Amos

April 3, 2015

Tetanus

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — amosthebordercollie @ 6:34 pm

I love people, so I’m thoroughly enjoying all the attention I’ve been getting these last few days – except for the needles – I don’t like needles, or having a stick up my bottom – I especially don’t like that.

It’s all about my eyes and my ears, apparently. I don’t feel any different, but I look different, so everyone is very interested in me, especially the vets. I’ve seen three vets in two days.

THis is how I used to look

DSC01382 (2)And this is what I look like now

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I had a sore toe a few weeks ago. Now I have tetanus. I’ve no idea what tetanus is, but not many dogs get it. 

I have two lots of tablets and some squirty stuff in my breakfast and tea and Mum and Dad watch me all the time.

They’re worried about me.

I’m not worried and I’m really enjoying the attention 🙂 

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13 Comments »

  1. Hi Amos, it’s cousin Jake (Killiebrae Jake). Sorry to hear you’re not well, hope you are back to normal soon. Best woofs to you.

    Comment by Anonymous — April 3, 2015 @ 11:50 pm

    • Hi Jake, Amos’ Mum here. (Amos can’t remember how to log in as himself, so I’ll answer for him! He really appreciates your concern and get well wishes 🙂 )
      He’s still fine in himself, and we’re just hoping that early intervention will keep him that way, but all the vets have warned me of the potential seriousness and debilitating progress of the disease. The vet I saw on Wednesday evening rang me first thing Thursday, having studied the “before and after” photographs of Amos I’d left at reception. I think there was a lot of discussion about the case, as tetanus is so rare in dogs, but the changes in the eyes and ears, as a result of facial muscle tension are classic early signs. Of the three vets at our practice, only one had ever seen a case before in 25 years. I had to take him to a horse vet to get his tetanus antitoxin, which in itself was not without risk. She had consulted the animal hospital at Newmarket for further advice on how to administer it. They did a subcutaneous test first, before giving him the rest intravenously. The hope is that the toxoid will destroy any tetanus toxin circulating in his body, but it won’t have any effect on any which has already attached to nerve cells. They might yet decide to remove the injured toe to remove any residual infection and source of further toxin production, but the hope is that the antibiotics he’s on will penetrate deep enough. As I say, he’s fine in himself at the moment, so fingers crossed!

      Comment by waltersdaughter — April 5, 2015 @ 8:21 am

  2. Amos, Please hurry up and get better soon. We have all paws and fingers crossed for your speedy recovery.

    Piper and cirronimbus (Ravelry stalkers of yours)

    Comment by cirronimbus — April 5, 2015 @ 6:29 pm

  3. Hang on in there AMOS were all routing for you ……

    Comment by Anonymous — April 5, 2015 @ 7:01 pm

  4. Amos, be brave at the vets and get better soon!!

    Desi. Bob,
    Sally, and their mom ( Bordercolliechaos )

    Comment by Ellen — April 5, 2015 @ 10:56 pm

    • Thank you. I’ll try to be brave, I really will! I love people, so I’m always friendly – I just wriggle a bit when I get a nasty surprise and things I don’t understand. Sometimes my vet gives me treats – that’s nice 😀

      Comment by amosthebordercollie — April 6, 2015 @ 9:43 am

  5. Amos, hope you are feeling much better soon. Your Ravelry fan club will be checking in regularly to see on your progress 🙂

    Tummy tickles and ear scratches from SmallP and Inky.

    Comment by Kate — April 6, 2015 @ 10:03 am

  6. Sorry to hear you’re poorly Amos. We’re all wishing you well! And lots of ear poggling from us too! 🙂

    Comment by The Barkshire Post — April 7, 2015 @ 10:42 pm

    • Thank you. I think I’m getting better now 🙂
      All ear poggling (Mum likes that word) very welcome!

      Comment by amosthebordercollie — April 8, 2015 @ 5:06 pm


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