless her hematocrit is higher than 22 on this coming Monday, we will have her put to sleep. It is a rotten quality of life for her. This journey has cost us thousands of dollars...maybe 8-10k, which we don't have but she is a family member...our baby. I would like to warn those of you out there that MRSA is a powerful enemy...ask what precautions are taken if surgery is being done...ask what to look for...if we had known, perhaps our dear baby girl would be feeling better...instead, she probably won't see her 4th birthday in February, and we are devastated by the callousness of the first surgeon who refused to return calls from our vet and refused to answer my questions, that I submitted in writing.
Thanks, Judi and Phoebe


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I am so very sorry to hear about this.  Several of us have fought MRSA (MRSP) in our dogs recently.  I will pray for a good outcome.

 


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Please check out this link: http://www.mastiffchat.com/post/Methicillin-Resistant-Staphylococcus-Pseudintermedius-(MRSP)-5435154
It chronicles the treatment of an affected boy and how he beat the disease!!!
 You do not have to sign up. Just hit cancel on the sign in screen and it will take you to the reading material. If you have any questions or want to contact any of the members, sign up is pretty easy.

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Terri,
I think you and I have "spoken" before on another site...the website you sent will not open for me. We have been fighting this problem since August...my husband doesn't know what a full night of sleep is anymore. We had "the talk" last night...about hematocrit, quality of life, etc. Phoebe hasn't had a walk in almost 5 months...today, she got up for a few minutes and played. Would love to see the site you sent.
Thanks, Judi and Phoebe


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I did access the information finally and am amazed...I thought we were the only ones fighting this battle. The first ACL was improperly done. We asked, we begged, and I sent a list of questions to the surgeon. Received nothing. At the time, Phoebe had had an open wound on the surgical site, weeping...we were told it was a seroma. Now, knowing what we do...I can't believe we actually paid thousands to harm our baby. The second surgeon, the one who has been our angel, is Dr. Jennifer AU at Ohio State. She pulled in a team...did a terrific job and answers all of our questions. Phoebe is on her third antibiotic. The first was before her culture #1, Clindamycin. Then she was on a sulfa drug which was horrible for her and now, she is on Tetracycline. Today was the first day she ate by herself, without being force fed. She willing got up and moved to be with us... at least for a few minutes. The repair surgery was complicated by the MRSP..they cleaned up as much as they could...and wired her joint together. This will have to be removed later...and then she will wear a brace. We are hoping she makes it...thanks for all the information, I was really hunting around before I found this site. Just for some information...Phoebe eats all homecooked and raw food. No raw since she has been ill...but all high quality, hormone free, antibiotic free meat and fresh fruit and veggies. She ate eggs, mashed potatoes with the skin on and chicken and rice today. We also give her molasses in her kefir to try to help her anemia.
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Judy, hang in there please.  I am so, so sorry to hear of your really tough journey.  I have had first hand experience with this nasty, nasty bacteria.  Fortunately, for Aidan and all that love him, he was admitted to UC Davis and not let go for 9 days.  He had an undiagnosed bacteria in his paw and they ended up keeping him for 9 days with a vacuum in his foot that sucked out the bacteria... They cultured it constantly.  He was always on at least 3 different kinds of antibiotics and they were changed several times depending on what the culture revealed.  They told me that if I had tried to do the treatment at home we would have never overcome the MRSA.  I had the choice in the beginning and I chose to hospitalize him.  He did lose weight but they were able to support him with fluids, etc., at the vet.  He has one gynormous paw now that is sensitive at times and seems to get bigger (mostly inflamed tissue) but he made it~  It was very scary.  If you need any help or advise please do not hesitate to contact me.  I am so very happy to read that your girl is eating and hanging in there.
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Thanks for the encouragement Monica. Today was pretty warm in S.E. Ohio. Phoebe used to love to sit on our large front porch. I took her out for about five minutes, but she sat tall and straight and watched everything. Tonight we had to force feed her...which she hates, but she willingly ate her ice cream and animal crackers. This is a real roller coaster ride. When she had her repair of the TTA..she was on massive doses of IV antibiotic both before, during and after surgery. The surgeon also cleaned out the track where it exited to the surgical wound. And said it was looking much better than when she came in..Our vet is wonderful and makes house calls, and the vet techs who come to take her blood are her buddies. The ugly sore on her leg has cleared up and the surgical site has healed nicely, although it continues to give her pain. We know if she can make it that we are in for the long haul. Over the past five months, her muzzle has Greyed and she looks so thin to me, as she is a very big girl. This is a vicious bug and a horrible one to fight on top of two major surgeries....hearing that Aiden fought it and has survived, even with his sore paw, is encouraging. I pray that my Phoebe will conquer it as well as your Aiden...
Judi

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