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    Prayers for Buddy, that he will finally heal up and start to feel GOOD!! He has been through quite an ordeal!
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    I'm sorry to hear of your issues with Buddy's tail pocket. But I'm glad to hear that he should be recovering soon and not have to deal with the infections anymore. I'm sure that will remove a lot of stress from your life as well as Buddy's.

    My last Bulldog, Bruno, had a horrible tail pocket. But there was no "extra skin" around his tail. His tail actually corkscrewed from the base back into his body and then came back outward at the tip. So it was tightly pressed into his hind end. It's kind of hard to describe and I've never seen another Bulldog with a tail like his. He kept getting infections and his vet was to a point where she was ready to remove his tail if that particular infection didn't go away and stay away. Luckily I was able to get rid of it and keep it gone. At least once per week I used baby wipes over the tip of my finger to wipe out the brownish paste that would build up in the pocket and then I would use cotton balls to dry the pocket of the moisture from the baby wipes. Then I put a medicated powder into the pocket to help keep it dry. The only way I could get him to let me do this was to put him up onto a countertop or a table. Otherwise he hated his tail being touched. Thinking back about this he was a very trusting dog to let me mess with his tail like he did.

    Anyhow, I'm glad to hear your Buddy is on the healing mend!

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    Thanks everyone for the support and well wishes, getting my little buddy back today! Hopefully he's not too traumatized after all this. @pcchernard- yeah, I did the baby wipe thing for a while and it was pointless for Buddy, I would shower him, wash the pocket repeatedly and dry it out and within a few hours he would wreak to the point that your eyes would water. Same thing would happen with the baby wipes, and post baby wipes I tried everything from Desitin to Gold bond powder with no avail. I'm happy the doc was able to perform the surgery and remove his tail. Once he's healed it will be a world of difference for him...and me! He was constantly uncomfortable and his tail area was very sensitive. I'm looking forward to a happy bully. P.S. Bruno was a beautiful bully, may he rest in peace.

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    Ok, so my wife picked up Buddy yesterday and when I got home I couldn't believe it. He acted like a completely different dog. He was full of energy and VERY happy. The tail removal was very successful, the surgery site looks great, such a DRASTIC change from the first surgery. It's very clean looking and there is only an upside down Y of stitches in stead of the horrendous mess he has before. The Dr. did a fabulous job fixing the mess. Too bad she didn't handle it the first time. She said she was rather upset when she saw him after his first surgery, so I'm pretty sure she knew the first Dr. really screwed up and that's why she did this 2nd surgery for free....CYA if you catch my drift. Anyways, the "bad" side is that Buddy is feeling soo great and that he is acting like a fool. He has to stay in his crate for the next 3 days to minimize movement and chances of tearing his stitches. Last night I was sitting on my living room floor petting him and he walked away to see what the kids were doing and then he came running back to the living room, slid halfway across the room on his stomach (wooden floors) and stopped next to me...I swear I heard him say.."WEEEeeeeee!!" lol. He is definitely a much happier pup now! I'll try to take some pics later and post, he has a tiny little nub about 1/2" high sticking up where his tail was, I've nick named him Nubs now.
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    That is great!

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    Great news! You know, I think there are very few vets who would do what your vet did-and re-do the surgery for FREE! Even if they or someone at their place screwed up!
    That is a good Dr. with scruples! You are lucky to have her/him! Give "Nubby" a hug for me! Hope he continues to do real well!
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    I am very thankful that she took care of the issue herself. I'll be sending her some flowers or cookie basket from buddy and I as a thank you

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    Great to hear that Buddy is doing so well!! It is hard to keep them "calm", isn't it?




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    It's been a week. How is Buddy doing? Good I hope!

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    I have been reading through the forum gathering information for a puppy that I am expecting from a litter being born Feb 12th and I came across your story on buddy and his tail pocket situation. I'm sorry that you had that experience but I'm glad he finally seems to be doing better. I just thought I would let you know, being that I'm from Florida as well, that there is one vet that has been highly recommended by all of the breeders I have spoken too. I'm not sure which vet you used but this one seems to be kind of a bulldog specialist. Below is her contact info. It was copied from something one of the breeders sent me. Hope it helps.


    Highland Pet Hospital in Highland City/Lakeland, Dr Beverly Brimacomb, (go here for any 2nd opinion prior to any surgical intervention, if at all possible), 863-644-6634

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