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So, my boss has a tiny toy poodle, Scarlet... 1.5kg fully grown...

 

She took her to the vet yesterday for her first adult booster vaccinations - and the vet injected the intranasal version of the KC vaccine.

 

The vet then decided to inject a bolus of saline solution to the area which has caused a massive painful swelling. The only drugs administered were antibiotics...

 

Poor Scarlet is in a pretty bad way today... unable to walk or hold her head up without crying from pain. My boss can't even pick her up as every small movement is causing pain. Scarlet is otherwise OK... it's just very painful to do anything... and she's lying around just looking miserable and causing my boss great distress. There are no vet clinics open locally, and my boss refuses to go to the emergency clinic nearest her, as the vet on duty there has a poor track record with my boss's animals historically.

 

I've suggested trying to drape a warmed teatowel over the area to warm it and maybe relieve some of the pain that way, but am at a loss as to other things to try to help poor little Scarlet... any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

 

This is Scarlet... she is such a smart and sweet little thing...

 

https://www.facebook.com/Scarlet-the-Poodle-2011790902209479/?epa=SEARCH_BOX

 

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Our emergency vet is the Small Animals Specialist Hospital  aka SASH at North Ryde Sydney.  I don't know where you are in NSW but if you have an emergency you can just turn up there without an appointment. They are open 24/7.

 

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3 minutes ago, Powerlegs said:

Is there any reason she won't go further from home to get to an open vet or a different emergency hospital? 

Scarlet cries at every movement @Powerlegs... and after yesterday, my boss is very leery of not being with her if something needs doing - and most clinics aren't allowing clients into the clinic with their pets...

 

Scarlet is otherwise OK - no temperature or other signs of illness - just pain from what was done to her yesterday. I can't believe that the vet in question didn't send her home with pain medication... grrr!

 

I've found some Meloxicam here, and have offered to drive it to her...

 

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I also offered to go pick Scarlet up and to bring her to my student workplace clinic - at least I woiuld be allowed in with her for anything needing doing - but it's an hour's drive, and poor Scarlet would feel every little bump in the road...

 

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Poor Scarlet. :( I'd be so upset at the vet. Hope your boss is ok.

I know vets are only human and aren't perfect but it seems such a basic thing, as is pain relief. Hopefully the meloxicam gives some relief and she's back on her little feet soon.  

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I have had an email from SASH saying they are still operating 24/7 & have no Covid 19 diagnosed at their premises.  They are also doing doing phone consults .  02 9889 0289.

 

Maybe ring ring them & ask what your boss could give Scarlett for the pain.  Perhaps panadol or codeine?  If that is on hand you could check the doseage depending on dogs weight with SASH.

 

I don't think I would be going back to the vet that caused the problem.

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18 hours ago, Deeds said:

I have had an email from SASH saying they are still operating 24/7 & have no Covid 19 diagnosed at their premises.  They are also doing doing phone consults .  02 9889 0289.

 

Maybe ring ring them & ask what your boss could give Scarlett for the pain.  Perhaps panadol or codeine?  If that is on hand you could check the doseage depending on dogs weight with SASH.

 

I don't think I would be going back to the vet that caused the problem.

That is definitely a given! Despite the fact that it's more common than you'd think that vets will grab the wrong KC vaccine and administer it incorrectly... you'd think that 1ml of the vaccine plus however large a bolus of saline might cause a lot of discomfort to a tiny 1.5kg dog. Pain relief should have been the highest priority... but the stupid vet just gave antibiotics. And this wasn't a young newly graduated vet either... grrr!

 

Scarlet will be going to the vet we use for the farm animals as soon as his clinic opens this morning... he is so gentle and caring, and will make sure she is comfortable while her little body sorts out the mess the other vet has made. I'm tipping that he'll give her a good painkiller injection to get immediate relief, and then give my boss some take home meds as well.

 

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The saline should have been absorbed quickly.  I would say she has muscle inflammation from having the thick KC vaccine injected.  Hoping she is much better this morning.

Many years ago the feline  leukemia vaccine was given intra-muscular and I had very sore and sorry kittens the next day.  Meloxicam injections sorted them out within a few hours.  I stopped getting them the leukemia vaccine after that!

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I can't believe that the vet thought that injecting a bolus of saline was a smart move... seriously, it was only going to compound the problem... especially in a dog so tiny... and then to not administer pain relief, or send the dog home with same... it just beggars belief!

 

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Poor little Scarlet is feeling a wee bit better today... apparently she's still stiff and doesn't like moving around too much, but the spark is coming back into her eyes...

 

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Why antibiotics for gawds sake! Pain relief would be a better idea but honestly 24 hours later it should have resolved and I'd have had her back at the vet if she's as bad as you say

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Scarlet went to the vet yesterday... and she's got pain relief now... but there isn't much more that can be done but wait for the stiffness to dissipate.

 

I'll be advising my boss to put in a complaint to the Vet Practitioner's Board about the vet that stuffed up. She's not a new graduate, so really needs a wake-up call as to her practices... grrr!

 

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On 21/04/2020 at 8:14 AM, Rebanne said:

Why antibiotics for gawds sake! Pain relief would be a better idea but honestly 24 hours later it should have resolved and I'd have had her back at the vet if she's as bad as you say

The intranasal vaccination is modified live vaccination against both bacterial and viral disease - antibiotics are indicated in the case of accidental injection of these vaccinations due to the risk of developing infection from the bacterial components. 

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@Rappie a question for you that you may be able to answer please; is there an alternative or generic medication that can be used instead of Propalin?( in this case it's urinary incontinence in a dog, not a bitch)

It appears that both my dogs need it now so the hole in my hip pocket is becoming bigger

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10 hours ago, Rappie said:

The intranasal vaccination is modified live vaccination against both bacterial and viral disease - antibiotics are indicated in the case of accidental injection of these vaccinations due to the risk of developing infection from the bacterial components. 

@Rappie... would you have tried to saline flush the area injected? This poor little 1.5kg toy poodle really reacted badly after that was done to her...

 

She seems to have come good as far as the swelling and infection are concerned now... I'll be seeing her today, so will have a better idea of lasting impact to the skin that started to necrose. I had my boss apply pawpaw ointment to that to help with healing there.

 

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