First image is before the first surgery. You can see all those little spiny triangles on the ends of his toe bone are the third phalanges for each toe of his front paw. Those were not only sharp and pointy on the front as they tried to regrow his claws (they’re the nail-bed and claw bone) he had spiny protrusions growing on them which was causing severe irritation of the surrounding soft tissue. The last joint between the second and third phalanges had arthritis.
The second image is the results of the first surgery. The second phalanges of his index and ring toes had so many spiny protrusions that the surgeon opted to remove both completely. You can see in the ring toe the nail bone fragment that was missed. The third phalanges and nail bones were successfully removed from his pinkie toe while the middle toe only required that the nail bone be removed.
The third image is essentially the same as the second. They retook it just to be certain of what they were looking at. He also had developed a small infection in his toes.
The fourth image is the most current. They removed the floating bit of nail bone and trimmed away the infected tissue. The ends of the remaining toe bones are smooth and he’ll develop callused tissue under them as he begins to put weight on that foot again. They managed to save his toe pads so he’ll have all 4 pads on that left foot still though they’ll look a bit funny since they’ll be in slightly weird positions now with his shortened toes.
He’s on a new antibiotic to battle the infection, one that is stronger and more suitable for his feet and skin than the one we had him on before. He’s on some pain killers again as well as antibiotics and a probiotic dietary supplement. He doesn’t like me sticking the syringe in his mouth for either of those but he did a pretty good job. He’ll get used to it.
We go back in a week to get the bandages changed and his wounds checked and more pain meds and antibiotics if we need it.
He’s doing really well right now. He’s just sleeping the pain away all curled up on my pillow.
Other good news about this now that I’ve shared photos with you all. The vet surgeon did not charge me for her work! I didn’t even have to bring it up. She did a terrific job too. It was less of a botched first job and more of a job that needed a two step plan of attack. The ends of his toes had been so messy with little bone fragments that it was difficult to get it all done in one go. I still paid for the antibiotics, medication, bandages, probiotics, and x-rays but that was a negligible $170something ish. Compared to the others this one was very small. A huge weight is off my shoulders knowing that the only thing now will just be paying for medications and bandaging as he heals as long as everything goes well with the antibiotics.
He’ll still have to have the other foot done but the vet and I had the same line of thinking. We’re going to wait until that paw tells us it’s going to be a problem. As of right now it’s just a little arthritic. Today was too busy for me to track down the previous vet but I’ll likely try on Saturday. Hopefully I can get them to compensate me for the next round of surgeries based on the cost of these ones.
I’m going to close commissions for now. I have enough to cover the current bills. I’m workin on getting those adoptables and insert character here auctions done. I’m a bit off schedule but hopefully those will be of interest to people and I can use those to carry me through the much smaller checkup/rebandage/medication bills.
Thank you again everyone for helping me and Toby through this! It’s been rough but we got through the hardest part for now. Gosh I’m so sleepy. I’ve been up for almost two days. I can’t think of anything else to say so… good night everyone. I’ll keep you all updated.
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