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I have a bulldog currently with an infected wound, It

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Hey I have a bulldog currently with an infected wound
JA: I'll do all I can to help. When did the Bulldog get this wound? Is there any bleeding or swelling?
Customer: It started off as a small amount of swelling on the front leg and now has grown to the size of a large tennis ball. It then had started to bleed had secrete puss
JA: And what's the Bulldog's name and age?
Customer: 5 years old and Lily it happened a few months ago
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: She struggles to walk on the leg and is having small head seizures with sometimes short breathing

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

I'm sorry to hear this and appreciate you must be concerned about Lily.

What caused the wound?

Could you send a clear photo?

Did the seizures begin after she got the wound or has she had seizures before?

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
The wound happened a few month ago and I’m unsure what had caused it
Customer: replied 8 days ago.
File attached (VV6Q24V)
Customer: replied 8 days ago.
I’m just here to figure out what i can do until the vets arrive
Customer: replied 8 days ago.
The seizures only started happening today

You have a vet coming to your home? When are they scheduled to arrive?

Is she currently having a seizure?

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
No I haven’t my family have covid so I have to quarantine
Customer: replied 8 days ago.
We can only book tomorrow at 6:30 as my freinds the only one who can take my dog

Her leg is extremely swollen which may be due to a cellulitis (skin infection). It is possible that this severe infection has caused septicaemia (blood poisoning) and/or a fever resulting in a very high body temperature she is not coping with.

She needs to see a vet immediately; this is very urgent.

Waiting until tomorrow evening is really not an option.

This is as she is likely in a lot of pain and is at risk of more seizures. If left untreated, a dog can pass away from a seizure.

If you cannot bring her yourself, a friend or family member need to bring her to an emergency vet today.

The vet will examine her and may run some tests such as a blood test.

She will likely be started on an IV drip, IV antibiotics, anti inflammatories and anti seizure medicine.

The sooner this is done the better.

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
Thank you. All the vets currently are unable as it’s a bank holiday. And emergency vets from what I heard are extremely expensive and we won’t be able to afford it
Customer: replied 8 days ago.
We have bandaged the wound up and have been cleaning it daily. Is there anything else we can do until tomorrow ?

All vets provide an out of hours service on Bank Holidays; ring their regular number and they will advise where you need to go.

While there is an extra fee, this is NOT something that can wait and we would be risking her getting gravely ill or even passing away.

Do not bandage the wound as it needs to drain.

Ensure she is eating and drinking and allow her to rest on a padded bed.

Saline can be used to wash the wound.

As I've said, she needs to be seen ASAP for the best prognosis.

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
Currently all the fluid is out of the wound I will check if we have any saline available
You can use warm water and table salt.
This won't have any major effect though, given the extent of the lesion.
Customer: replied 8 days ago.
Yeah that’s what I’ve been using currently. I talked to my parents but they said they are unable to take her today because of the bills
Unfortunately that is all I can advise as this is too advanced to treat at home.Consider calling local vets to see if they offer payment plans or credit options, or calling charity clinics such as the pdsa or rspca.
Customer: replied 8 days ago.
Thank you again so much
Not at all and wishing her all the very best.
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