I just knew it was a mistake to trust a Turkish vet. I thought I'd found a good one, and to give the benefit of the doubt, he is probably good with farm animals, but not so good with domestic pets. But of course, most Turks don't consider dogs to be pets and think we foreigners are rather strange because we care about them.
I thought Poppy was recovering pretty well from her op on Friday. She was moving about, eating, going to the toilet without any problems. But today I noticed that her stomach was a little swollen and hot. Mr A was going into Milas so I asked him to call in and talk to the vet. He came back with 3 syringes containing 2 lots of antibiotics and one analgesic. By the time he had returned I noticed that the wound had started to bleed and it looked like the stitches were not holding. I administered two of the injections, one being kept for tomorrow.
Because I was still concerned, Mr A phoned the vet and asked him to come out. He eventually turned up 2 hours later with a large bottle of iodine (about a litre) and some gauze. I spread a thick clean towel on a chair so that he could treat Poppy. He opened the bottle of iodine, placed it on a coffee table which had the only decent silk cloth I own, and promptly slopped some of the solution on it.
He then soaked the gauze in iodine and bathed Poppy's wound...then he knocked over the bottle, the contents of which covered an armchair, the fitted carpet and a cream rug. Iodine is brown...so it's not a pretty sight. There was about an inch of solution left in the bottle and he kindly gave me this so that I could bathe Poppy's wound tomorrow...how kind of him!
I guess he's normally used to treating cows and sheep in farmyards, so if he spills stuff it doesn't really matter.
I am left feeling that if this is significant of how clumsy he is...then I'm not really surprised that Poppy's stitches have burst. I have just checked to make sure that Poppy's wound is clean and I have placed some Betafix strips on it...these are similar to steri-strips which I keep handy for when I have cuts that need more than an elastoplast. I'm hoping that these will do the trick. At this point in time I am more inclined to trust my own judgment than the vet's.
I won't be using this vet again and I really wish I had never decided to have Poppy spayed. I'm feeling so guilty about subjecting her to this and I hope she is going to be OK.