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Ddog having surgery tomorrow - please help me to get a grip

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skintnotskinny Sun 09-Sep-18 20:57:02

My lovely boy is having surgery tomorrow and I’m feeling very wobbly. He’s had a rubbish year, starting with an infection on his spine which took ages (and ££££) to diagnose, followed by months of antibiotics. The infection has finally gone but he’s been left with a lot of scar tissue and irritation around his sciatic nerve which is causing him a lot of pain.

The vet doing the operation is one of the foremost specialists in this field so I know he’ll be in good hands but I can’t help worrying 😕

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MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Sun 09-Sep-18 21:10:09

Aww, hand hold here. I’m sure he’s in good hands and think how much happier he’ll be afterwards. They’ll keep you up to date with his progress and let you know how he’s getting on. Can you send him in with one of his own blankets and an old top of yours so he’s got familiar smells around him when he wakes up?

lelepond Sun 09-Sep-18 22:12:56

It never ceases to amaze me how resilient our pups are- they really are tough as old boots when they need to be. Sounds like he's in safe hands and where he needs to be flowers. Wishing him a speedy recovery!

skintnotskinny Sun 09-Sep-18 22:16:57

Thank you - he’s going to have to be in a crate for two weeks, then four weeks of on-lead walks, no stairs and no jumping but after that he should (frantically crossing everything) be back to his normal, cheerful, active self.

Good idea about blanket/top smile

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MrsMozart Sun 09-Sep-18 22:19:21

I have all crossed that he comes through it just fine.

A handhold lass.

OrcinusOrca Sun 09-Sep-18 22:30:03

Handhold here too. It's awful. My 10YO had surgery a few weeks ago, didn't need crate rest luckily but other consequences which haven't been easy. I hope it all goes smoothly and that you aren't kept worried waiting for news.

BiteyShark Mon 10-Sep-18 07:28:12

Hope everything goes smoothly. Finger and paws crossed for you here.

skintnotskinny Mon 10-Sep-18 15:18:29

Waiting for phone call .... should be between 4 and 5 .... but am staring at the phone willing it to ring at 3:15 ....

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Ginorchoc Mon 10-Sep-18 15:20:40

Hope it went well, our dog was spayed today, just phoned Vet and they need more time as she is slow in recovery so I’ve got to phone back in an hour to see how she is doing, worrying isn’t it!

BiteyShark Mon 10-Sep-18 16:52:43

Hope they have phoned with some good news skintnotskinny

Same to you Ginorchoc.

skintnotskinny Mon 10-Sep-18 17:49:25

Surgery went smoothly - he’s in recovery and being looked after by a very nice nurse. Neurologist doing ward round at 9 tomorrow when they’ll make a decision about when he can come home

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skintnotskinny Mon 10-Sep-18 17:50:17

Hope you’ve had good news too @ginorchoc

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Ginorchoc Tue 11-Sep-18 16:59:15

Hope he is doing ok? Long recovery from GA for ours, she was crying all night. I slept on the sofa next to her, hopefully better nights sleep tonight.

BiteyShark Tue 11-Sep-18 17:23:02

Ginorchoc my dog is like that after every GA he has. Takes a couple of days each time for him to get back to more his normal self.

Any news of when he can come home skintnotskinny

skintnotskinny Tue 11-Sep-18 21:59:56

He’s staying in another night - he’s doing well - eating, going outside for quick wee walks - but he’s still in pain from the wound site and they want to get on top of that before he comes home. I spoke to the neurologist this evening and barring any setback tonight we should be able to pick him up tomorrow afternoon. He said the nerve was very badly swollen (worse than he thought it was from the MRI) so surgery was definitely the right decision

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MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Tue 11-Sep-18 23:43:52

Well that all sounds good then. Fingers crossed he’s better soon and you can have him home.

cinders15 Wed 12-Sep-18 00:09:04

thanks OP

lelepond Wed 12-Sep-18 00:36:39

That's great to hear, fingers crossed he'll be able to come home tomorrow.

Ginorchoc Wed 12-Sep-18 06:34:50

Poor dog, but what a relief for you, hopefully he will be back home tonight. X

MrsMozart Wed 12-Sep-18 08:14:56

Hope he's home today.

skintnotskinny Wed 12-Sep-18 12:09:05

Spoke to the nurse looking after him today - he’s perked up a lot and is ‘chatting’ to her when she goes past (also getting a bit jealous when she pays attention to any of the other dogs...). He still hasn’t done a poo shock but he won’t poo when he’s on the lead if he can help it at all ... so they’re going to try taking him out on a longer lead to give him a bit more privacy. But apart from that, he’s on course to come home this afternoon smile

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MrsMozart Wed 12-Sep-18 13:27:32

Yay! All bits crossed for a poo and him homecoming.

skintnotskinny Thu 13-Sep-18 08:36:21

He’s home smile. He looks awful, with a very weird haircut and massive scar along his back. He’s eating and resting but is obviously not feeling himself.

I am extremely glad he was crate trained as a puppy as he’s perfectly happy to rest inside the crate and I suspect being comfortable about being crated meant being in the vets was much less stressful for him

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MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Thu 13-Sep-18 14:43:14

Well that’s good, he’ll be fine in there then. Glad he’s home. Has he cheered up? grin

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