WE must warn you that the pictures are quite graphic
Dougal is doing better but is still in a lot of pain.
The swelling is down but the damage to the leg is more pronounced.
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Here is the latest update from Jon.
Let me add that I really appreciate that Jon has allowed us to follow this whole process. Dougal is like family to us here at Canine Country Club and we are hurting right along with his family.
Just wanted to give you an update on Dougal...
The black area of dead skin was ready to fall off yesterday, so he went to the vet this morning to have it surgically removed. It was better to do it this way than have it fall off in pieces or by bumping against something.
Now the poor pup has a very large area of missing flesh on his leg. It wraps almost all the way around. There's only about 1/2 inch of solid flesh on his inside part of the leg holding things together. It is agonizing to look at...really very painful looking.
The plan now is to keep everything wrapped and clean for about two week as the new tissue begins to granulate in. We are hoping that it granulates in enough that a skin graft will not be necessary...or if one is required, it will be just a small part of his leg.
He is in a good amount of pain and wimpering. I feel absolutely terrible for him because there is nothing i can do.
I just hope that he is OK while i go to work. With Kat and my schedules being somewhat staggered, he will end up being alone for about 7 hours a day. He is wearing a cone. As long as he doesn't find a way to remove it during the day, he shouldn't be able to chew at his bandages. He has his own room in the house that is pretty free from stuff to rub against.
Do you think that we should put him in a crate to keep him from fussing with his bandages? Or would that maybe stress him out even more? He is really going a bit stir crazy and we need to keep him as immobile as possible.
Well, that's basically where we are at for now. I need to change his bandages once per day. I am not sure how curious you are to see the wound. If you would like me to send you photos, i can do that tomorrow...but it will be very gross.
Thanks again for all of your concern. I received a really nice email from Ben too. That was so nice of him to think of us...it meant a lot.