I was honestly worried that she was going to tell us that the best course of action was to put him down. With all the trauma to this major organ, I wouldn't have been surprised. She said its one of the worst cases she's ever seen. She thinks that there's an abcess of infection under the skin, and the body is working extra hard to try to fight it--his temp was about 104.5. Thankfully, she said that he's doing just what he's supposed to do--and that putting him down was definitely not something we'd have to consider immediately. She said if it continues to worsen, he'll probably need to see a dermatologist. We're just to continue doing what we're doing--giving him hydrotherapy twice a day to wash away blood/pus, Clavamox, Ivermectin, add some Benadryl to help him sleep. I've also added fish oil and Vitamin C as a twice-a-day regimen--thanks to all for the suggestions for that. We're giving it to my Golden, also. She also gave us a larger ecollar--dopey Waldo has such a giraffe-y neck, he needed one that is 21" long!
It's "funny"--although he doesn't look too much better, I feel better because she said we were doing things right, and he wasn't going to need to be put down anytime soon. The thought of losing him so soon was making me crazy.
Honestly, I don't think I would be doing very well if it wasn't for all of you thinking of us and giving me suggestions. I REALLY appreciate all of the suggestions and the help. I'll keep everyone updated.