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  1. Our 10 year old Greyhound River is healing from an amputation of her outer right toe on the front left leg. Her bandage got wet. More context is below. What do I do?! About seven nights ago, she came inside limping. I checked her and thought maybe she stepped on something but didn't notice anything aside the limp. We called the vets and despite greyhounds being notorious for cancer in their legs and paws, they told us to wait another day and come in if she was still limping. Her left front paw was swollen the next day. We took her to the vets last Wednesday and the outer right toe was broken. She has surgery on Thursday and came home a few hours after. A splint and bandage would take 6 to 8 weeks of miserable healing and the doctor suggested a toe amputation, which would heal much faster and be better for her in the long run due to her age and the fact that limping around in a splint for 8 weeks when we are moving to a property with 2 acres of land would torture her. They amputated the toe on Thursday and she has been wearing a thick bandage since. I woke up this morning to rain and put on a sandwich baggy as best as I could, but it fell off and now its wet. I called my mother, whose away at the moment, and she told me it would be fine. I asked her to call the vets since I'll be going to a doctors appointment at 10 am. She said it would be fine and I told her it wasn't suppose to get wet, that it could cause infection, make her more uncomfortable and miserable, etc. Its only been four days! She has been taking a pain pill once a day and an antibiotic twice a day. What should I do? I'm so scared! I feel like an idiot.
  2. Hello: I am a new poster here and, true confession, I don't have a grey, I have a weimaraner. But I am looking for information from an active caring forum and this one seems to fit the bill more than any other. Plus Greys and Weims are all short-haired and speedy so likely to have some commonality in their issues. I hope it is okay for me to post here! My weim jumped a ditch about six weeks ago and dislocated a metacarpal bone on the front paw, extremely swollen etc. He has been in a splint to the shoulder until two weeks ago at which time he went to a cotton batting and vet wrap and duct tape wrap to the shoulder with no splint, to give him some support as he began using the foot again. He got it wet and I was not sure if that happened or not so I cut a piece out of the bandage to test it and it seemed dry, but no, it was wet inside. It's not too too bad, but it could sure use some improvement ASAP. He has several areas that are red and irritated, places on his toes and on his entire leg. Do I try honey or other goopy things that I know promote healing or is it more important to let it just totally dry out for a few days? Athelete's foot powder etc? Any suggestions/input/anecdotes would be appreciated.
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