**UPDATE – 8/20**
Suttree’s surgery was a success! The first (more on this in a bit) took 5 hours for both ears. He woke up & was standing afterwards and did not need a blood transfusion (which was a concern due to his slight hemophilia). He had no facial paralysis (common, but usually temporary after this surgery) and no balance issues (also common mainly due to inflammation). They kept him under constant supervision for two days and he received two laser therapy sessions and one extra long acupuncture session all to help with the swelling. A week later, he needed to have the stitching on side completely redone, so he had to undergo a second surgery that was almost two hours long. Since then, he has had all of his stitches out and is healed up beautifully (pictures below). He is now completely deaf. They don’t normally remove the ear drum, but the surgeon wanted no chance of the infection surviving anywhere, so she removed *everything*. The deafness has been and continues to be a major learning curve for both of us.
Sutt’s postop & allergy care and treatments continue. He receives acupuncture once a week (soon to hopefully go to twice a month) and this week will have a blood panel done to see his levels post surgery. He is no longer on any antibiotics (for the first time in a year). He also now only gets 5 mg of prednisone when there is excessive swelling due to itching/rubbing from his allergies. He has only needed one dose in the last week, which is the least he has had in the last 7 years. The vets and I find this incredible. He also has recently started getting 3 drops of Full Spectrum CBD oil in his dinner. I believe that this, plus just recently getting the green light from the vet to swim in the river, has helped his skin immensely. Sutt continues to have major incontinence issues and the vets are completely stumped on this. It really might be his age, it might be behavioral after being so sick for so long, it might be both. Although he is much better than he was, he still goes through rough days of itchiness, swelling around his eyes & overall soreness (due to allergies, not infection). That’s not everyday though, not like it was for a year.
In conclusion, I am so, so happy that the surgery was done and I was able to have it done for him. Last week, the vet had tears in her eyes when she looked at me and said, “I’m so happy you gave him the surgery. A lot of people wouldn’t have and it’s been amazing to see him heal and get so much better so quickly.” As I would do *anything* for Suttree, I never thought about not getting him the surgery, but it has been beautiful watching all the vets care for him and learn more about this procedure, his allergies and his AMAZING healing powers. Multiple vets have said he heals faster than any dog they have ever seen.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for sharing our ongoing journey and even more so for helping us with our travels.
Two days after surgery:
Left, 1 week after surgery. Right, two weeks after surgery:
Healed left and right er…”ears”, 4 weeks after surgery:
It’s finally time for Suttree, my 9 1/2 year old dalmatian pointer cross, to undergo a pretty big surgery called TECA (Total Ear Canal Ablation) in both ears. The infection started last year and quickly spread to both ears. It’s been a downward spiral since, resulting in weekly vet visits & an overall major scare to his system. After consulting with multiple specialists, vets & surgeons, the surgery cannot be put off any longer. The surgery is scheduled for June 26th.
A bit of good news is that we have already done a culture from his ears and have started giving him the antibiotic and anti fungal medication. Also, a scary fact is that he is moderately anemic now (due to longterm infection) but had to undergo surgery yesterday for an ear hematoma and went through the hour long surgery under anesthesia excellently *and* his blood clotted normally. This is a great sign for the upcoming TECA surgery, which is quite intrusive and long.
The surgery & overnight stay is $1800 (there could be extra charges, as always). The clinic is allowing me to put half down if I have to and can make payments on the rest. With having a culture, blood test, surgery and new meds in the last 10 days, I am pretty tapped out. I have created a coupon for my store to get 10% off with all purchases from now through the 26th. Code: SUTTREE
If you don’t feel like making a purchase right now, here is a direct link to my Paypal – PayPal.Me/SolExposure
Also, you can donate directly to Suttree’s account at the vet. Pruyn Veterinary Hospital – (406)829-8150. Just say you would like to put money on Suttree’s account for Sol for his upcoming surgery on the 26th. If you do this, ask for a confirmation and please let me know!
These last 6 months have been very trying for both Sutt & I and w/o the sales I’ve made and help we’ve received, we wouldn’t have gotten this far. Words cannot express how thankful I am to all of you all over the world who have helped us. I (& the vets) truly believe this surgery will be a major turning point for Suttree in getting him back to the happy, energetic dog he has always been.