Guest jetska Posted August 17, 2013 Share Posted August 17, 2013 OK, so I'm totally new to this forum and I'm joining to kind of vent. About 3 months ago I noticed that Barbie had some swelling on her rear foot, just above her paw pad. This burst and some clear serum and blood drained. I took her to the Vet. She went on a week long course of antibiotics. The drainage hole sealed and it swelled up and burst again. More antibiotics, another week. I think she got some Metacam as well. It went down again, then sealed, burst again. This time the vets admitted her for surgery, opened up the foot and cleaned it out. They said they couldnt find any tracks and so they thought if there was a foreign body that it wasn't still in there She licked her foot a bit after the surgery and opened up another hole near the surgical site - a bit of clear fluid out of this again. There has never really been any puss, just clear fluid and blood. When the vet took the stitches out Barbie went to kick her in the head, she slipped and nicked her paw pad. This is the only time that she was lame on the foot because the paw pad obviously hurt. The paw pad healed and the hole that Barbie made also healed, and guess what! It filled and burst again. Then it healed over and her whole leg swelled up over about 48hrs up to her 'knee' joint looked puffy. She was lame on her foot then. I took her back to the vet they gave an anti inflamatory shot and the skin opened up on the bottom of her foot once again... the swelling went down. They did xrays the next day, these came up normal. Sent home with a week's worth of metacam and 3 weeks worth of baytril. There's still a bit of fluid and it seems to be building up slowly. It really only takes a very small amount of fluid for me to notice it as their legs are just bones, skin and tendon! I think as soon as the Metacam finishes it will puff up again so will be taking her back for a recheck. The vet said the next step would be an MRI as they don't want to open it up again in the hope of finding something they didn't find the first time. Vet also mentioned the possibility of some kind of soft tissue cancer. The MRI would obviously pick up either. Barbie's almost 6, never raced and never had issues with her feet or being lame. She's insured so the MRI will be covered under pet insurance. A friend suggested I go to a different Vet for another opinion but I think proceeding with the MRI might bring about a faster resolution to the issue giving a clear image of what is going on. What do you guys think? Any similar experiences on here? This has been going on for about 3 months now and it's getting a bit grating for Barbie. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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