Please Help my Remy
On Nov 27, 2016; Sun after Thanksgiving, Rem (my Greyhound baby boy) and I decided to go to the apartment dog park for some quality off leash ball chasing time. We got two feet into the park when 3 dogs ran up us to play... they didn't want to play. They instead tore into my boy, luckily the owner was able to pull the main agressor off and I was able to shield him from the other two with a few well placed kicks and a lot of yelling. I took him to emergency that night not yet realizing the extent of his injuries. They sent me home with the words "come back tomorrow to pick him up, he may be sore so you may want to stay home with him and the wounds may be seeping, so get a baby gate"... so i did that. Monday morning I borrowed the baby gate, cleaned the kitchen (so he could seep on the linolium instead of the carpet) and set off to get my boy. Fast forward to now and he still hasn't come home.
He received about 10 bites from 3 dogs in those 30 seconds that seemed to last a lifetime. Bites are mostly on his rear legs, chest and neck. One of those bites came way too close to his jugular, doc told me if the dog had been bigger or stronger I would have lost Remy right there in the dog park.
Here's what's happening as of 12/1/16 (will post updates when available)
-Initial wound care of the bites (clipping torn or dead skin and stitches, approx 50 stitches)
-Tramatic Rhabdomyolysis (muscle damage releases a protien harmful to the kidneys, could cause death / permanent kidney damage)
-Wounds have gone Septic (infected, wounds have started to turn black at the stitches and are seeping)
-Platelet count is down to 20k (should be between 170k - 400k)
-D.I.C. Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (possible cause of the low platelet issue)
-Edema (severe swelling connected to fluids due to infection)
-Recurring fever, from the infection
-Attached to IV for fluids, dextrose and medications
His care has cost $6,031.16 as of today. Vet says he still has more time to spend in their ICU at approx $1,000.00 per day.
He retired from the tracks only last year, his retirement hasn't been nearly long enough and he has way more balls to chase.....
Thank you for taking the time to hear Remy's story.
Any help that you can give would be appreciated.
If you'd like to donate directly, Remy is at....
VCA Metroplex Animal Hospital
he's at VCA Metroplex Animal
Remy is doiung so much better...
-Almost all swelling gone in his back left leg/paw; can barely really tell that it's swollen the difference is so small between left and right paws.
-He can get up on the couch without asaistanc; i found him up there on Saturday when i got hm from running errands. Up till then i had to help him up.
-Stitches on neck and chest look good, healing.
-Stitches on front and back of knee not healing as well, I've been laying towels and blankets all over the place. He's leaving tiny bits of himself all over the apartment. This is what the doc was talking about where they would cut away the dead skin, clean it out and restitch. Oy...
He's been gaining his weight back slowly but surely. He's been getting spoiled with the occasional tbls of peanut butter, couple tbls of cream cheese that camouflage his meds twice a day (vet told me to get pill pockets at pet smart, he wouldn't take them. Saved myself $20 by getting a couple cream cheeses instead).
Someone left a comment about weight gain, former trainer, David i think. I have added meet to his kibble every other day or so. Which he LOVES, more rotisserie chicken; we share our dinner every once in a while. And you said uncooked poridge... like grits? I'm not sure i know what that is, anything oatmealish is a little revolting to me. I looked at Kroegers but didn't see "porridge".... ewww shudder.... but if it will help my bb, i'll give it a shot. So, is grits the same thing?
I'm planning on getting his stitches out on wed or thurs. Will leave another update at that time.
Thank you again...
He's been a sleepy boy... 1st day home and we've had 2 walks today so far... 1 more b4 bed time meds and official sleepy time.
He's been sniffing every leaf, blade of grass and rock... and apparently he feels they have all been defiled since he's been away. He is spreading his pee all over the neighborhood since he came home last night.
He finally ate really well tonight. I was advised to give him smallish meals more often. He had been kinda pickin at food till this afternoon. After our last walk he ate almost 2 cups of food. Kibble plus finely cut green beans, plain yogurt plus salmon oil.... go figure... sounds revolting to me but he was in heaven.
I got confirmation that i really got to take him home this evening...
And now... he's home!!!
He still has some issues to overcome; possible wound therapy, hoping this is not needed. I should know on Sunday or Monday when we get the stitches removed.
The Albumin levels are still low, vet is sure that they will return to normal as he starts to eat normal food.
I'm going to have everything retested when stitches come out.
He came home with 9 medications, 9! Antibiotics, pain killers and coagulants. Probably something else too, just can't think of it right now. Been thinking that i need to make a chart... too many with too many dosages and time frames to keep track of.
I'm taking the next couple days off and working partial days on Thursday and Friday. Depending on how he does.
Having issues with his back legs a bit, still weak and shakey. of course they'll get better over the next couple weeks, right? that's what the doc says.
She's thinking 2 weeks (maybe 3?) and he'll b back to normal. God i hope so...
From the car to our apartment we needed to take a few breaks, but we got here. He headed straight to the bedroom for his fave doggie bed and stayed there for about 2 hours. He just came out to see me and hang out... pic below...
Back lower legs / paws are still a bit swollen (not like they were)... but all else looks loads better... he lost tons of weight too... can't see it here, but way more spinal and rib bones than are decent are on display... sigh...
BB boy is home though, that is the main thing... bb steps....
Saying it again... and will probably continue to say it... thank u allllll so much! Could not have handled this without u!
I talked to the Tech this morning, swelling in back legs is down a lot. They took him for a walk outside this morning, he didn't want to go back in... And.... how do i put this delicately? He pooped!! First poop since last Sunday!
He said that there are whispers that he may be able to come home today... today! Still need to get the all clear from the doc, but getting closer...
The only "not so great" that i know of...
Albumin level dropped to 1.8.. it was 1.9 yesterday. Should be in the 3's.
Also, someone had left a comment about platelet levels for Greys should be a min of 80k; i talked to the Doc last night and she said "Yep" (they had been telling me the min level was 170k). So he's in the clear for Platelets!
Another also... shout out to Amanda and Dalton who tracked me down to talk about Hyper Fibromyosis and Amacar. He started taking the Amacar on Saturday afternoon. He had already shown improvement, but i do believe that the Amacar has helped.
Will let you know what they say this evening.
I just wanted to address the issue with the owner of the other dogs. I donated, and shared this Gofundme on my Facebook page, and friends commented that the owner of the other dogs should be paying the bills. Of course I agree, but if you step into their shoes, especially considering what you said about them being devastated over the incident... if MY dogs had attacked another dog, I would be physically unable to pay this amount. I would want to, but I would not be able to. So I would have to set up a Gofundme of my own to get people to pay for the victim's bills. And who would want to help me pay for that? I would be crucified. And I still wouldn't be able to pay. So I agree that the fastest way for these bills to be paid is the way you are doing it. If the other owner can eventually pay more, that's great. But I for one am happy to have given you the amount that I did, and I wouldn't expect to be repaid by the other owner, or anyone else. I am glad to hear that Remy is doing better. Please continue to keep us updated!
Our Greyhound was also attacked at a dog park about 5 years ago. Fortunately the injury wasn't too bad but our vet contacted animal control (I think it is mandatory) and an officer came to our house to file a report. The owner of the dog that bit my boy paid the vet bill. This bill needs to be paid by the owner(s) of the attacker(s).
Please talk to RuthAnn on Greyhound Buddies. Her dog was attacked and she took the attacking dogs owners to court successfully. Prayers for your baby.
Roxanne- I just saw that remy isn't eating as you would like. Please consider giving chicken bone broth if ok with vets. It has brought our dogs back from some dire health situations. They would lap that up when nothing else worked and it is very nutritious.
Did the owner of the other dogs chip in to pay for any of the cost? I'm so sorry for your baby Remy!
Our beautiful boy Locky was also attacked at a dog park here in Brisbane, Australia. 5.5 hrs on the operating table.... so...... we know how you are feeling... and send our love from "down under"... Wishing Remy a full recovery just like our boy. My heart is breaking for you. xxxx ♥
It all sounds so good. Grits is a southern thing...corn...even comes instant...ask at an HEB....behind the knee...will get there...so will you both!
Roxanne - porridge is like oatmeal, not grits. Or it's like grits that you would over-cook until they are real creamy so there wouldn't be as much roughage. Cream of wheat is also like porridge (an English term as opposed to our hot cereal). Glad to hear that Remy is improving!
So happy Temy is doing better- made my day.
Wonderful, recovery is yours...eating...sniffing...wow. You could now write the book for millions about dog parks yes?
YAY!!!!! Glad he's home and fully on the mend -- you will have your happy, sunny boy back before you know it. Please do, once you have your boy settled and yourself rested, let your neighborhood know what happened with these dogs to avoid anyone else's pup getting hurt. Especially since your neighbors told you that these dogs had a reputation for being unfriendly at the park.
So glad Remy is home. Yes-baby steps and he will heal. It all takes time. Give him a gentle hug from me-as I hug my two.
Yay he's home !! When we had a major vet visit and lots of meds we did make a chart because it dose get confusing . It really helped. Glad he's getting better
Yay!!!!!!I am so happy to hear he is doing better❤️
Remy made through the worst. Good news is he is well enough to go home.It will take a little time, but i think Remy will heal up fine and be his old self again.
Great news he's home! ❤️ Setting up a medication chart is a good idea. Don't worry to much about his stop/start walks he's coping with both the pain of the bites and the bruising.. Couple of tips from an old racing trainer; to help bulk their weight add a couple of slices of wholemeal bread with his meals and if kibble fed add a tin of meat every other day. In the colder weather add a cup of uncooked porridge oats to the meal, apparently helps to warm the blood! Please give Remy gentle hugs from Rocky, Lady, Peach and myself. ❤️
Great news! Such a relief...yikes. Once you get thru mess and slowly he eats, drinks and poops in his hood, sleeps in his bed.....you will both heal. What an ordeal.
So glad to hear Remy is home!