So we took Bently to a new vet today, one that actually deals a lot with bulldogs and knows what they are talking about. She looked at his tail and stuck her finger in the pocket as far as her finger would reach (and still couldn't reach the back of the pocket). It is really, really infected. She did a culture and said it was a bacteria playground :/ she is worried about psuedomonas and MRSA (which we are waiting for the cultures to come back for). He is now on Baytril orally and a chlorhexidine wash twice a day. And he is being referred to a surgeon to have his tail amputated :( we have to get the infection cleared up before we can go ahead with the surgery, plus we need to figure out how we are going to come up with the $1500-$2000 bill for the surgery
i am very nervous about the idea of surgery, but it seems to be our only option to help the poor pup. Has anyone had a tail amputation? how did the dog deal with it? what is recovery like? did it actually help the infections?
On the plus side, he is good health otherwise, she even said he weight wasn't too bad (he has lost 3 pounds! down to 67), we are continuing on the diet to try to get him down to 62, but he looks good she said. I am very pleased that we found what looks to be a great vet for our bully. If anyone lives in the Upstate NY area definatly take your bully to Waterville Vet.