You may remember, Spud the dog is recuperating from an operation to remove a lump from his shoulder.
The good news is the lump was nothing sinister, and he has been taking his recuperation very seriously
However the wound wasn’t healing well, so he’s had his stiches removed and after weighing up all the options it was decided the best bet for Spud was to leave the wound open to heal. It’s not been pretty. But he has been a very good patient and has allowed me to bathe the wound in salt water and apply an ointment containing Manuka honey * The good news is that it is healing, its not weeping now and the hole in skin has gone from hens egg size to small plum size in the last six days.
We’ve found a protective collar that is more comfortable for him and us, a Buster collar
it just about stops him from reaching the wound, for as you can imagine a combination of salt and honey is as near a salted caramel as he’s going to get, and smells very tasty! So he is keen to give the area a good lick.
He’s in reasonable spirits for a Spring Spaniel under house arrest, nothing wrong with his appetite though. Here he is fancying a rather delicious egg custard that Mr Uphilldowndale isn’t willing to share.
He’s waiting and waiting to play ball…
* I think the vet may well have prescribed the Manuka Honey as a placebo for me, the ‘first-aider’ in me has struggled with the concept of leaving the wound uncovered.