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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Update on Sammy

Mehmet the vet came out to the house this evening.  Just as well as this growth has been making it difficult for Sammy to eat today.

Mehmet believes it is a papilloma virus tumour and has made a start on treating it.  He gave anaesthetic as it would have been impossible to deal with otherwise.  He had loads of injections, including into the tumour.  I am not sure what they all were, but know that something in the one into the tumour would break down the cells and reduce it in size.  There were also antibiotics and painkillers, because he will be in a fair bit of pain tomorrow, and I have further injections to give him.

Mehmet has tied suture thread around the tumour where it joins the gum and it is hoped that this will cause it to drop off within the next few days.  Failing this, it will have to be surgically removed, or he will continue to have trouble eating.

I had run out of dog food today so he kindly brought out a 15kg sack for me, together with some frontline for Poppy.  He also brought 150 multivitamin tablets for Sammy as this will help him to be healthier.  These tumours are apparently common in dogs who haven't had the best start in life.

Sammy wouldn't come into the house before he had anesthetic so the procedure was performed on the balcony.  After it was finished I made him comfortable on some blankets, and popped out every 5 minutes to check that he was breathing ok.  A little tip from Mehmet, which I didn't know, is to make sure the tongue is hanging outside the mouth, and every 20 minutes or so give it a little tug and it encourages breathing.

A little while ago Megan insisted on coming onto the balcony to check Sammy.  She nudged him gently and lay down beside him.  Within 5 minutes he got to his feet unsteadily and followed Megan down the steps.  She is now staying very close to him...looking after him.  He is walking about now and has even managed a bark!

I am constantly amazed at how little Mehmet charges me.  For all this treatment, including anaesthetic, injections, vitamins, Poppy's frontline, 15kg dog food, not to mention the cost of coming out to the village, he charged me just 120 lira, which by today's exchange rate works out at around £37.50.

And as if he hadn't done enough, he also brought a bag of Pedigree treats as a present for the dogs.

I must have the best vet in Turkey.

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  1. Sweet of Megan....and look how Sammy responded to her.
    Yes, you are very lucky indeed with your vet.

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    1. Megan's his sister Helen, or at least Mehmet believes this to be the case, and they do seem to look out for each other., Mehmet is a treasure.

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  2. He does sound like a very good vet...

    AWK has definitely adopted us and we will need to take him to the vet soon. Sadly we can't really afford to have all of the litter vaccinated and dewormed. But AWK has learned our mealtimes and will need to be kept healthy as he does tend to climb on the table and investigate our dinner.

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    1. He is good omentide. It is so important for AWK to have vaccinations, flea and worm treatment and to be neutered, now that he is clearly part of the family. As far as the rest of the litter is concerned, maybe you can check that your belediye has a vet because he should do the street animals FOC. Even if you can't get them all done, at least you have saved one. If everyone did this, it would help the situation a great deal.

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    2. Oh yes, definitely the Belediye vet for the rest of them. We won't take AWK to the Belediye because we want to be sure he comes back to us. We're not sure whether the Belediye would release back to us or just on any street corner.

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    3. Probably a street corner omentide, because he will only neuter strays. So it would be a risk with AWK.

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  3. Good thing Sammy has such a good mommy and a good friend in Megan.

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    1. I adore my dogs Kelleyn. They give so much more than I give them.

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  4. Oh I am so happy that Sammy is on the mend and that not only you, but Megan is looking after him.......how adorable. Your Vet as you say is wonderful and clearly loves his work and is not in it for a quick buck.
    As you know, I have 5 dogs and I buy worming pills from the Eczane for them which works out much cheaper. The biggest outlay is for Frontline collars because they need these to keep fleas and ticks at bay, they are the only things that work.
    F.XXX

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    1. Thanks Fleur. I buy paraband collars for ticks and fleas. Are these the same as the frontline ones you use? They are brilliant and I only use them through the summer as they last for 5 months. No signs of ticks or fleas and we have a lot of sheep passing close to the gate every day so ticks are rife.

      I'd be interested to know the name of the worming tabs you buy from the eczane, to see if they compare favourably with the ones I get from Mehmet.
      xxx

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  5. Not just the best vet in Turkey, but exceptional service by any standards, Ayak. I do hope the treatment is successful, as Sammy is very young to have such problems

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    1. He seems to be doing well Perpetua. Sadly all of my dogs spent the first year of their lives in dreadful circumstances (in Poppy's case 3 years) so lack of water and food and sleeping outside in all weathers has taken it's toll. Often the rescue dogs in this country have health problems..it's to be expected and I'm always prepared for it.

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  6. Sorry to hear that Sammy is unwell, it's such a worry I know. But sounds like you have an exceptional vet which is a blessing, so he has a good chance. It doesn't bear thinking about what would have happened if you hadn't taken him in. Good on you!

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    1. Thanks Jacqui. He is very much is normal self now. Eating well and barking well! The tumour has turned black and reduced in size but has yet to drop off, which I am hoping will happen to avoid surgery.

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