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Hey everyone!

 

Our girl, Party, had her front right leg amputated about 6 months due to osteo. She had 5 rounds of chemo and a clear chest scan. She fell in our kitchen on Wednesday and it made her legs splay out to the side, it was a pretty nasty fall. Since then, she hasnt wanted to eat, hasnt wanted to stand and walk on her own, and has had a temp of 103.5. We took her to the vet, her scan was still clear. Heart and lungs sounded good. They kept her today and gave her fluids and antibiotics to hopefully break the high temp. It did come down to 101. She still isnt wanting to eat or get up on her own and had two bouts of diarrhea. The vet did blood work and they said it looked good but when we got home and compared her WBC numbers to our greyhound blood chart, it was extremely high at 11.5. We think our vet forgot that Greyhound blood is different than other dogs. Would trauma from a fall cause a high white blood cell count? Or is it more likely an infection? Shes almost 12 so were hoping its not the end for her because she seems very defeated.

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Gjohnson, go to this thread with your question too. Folks there are well experienced with post amputation issues. http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php/topic/318606-osteo-thread-part-9/

 

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Thanks for the responses everyone - sorry I wasnt more clear. Her remaining legs are good, no signs of fracture. This morning she ate 2 scrambled eggs! Her temp has held steady at 101.3. She still isnt terribly interested in getting up or walking on her own.

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All i know about fever is that they shouldn't be prolonged, and that it usually means they are fighting something. I wonder if she has some kind of infection somewhere her body is fighting as that is indicative of the higher count and fever. I think antibiotics would be prudent. Don't blame her for not eating, she likely feels really poopie. (101 isn't really feverish, 103 is - they tend to run hot)

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