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I am so sorry for your loss (and your family's) of Freddy. Sounds like it was pretty traumatic for everyone, especially Freddy.
You said the surgery was to "stabilize his shoulder." Can you give me more details? Was it an orthopedic surgery or had they detected an infection? Was bloodwork done prior to the surgery? I assume the lameness was in that front leg? Do you have tick-borne diseases over there, like Lyme?
It was orthopedic surgery. There was no infection before the surgery. I believe bloodwork was done prior to surgery. Lameness was in the front leg, There is no tick-bourne disease
Even when my dog was neutered he was sent home with a course of anti-biotics. Surely after such surgery that Freddy underwent, he should have come home with a course of anti-biotics?
Freddy was perfectly healthy prior to surgery
Thanks. So as far as antibiotics prior, during, or after surgery, if the surgery is expected to be "clean", antibiotics aren't always given. The vast majority of vets these days don't automatically prescribe antibiotics for most surgeries, because of the risk of bacterial resistance. It is rare now for routine surgeries, such as spays, neuters, lump removals, etc to get antibiotics. The orthope
The orthopedic surgeon that comes to my practice to do knee surgeries rarely gives antibiotics intra-op and never sends any home. If it is a "clean" surgery, with low risk of contamination, then nothing is usually given.
If the complete blood count prior to surgery doesn't show an increase in white blood cells, then there isn't an expectation that there is an infection going on.
But surely as Freddy had been on Steroids prior to this there would be more of a risk of infection