Nina is my 10.5 yo black female GSD foster failure. Let me start by saying we are hoping Nina has a staph infection and I feel like maybe it really is that.
Nina has never been as healthy as the rest of the pack. She was a puppy maker and was with her breeder (grandma's her mom type pedigree) for 7 years, they were no good and then with the family that took her to the shelter-also obviously not good. I got her at 8 and have never felt she has achieved the health level that I see in the others. Today the vet said it even looked like she had a torn ACL way back that was never addressed and allowed to heal improperly. Jeesh.
She's got a good appetite, been as sweet as always (she is painfully sweet) but I noticed a sore on her leg Sunday and took her in to the vet today.
I thought it was possibly a lick thing, but it was open. And scary looking-she had gotten or all the hair had come off of it. And the smell was different.
She got her leg shaved-it's on her hock/ankle-dime sized maybe. She got her butt shaved to see if there was anything there (we had legs/hips and butt checked and even sniffed on 6/11). And she has what we really, really hope is a staph infection on that leg and along the bones that hurt when you ride a bike-if a dog rode a bike. And when I was waiting for him after the girls shaved her-I checked her out more and found some bumps on her lips.
I had her bloodwork run-the one machine is broken but the results they got back were good, so that's a plus and tomorrow or Wednesday I will get a blood count back.
She got 750 mg of cephalexin to take 2x/day (1500 mg/day). Recheck in two weeks. If not improved a culture or biopsy- can't remember what he said there. I feel SO bad for her. She must have been uncomfortable but she is stoic and sweet-so never a snap or a growl at me or any of the other dogs.
I am going to call and ask if she should have anything for comfort. She has a soft cone on and is doing well with it. Maybe not well though-okay-I may need to get a better collar for her-like the bite not.
So I am really hoping that it gets better fast. He said it seemed a little too patterned-more like staph.
Any thoughts? Thanks.