|Barked: Sat Jul 4, '09 7:18am PST |
|First thing Monday (Jul6) morning, undergoing either a TTA (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement) or a TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) depending on what the surgeon find once he gets in there.
Unfortunately due to financial strains it's being done at a "Wellness Clinic", where she'll be released in the early afternoon the same day as they don't have facilities for overnight care. Good surgeon though.
I've got some questions for anyone whose been down this road:
a) how do I get her to learn to "potty" right outside the door. I don't have time to retrain her to do so. Will this just come naturally since she'll be in too much pain to walk far? (I'll be buying or making a sling to go under her belly so I can help support her. Unfortunately the best slings are mailorder and I dont have time to order one)
b) what, if any, extra supplements would be appropriate? I usually supplement with Omega-3's, but due to their blood thinning effect they won't be appropriate for at least awhile after surgery. I assume CosaminDS/MSM? anything else?
c) anything else I'm going to run into that I'm not going to expect?
-I'm scared to death (me, the human). I'm disabled, can't lift much weight, can't drive (so dont have a car). I'm a competant biologist with human field medic experience- but that knowledge/experience just lets me know how much knowledge/experience there is that I don't know/have. I'm so attached to Choppy that when I was in the hospital for 1.5months when I got sick/injured, I cried everyday for them to let me take a quick field-trip home to see her, or for them to let me go down to the parking lot, so my (ex)wife could drive her up real quick. They didnt let me do either . If it wasn't for Choppy and Lou I never would have survived my divorce or learning to deal with my handicaps. My life revolves around my dogs. They sleep in bed, under the covers, with me. I'm on disability, and I sold everything I had worth of value for this surgery. I just have so much emotionally invested in these guys. I had a dog pass away 4-5 years ago, I still cant speak his name without choking up. I can't even think about him yet...
Sorry for unloading. I don't have much of a support system. Anyway, any advice anyone has, please don't be stingy. I'm flying blind and scared Thanks, DC (Choppy's Dad)
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