Hi, I'm a first time poster.
I have a 9 year old staffordshire bull terrier mix that I adopted two years ago. My family has owned dogs before, but this is the first dog I've owned as an adult.
Recently, we found out my dog has skin cancer. On dec 2nd, he had surgery to get the the tumor behind his ear removed. When we went to pick him up, the incision a lot longer than I'd expected. But they didn't send him home with anything. No medication, no e-collar, nothing.
I had to ask them for some pain meds and an e-collar. My dog is abnormally well mannered so they assumed he wasn't in pain just because he wasn't freaking out.
Anyway, they gave me no instructions for aftercare. They just said not to bathe him, which I didn't.
The incision leaked blood on the first day. Different fluids the next few days. I called the vet and they offered suggestions, giving him benadryl, wiping with warm water. they said I could bring him in but I wasn't able to at the time.
the fluid just kept leaking and he wasn't in pain, but it looked awful. It formed a large scab. I got him to the doctor as soon as I could.
The vet tried to make it seem like it was my fault for not bringing him in sooner and said it was infected. Which bothered me because I didn't know it was infected.
Anyway, they removed the dried blood and offered to give him a $180 shot to help. But I'm a grad student, poor, so I asked if they had any cheaper options. The surgery itself was $400 so I'm hesitant about spending big amounts unless it's necessary.
They offered some oral antibiotics as well and I went with that. They left part of the incision open so it could drain before they stitch it back up in a week.
I have to give him pills, squeeze any pus out of the ear and put cream inside of the incision for a week.
Has anyone else had difficulties with aftercare or their vet? The staff is so nice but the vets are unprofessional. They didn't give me proper instructions and it seemed like they were not well-informed about the specific area his tumor was removed from.
Everyone kept saying it was a difficult spot to heal, but I expected a lot more support than I received. and today's visit cost me another $100. I honestly feel like the infection was their fault. They just stitched him up and expected me to figure out everything else.
I'm just so frustrated and stressed out. I want to make sure my dog is healthy but I don't know if I can trust my vet and my funds are quickly draining...