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He has sepsis, it has been treated but because he has been

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He has sepsis, it has been treated but because he has been lying for 2 weeks, his paws are swollen, oozing liquid and the bottom of his paw is cold. The vet says that it is dead, there is no circulation in the foot. Is there anything else that they should be thinking about?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Liam
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Liam?
Customer: No. He has been sick for two weeks on IV. It is strange that his foot is oozing liquid, the foot pad seems to be separating too. He is on antibiotics which are helping to fight the bacteria.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 8 months ago.

Hi, this is Dr. Hill. I am so sorry that Liam is going through this. Unfortunately, once the tissue is cold and becomes necrotic (no blood flow, odor, oozing fluid) then there is not any way to salvage. Is it the whole leg, just the foot or a few toes that are discolored and cold? Did they place a Doppler probe to evaluate for blood flow? If the whole foot or limb is not affected then you can decbride (remove) the dead tissue and let the rest of the tissue declare its viability over a few days. Wet to dry bandages are required with daily changing to evaluate the tissue. Please feel free to post pictures and additional questions. Have they discussed amputation?