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    good thoughts for my sister's rotti

    Something wrong with my sister's rotti. Against my advice she neutered him at 8 months old. About six months ago he blew a knee and had the repair surgery, this was several months ago, everything seemed fine until two weeks ago then the leg started swelling up, really huge, took him to the vet and they gave her an anti biotic, after xrays and blood work. This dog is huge 167 pounds, should have never been neutered so young. He seemed to be doing ok on the anti biotic until Sat. then the leg swelled up again. He won't even get up, didn't even come to see me when I went over and usually I have to fight with him to get in the house because he wants a treat. He's at the vet now and I'm waiting for her to call me, but the vet said they may have to amputate the leg if the infection is around the screws from the past surgery. I pleaded with her to take him to Boston but she said she trusts her vet. Waiting for her to call me and tell me whats going on. Problem is if the infection is because of the surgery an anti biotic won't help, it can't get to the infection through the screws. He needs to go to Boston, whether she takes my advice is debatable.
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    my sister called me, they are keeping the dog at the vets, giving him an anit biotic in an IV, vet thinks his body is rejecting the lines and screws from his surgery, if he's no better by tomorrow they will open the leg and see what's going on and if necessary undo the surgery and hopefully its built up enough scar tissue that they won't have to re do it. It still could come to amputation so lets hope not. If he were my dog he'd already be in Boston.
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    Sending warm healing thought to your sister and her Rotti, a lot of the larger dogs can have problems with their knees even when young, like my Alaskan Malamute who was intact. Any injury is much worse with all that weight on it. 167 pounds really sounds huge to me, is the dog overweight or just large and muscular? In any case, I feel bad for him and your sister, hope things work out for them.

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    He's not overweight, just a big dog. I've been on the phone with her for the last hour, she is in quite a state. The more I think about it the worse the situation seems to me but I'm not saying anything to her, she's worried enough about him, but think about it, once they blow a knee its like within two years they blow the other, now if he has to have the leg amputated what's going to happen if he blows the other knee? And because he's so big when the first knee was bad he shifted his weight to the other side to the good knee, which put a strain on that knee. So doing the other knee is not out of the realm of possibility. This vet she takes him to is probably an ok vet but he's a gp, she needs to take him where they have all the equipment that is only going to be found in a place like Tuffs or Angel Memorial. This vet doesn't know for sure what's wrong with him, I think six months is kind of a long time for the body to reject the first surgery. I would want to know definetely what is wrong and to do that he needs to be in a place where they have all they need to find out and not guess. As I said if he were my dog he'd already be in Boston. But he's not my dog and she never listens to me so there is nothing else I can do.

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    It doesn't sound good Linda, you're right. His other knee and joints are already strained from the injury, having the other knee go out could lead to a really bad outcome. He looks like a sweet dog, I hope he can survive this.

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    I'm so sorry to hear about your sister's Rotti. I'm sending prayers and well wishes y'alls way. Please continue to keep us updated on him.

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    that's baby Zeus. He is really a good dog, he's had all kinds of training and listen well, except when he sees me, then he gets instant amnesia, doesn't respond to anyone but me and the treats. So for him to not even get up and then refuse the treat he's got to be sick. I think he's sicker than she knows, his leg was fine Sat. morning, in the afternoon it started to swell, and by the time I went over around 3 he wouldn't get up. This tells me the infection is traveling through his body and today his temp was 105, again not good. I'm really worried about him.
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    I've been spending a lot of time at my sisters the past couple of weeks, she had major back surgery two weeks ago, she had a twisted bone in her back pressing on the siatic nerve causing her a lot of pain, she went to Lebannon NH for the surgery because its such a delicate surgery only 14 doctors in the country can do it. They removed two bones in her back and replaced them with titanium rods. So I've been going over and helping her out, making lunch ect, doing laundry, ect. She has to go on Wed, to have her stitches out, its 100 miles up there and another hundred miles back. I'm worried about both of them, her and the dog.
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    It's frustrating when people won't take advice, especially when it affects not themselves but a pet who is completely dependent on their decisions. I feel your pain.

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    Zeus' fever sounds bad. Also sorry to hear about your sister's back surgery, I know she's in a lot of pain, so many people even say they feel worse after the surgery, I hope the operation helps her. Must be very stressful making such a long drive for medical reasons.

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    Oh Linda I'm sorry to hear about this awful situation. Baby Zeus looks like a sweetie and I really hope a miracle can happen. Thank goodness you can help your sister out and she's lucky to have you. But sometimes family can be so stubborn and then it makes the situation more stressful. I just hope everything doesn't happen all at once on Wednesday.

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    she had no choice about the surgery it was either surgery or she'd wind up in a wheelchair, she is feeling a lot better, no more pain from the siatic nerve anyway, she still can't drive but wed. they are taking out the stitches and doing another mri to make sure everything is in the right place. But that high fever with the dog isn't good, it means wherever the infection is its traveling fast through his body, it was 105 this afternoon and 106 means brain damage. He is such a good boy, I can't imagine how its going to be if he doesn't pull through this. I know how much they love him and I can't understand why they won't take him to Boston where there are specialists for everything there. Her vet may be fine but he is not a specialist. If it were my dog I'd want the best for him. But she is convinced she is making the right decision. I'm even nervous about taking Sandy in to be spayed, I know its a routine nothing surgery but still anything can happen, I'm even having the pre surgery blood work done to make sure she can handle the anesthesia.
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    this is not the dog I know, he gets so excited when I drive in the yard he stands at the window and wiggles all over and cries. For him to not even get up is not him. Even when I brought a treat to him he left it on the floor and just closed his eyes and dropped his head, so not like him. I did get him to drink some water though, course he won't eat but at least he's drinking a bit. Not today, today he wouldn't drink either, took two men to get him in the truck and two men to carry him inside at the vets. And there is so much to do for the upcoming wedding, her oldest son is getting married June 9th, the shower is May 5th and there are 200 people on the guest list. Everything is so hectic right now.
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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    All of that going on at the same time has got to be tough. My best advice is just to try and take things a day at a time. I think that to myself on days that I'm feeling overwhelmed. Hopefully if they do have to open his leg back up tomorrow his scar tissue will be enough so they won't have to amputate. Keeping y'all in my thoughts.

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    So sorry about all that happened. Will be praying about everything.
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