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04-18-2014 01:05 AM
Jamie_in_KY He is doing very well
The hard part is keeping him from being too rambunctious for a few more days. When he is outside he wants to run and play hard so I have to keep him inside more than he wants to be.
04-16-2014 08:44 AM
K9POPPY Good to hear your guy is ok, this happened to our first GSD, I will tell you it always made a conversation point when meeting new people, hope he does well, best wishes, Bob
04-16-2014 01:49 AM
Jamie_in_KY Thank you
04-16-2014 01:29 AM
Ellimaybel Glad he's doing well. Hoping for a speedy recovery
04-16-2014 01:25 AM
Jamie_in_KY Just an update...
We went ahead and took him in to our local vet yesterday morning who performed the amputation just above the broken bone. We just didn't want to risk waiting any longer as the end of the tail was still very swollen.

The surgery went well, and my husband took the bandaging off today per the instructions from the vet, and it looks very good! We have to take him back in ten days to remove the stitches.

I am glad we had it done and no longer have to worry about it getting infected, etc. and causing him problems. Now we just have to keep him from bothering the site until it is healed. During the day I am able to keep a close eye on him, but he is wearing the e-collar for the night while we sleep.

Another plus is that we saved over $500 using our local vet
04-09-2014 02:02 PM
ApselBear
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Originally Posted by Jamie_in_KY View Post
Yes we do trust the local vets. They have been around for a long time and we've never had a problem with them.
I don't think I would ask the other to match the price lol, but I don't know about my husband, he is a lot more forward than I am. But, I agree it would have to be done carefully because I want to keep a good relationship with both vets.
Our vets are pretty finicky so we tread extra carefully
Anyways best of luck to you and your dog
04-09-2014 02:01 PM
TheModestMouse I thought sampson, the cat, would always have a funky looking tail because of his shorter fur. However, it looks as if he was born a manx now. It will be fine, especially with that longer GSD fur.
04-09-2014 01:58 PM
Jamie_in_KY Aww..cute kitty
The first vet did say that they see more cats with broken tails than dogs.

That is one thing DH is worried about...the hair covering the end. I think with a GSD, the hair is long enough that it would cover any bare skin on the end.
04-09-2014 01:55 PM
Jamie_in_KY Yes we do trust the local vets. They have been around for a long time and we've never had a problem with them.
I don't think I would ask the other to match the price lol, but I don't know about my husband, he is a lot more forward than I am. But, I agree it would have to be done carefully because I want to keep a good relationship with both vets.
04-09-2014 01:54 PM
TheModestMouse
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Another question..
...He wanted a second opinion. They said the same thing..amputation. But there was a huge difference in price for the surgery compared to what we were quoted by our other vet.

....So if it were you, would you schedule surgery with the second vet even though they weren't the original vet to see the dog if it would save you several hundred dollars? She said they do these surgeries fairly often.
If you trust the second vet and their practices, then why not save the money that can be used on other things. Just make sure the service will be similar or the same (make sure you are not unintentionally skimping out on your pet's care).

Besides, the 2nd vet is closer. So, if there are complications then the vet that did the surgery is closer.

My cat broke his tail and severed the nerve between the 3rd and 4th vertebrae. We got it amputated and I actually think he prefers his smaller tail (he can position it in new ways and wags it in circles). He could have kept the rest of the tail since it wasn't bothering him, but in the long run he could have caught it in doors and other things. Better safe then sorry I guess. By the way, he is still sensitive about it (no touchy the tail), but it doesn't hurt him and healed quickly. (Make sure they give you pain meds though, they didn't with us and he was not thrilled with the pain.) The fur is what took the longest to return to normal.

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