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PostSubject: Open Fracture W/ MRSA - Experience?   March 4th 2013, 12:46

Sheila received a very small, very minor bite wound from my other Glider, Bindi (the same Glider who had bitten Stella several months ago, when she became horribly infected with MRSA). When I first noticed the bite, there was no open wound, no blood, just a little mark. I separated Sheila from her cage mate, Bandit, and placed her in a hospital cage with an e - collar. Within several hours, Sheila managed to horribly mutilate the initial injury (which was to her left, front paw).

She had mutilated herself to the point where bone was visibly sticking through the wound, I immediately sent an image to my veterinarian who diagnosed her as having an "open fracture." I soaked her arm in Epsom Salt and dressed a bandage with salt water, soothe cream (painkiller) and Vetericyn (antibiotic) before applying it and wrapping her arm up. I gave her a dose of Baytril (antibiotic), Gabapentin (painkiller) and Hydrocodone (painkiller), followed by an injection of Penicillin, another antibiotic that we used on Stella to treat the MRSA. Unfortunately, there is that distinct, horrible smell of infection. We attempted to get her into the veterinarian this morning, but our regular veterinarian, Dr. Diaz does not return until tomorrow and the other veterinarian, Dr. Kelleher, wanted to charge us an $80.00 emergency fee in addition to the standard exam fee and whatever the fee for the treatment will be (which I don't imagine will be cheap). Sheila will be going to see Dr. Diaz at 1:00pm tomorrow afternoon, does anyone here have experience with this type of injury or does anyone have advice as to what else I can do before I can get her into see Dr. Diaz? I want to make sure she is as comfortable as possible. Do fractures like this heal? What can be done for her? Do you think she will need an amputation and how difficult will her life be with an amputated front paw/leg?

Should I be administering fluids as well, to keep her hydrated? I'm not sure.

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PostSubject: Re: Open Fracture W/ MRSA - Experience?   March 4th 2013, 20:35

My vet says for MRSA you have to have SMXTMP not baytril. You need to add bactroban ointment to the wound treatment, ((((HUGS)))) You may call me if you want.

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PostSubject: Re: Open Fracture W/ MRSA - Experience?   March 4th 2013, 20:36

Thats SMZTMP

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PostSubject: Re: Open Fracture W/ MRSA - Experience?   March 7th 2013, 00:25

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I soaked her arm in Epsom Salt and dressed a bandage with salt water, soothe cream (painkiller) and Vetericyn (antibiotic) before applying it and wrapping her arm up. I gave her a dose of Baytril (antibiotic), Gabapentin (painkiller) and Hydrocodone (painkiller), followed by an injection of Penicillin, another antibiotic that we used on Stella to treat the MRSA.

Did YOU give these medications? Or did you see a vet for the proper dosages?

Has THIS glider already been diagnosed with MRSA or are you assuming that she has it because the same glider bit her that bit another glider that developed MRSA.

By giving three antibiotics BEFORE seeing the vet, it may be more difficult to determine what bacteria are involved in an infection because the culture will be affected by administration of an antibiotic before a culture was done.

I hope you will be able to get appropriate treatment for your glider ASAP.



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PostSubject: Re: Open Fracture W/ MRSA - Experience?   March 7th 2013, 02:40

I understood in text with Lauren that glider is staying at the vet at this time
I hope I understood right.

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PostSubject: Re: Open Fracture W/ MRSA - Experience?   March 7th 2013, 02:41

Praying for the glider and HUGS to Lauren

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PostSubject: Re: Open Fracture W/ MRSA - Experience?   March 7th 2013, 11:58

I will be picking Sheila up this afternoon, I can't wait to get my little girl home with me... Smile I know she is in great hands, but it will be good to have her back!! Dr. Diaz said the surgery went well, we did end up amputating her entire arm but she seems to be improving and coping well already. Smile

The technicians are completely in love with her, they spent a lot of time with her after the procedure and handfed her a bunch of mealworms (I got plenty of adorable pictures). She is in a collar and has a bandage (it's even hot pink, lol)! They seem very impressed by how my little girl is handling the situation - I got her a bunch of treats for when she comes home, can't wait! I will post again once she is home. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Open Fracture W/ MRSA - Experience?   March 7th 2013, 20:43

Thank You for the update! Still Praying!!

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PostSubject: Re: Open Fracture W/ MRSA - Experience?   March 7th 2013, 21:28


Still Praying but I am glad she is doing better

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