its been a tough few months, but the look of joy on his face when he saw us today was worth all the stress!
I'm glad he's home and I bet he was really happy to see you! Thankfully a lot of abscesses just kind of either burst on their own or go down with the right antibiotics. My Boxer had a nasty looking mouth abscess and it cleared up with antibiotics alone. No drainage needed. I do remember that it took about 3 weeks to completely go away but it showed improvement in just a couple of days.
Since you guys are so far out you might consider finding a vet who is cool with phone or Skype consults and the owner doing some of the work. A livestock vet that also sees small animals may be the type to look for. Regular small animal vets see too many clients who can't even manage ear cleaning or nail trims.
Many meds that are "vet prescription only" for dogs are widely available over the counter for livestock, fish, or birds. You just have to know which one is the correct one and what margin of error you have. If you can consult with a vet they will know what the first line antibiotic is and how often it tends to fail along with how quick things could turn serious. Buy them before you need them though as there are often runs on them following disasters or terrorist events.
Of course, I'm not suggesting that you use livestock, fish, or bird antibiotics on your dog. Merely stating that they are available.
Muzzle conditioning is something you'll want to look into if you're going to be doing any of your own vet work. My AmBull broke one of her nails and I'm seriously regretting that I don't have a muzzle for her and haven't done any muzzle conditioning. I don't want to touch the exposed quick. I just want to trim the hanging part but she's not convinced.
I truly wish there was a vet like that around us, or even away from us, but the vets in Manitoba are not open to "not seen themselves", I am annoyed to no end that the flight's require 2 hour ahead of time drop-offs when they know damn well our flights are never on time, but in Northern Canada we are supposed to appreciate the fact that they even give us service, it is a joke, worst part is if you don't tie wrap crates when shipping, they take your dogs out and try to play with them!
I will be buying some of the soap the vet provided, as a just in case for the future, they misspelt the name on my vet bill, so will look for the same type ( they sent surgical scrub)
Sometimes it does not pay to live in the north!
We don't have skype, I do have a landline, and I use the cell provided internet, but it is sketchy, and does not open 97% of the webpages needed to do anything online..that's life in Churchill!
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