February 3rd 2012 10:37 am
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Easiest way for me to explain is to show you what Mom wrote to her sibling:
Mostly good news.
I will start with the bad. $1400. Huge incision, over a foot long with many staples. I will have to keep him quiet for ten days. That will be tough but I guess I can sacrifice my basement for that and insist on having a long enough lunch break to go home and let him out half way through my days of work. And, of course, he has to wear the cone and take antibiotics.
Now the good news. Vet found numerous grass seeds festering inside his flank. That was most likely the cause of this, or so I'm told. It is very unusual if this has been going on for 3 years, but possible. Vet hopes that he got them all but cannot be sure without getting more invasive. When you see his incision, you will understand why he didn't want to go further. Lobo is completely well and moving around perfectly. How can he not even have a limp with that kind of a surgery? How can an old boy like him completely recover from being under anesthetic for so long? He isn't even on pain meds. It will be tough to keep him from running around. And my yard is a skating rink at the moment. So that will be a long ten days. It would almost be better if he was groggy and not energetic. Almost, but not really. It was very nice to see him full of piss and vinegar. The vet was very impressed with his condition at 11 years of age. The lady that brought him out to me almost had her arm taken off. I wish I had had the camera when he spotted me and dragged her over to me. She said, "Looks like he doesn't like you." (In jest.) She said, "I think he needs to pee as he has not been out for a while." Soon as we got out of there, did he ever pee! And then, he was desperately thirsty. Glad I had water ready for him. Got home, he peed some more, pooped, ate and drank, peed again, wanted to go out and carry on like normal, but he is not allowed to do that crazy fence chasing for ten days. Plus it is icy. Don't want to blow some of those expensive staples. He has 60 of them. Also good news that he won't have to go back on steroids. So it looks like a careful ten days of keeping him from blowing his stitches, antibiotics, cone, and he will be better than new!
Man that dog has caused me a lot of grief, expense and aged me before my time. But he is such a good boy. I sure wish I didn't have to leave him and go to work. And, I only get one day off this weekend due to Superbowl.
So that is what happened to me! I want to run and play but am not allowed to. Kitcat is still afraid of me because of the vet smells and the cone. But she hovers around me and stares at me. Squirrel came over and said hello. Both kitties checked out my staples. Kind of cool to have a zipper on your knee! Sure feels better than what I had there before. Mom did not take a picture of that as it was so horrible and she was so upset. Was very nice to get back in my truck and then come home.
Thank you to all of you for thinking of me, yet again, and the messages and POP's etc.
Lobo, keeping my paws crossed that those grass seeds were what was causing the problems. Just try to rest for the next 10 days and you will be good as new. Sending lots of prayers and positive thoughts your way!
You are one TOUGH boy !!!
Thinking you might try him back in the long sleeved T Shirts ?
I rmember you said you had to dog sit the bosses dog at work(?) Is it poss for you to take Lobo to work?... at least some part of the day.... if you can get home lunch time... maybe half a day as a try out ?
I may have got mixed up.
So glad to hear the vet got that grass seed out of ya.
Glad your feeling better, you tough old doggie
Can't keep a good old doggie down.....
Thank you so much!
I think we will be going with the half day idea. I will go into the basement when Mom goes to work, with just a little water.
She will come home at lunch to let me out and say hello.
Then back to work. That is the plan.
You sure are tough.
That's a long incision. Make sure that you listen to your Mom and don't go running or anything. Just relax.
Get well soon, pal.
Please rest Lobo and be a very good boy for your mom for 10 days. Again, more healing prayers and hugs for you.
Youve been through a lot Lobo, I just hope it wasnt the adrenaline flowing through you and you start hurting the next few day. Well if you do I'm sure your mom can call the vet and get you some medicine. Take it easy!
Woof Woof, Molly