It's only Day 3 since Jada's medical intervention with her paws, and while I don't really want to jinx anything, my husband and I have started to notice some changes ... for the positive! I've been following the chart I made to help keep all the meds straight.
Chart for Jada's treatment
First of all, Jada has not been licking or chewing at her paws. I was so worried the licking and chewing would be the hardest to get through. After all, I know how I am with a mosquito bite ... scratch to the point it's bleeding!! So I think I can relate to Jada's situation. Since we've had trouble keeping the E-collar on her, we've took risk and left it off and have just been monitoring her. I know Dr. Mary stressed that with the E-collar it could really help in a lot of ways so I was a little hesitant at doing this, but there was no other way she could keep it on. Well to our surprise, she hasn't been after her paws. Maybe she knows if she does, the E-collar will go on.
The second thing we noticed was that her paws were scabbing, a sign of healing! Also, the swelling has gone down a lot and we can see that she does have some black color back on her paws. Don't get me wrong they are still raw, dry and infected but at least we have some signs of hope that this may be clearing up.
Scabs and no swelling (7/30/11)
Still infected and yellowish, but are those black pads coming back? (7/30/11)
I'm starting to feel better about myself too. I'm doing everything I can for Jada and I'm pretty sure she knows that :)
I have to say THANKS to all my friends who gave me encouraging words as well as tips for the E-collar. Everything means a lot to me (and Jada too!) and having my fellow dog-lover friends for support, means more to me than you would ever know!!