Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
I completely understand what you are referring to
Ideally would be to anesthetize Rasta and debulk the dead/ dying/ inflamed skin then suture it back together
I typically do not use staples in the ear due to the sensitive tissue but every vet has preferences on how they treat surgically
If the ear is healing well on its own then I am not sure I would interfere but if it continues to stay open and drain/ not heal then surgery might need to be considered
I am an RN and with people if a wound dehis's we never reclose.. It then needs to heal from the inside out. It is a lg wound and will take a long time to heal this way but I am afraid that it will get reinfected if it heals outward before the inside catches up?
I agree, if it is not debulked before suturing/ stapling then likely it will simply dehisce again
In a 12 year old dog that has a 3 week ongoing infection I would let it heal by second intention
He had injured his ear and needed surgery so it would stop filling with sero sang flui( drining wasn't sucessful). I thought they would do the quilting but they used this plastic appliance . They then sutured his ear up to the top of his head. The plastic rivit things rubbed a wound. So if they debulk first it should in your opinion it will wourk with the staples? I just read your response..... any idea how letting it heal this way would take?
sorry about my typing... trying to hurry
That's ok, no worries with spelling!
I used the plastic a few times and had one do a similar lesion so I stopped using it after that
I would prefer suturing the ear versus staples
Since the ears rotate/ move regularly they can rotate in the ear and be upside down which can be quite painful to remove
The ear is so sensitive!
ok sounds good...... Thank you so much
How long would it take...that is difficult
It has already been three weeks so I would go on the lengthy side and say perhaps another 3 weeks
Do you know if they have laser therapy?
This can stimulate healing
Right now I want them to fix their error.... They keep charging me for the additional tx due to this. I can only imagine what they would charge for laser.
Laser therapy is not pricey
It can range from $30-50/ session
I will look into it then....... thank you!
And one of their technicians can do it, since this is due to their errors, I would definitely discuss doing this at no charge
Since it takes about 5 minutes to perform by support staff
It is worth a try!
Can I assist with any additional questions today?
no thank you so much. You have been very helpful.
Great! I truly wish you and Rasta luck in getting him to heal...
If you have more questions or if I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to accept my answer, please press RATE OUR CONVERSATION. Bonuses are always welcome. (I am not compensated in any other way). Thanks!
If you have additional questions after you rate the question, you are welcome to request me for additional conversations if I am on-line or by beginning your question "Dr. Altman..." or "Dogdoc4u..." and others will leave the questions for me. Good luck to you both!!!
You are very welcome!