Indy’s “new” wound and more food stories

Indy had been doing very well right after we started treating his paw wound but I did wonder why the paw was still swollen.

Yesterday morning, I noticed “another” wound directly on top of the earlier wound. So this would be on top of the paw.

I quickly texted the vet with photos but the vet was on leave, so I can only contact her today. On hindsight, it seems, to my totally untrained eye, since this wound is directly on top of the earlier wound at the bottom, that whatever pierced his paw at the bottom must have gone through the whole paw! We didn’t know because the top of the paw wasn’t shaven.

I had only been cleaning the bottom wound and that healed beautifully in barely one day.

6.40am: This morning, the wound burst, which is a good thing. We want it to burst so that the pus and infection would flow out and not seep inwards (that would be a total nightmare).

Poor Indy. He has to contend with a “second” wound now, but luckily he is already on oral antibiotics. Being under the bed means Indy isn’t feeling well. Yesterday, he didn’t even feel like eating dinner at all. Poor guy.

I did have my concerns about the painkillers too, because while it would address the pain and make Indy feel better, it can also mask whatever pain he is feeling, and that could have its disadvantages as well. Which is the lesser of the two evils, I don’t know.

But I am quite sure this “new” wound has burst now. I will check with the vet again when the clinic opens.

Indy ate breakfast today, which is good. Talking about their meals, I have now resorted to giving Indy Cindy’s baby food as a starter for his breakfast. Then, add on canned food if he can take it. Indy has this problem with his digestion in the morning. I suspect it is because of the long hours through the night of having no food in the digestive system. Raw food in the morning has the tendency of making him regurgitate. So I have to resort to canned or cooked food.

Bunny has been extremely fussy with his food as well. As for him, I am still experimenting and trying to figure it out. This morning, I steamed Cubgrub CKD Chicken for him. This can be steamed and cooked because it does not contain any bone (replaced by eggshell). He wasn’t too interested but finally ate it. I have been steaming chicken breast meat for him which he likes (but that is not complete).

So now, the only ones who can eat raw food would be Tabs, Ginger, Cow Mau and Cleo. That’s not bad too, 4 out of 6.

7.50am: A photo of the “new” wound:

I’m quite certain it has burst.

Indy came out from under the bed to sit beside me. He knows I’m trying to help him.

2.30pm:

We came back from the vet’s earlier and my guess was wrong.

It wasn’t the puncture wound going through the entire paw. It was the bottom wound tunneling (forming fistulas) to find another path of least resistance to come out. So there was still infection in the bottom wound and it’s trying to find its way out. Scary, isn’t it? What if it tunneled inwards into the body? That could lead to sepsis and death.

So, the vet did a very thorough cleaning of this new wound. Yes, it’s “new”, alright.

As it turned out, the old wound at the bottom actually has not healed completely yet.

Throughout the cleaning, the vet poked holes in and around the wound with a needle and pressed out whatever fluids there was. Indy did not even flinch. Betul-betul tahan lasak tahap maksimum, our Indy Jones. Even the vet remarked so.

It was mostly blood that came out, not pus. So it is probably not infected yet, and if it gets infected, it would be in 2 days’ time. The vet checked the blood and found some bacteria in it, but not in excess.

What I would have to do now is to apply cold compression to reduce the inflammation, continue cleaning twice a day and apply the Fucidin cream.

Indy was also given another Metacam injection. He is also prescribed a second antibiotic, Metrogyl, alongside the earlier Marboflaxacin (extended too). He will also be on Onsior, a stronger anti-inflammatory but is safe for his kidneys.

If after 2 days, the swelling does not come down, Indy might need to be sedated and have the wound lanced. Let’s hope it doesn’t lead to this.

Applying the cold compression which Indy does not like.

I am still wondering HOW Indy got that puncture wound and I’m almost sure it had something to do with that one single war cry that night. Coincidentally Bunny could not open his right eye too – now this completely baffles me. But Bunny’s eye seems okay now.

Ginger, on the other hand, has this claw hanging by a thread on his left hind paw.

We just noticed this after returning from the vet’s. But I’ve sent photos and the vet says to just clean it and monitor it. Ginger seems totally nonchalant about it, though. He is walking and running as normally as he can be.

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