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Canine Disk Surgery Recovery Journal: Day 2

on December 9, 2015

I’m behind in posting this, it was supposed to go up last night at the end of Day 2, but I was hoping to have some pics to share. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to crop and define them, so this is just text. Sorry about that! Tonight’s post for Day 3 will be better.

There was a little less whining during the night Tuesday night, which we’re taking as a good sign. Daisy is doing a fair bit of panting, though, which may be due to pain or perhaps it’s a side effect of the meds.

Moving around is very difficult for her because of that limp back leg. She just kind of drags it or just drags her entire rear end around without picking it up as she turns in circles to rearrange herself; once in a while we’ll see her pick it up but not bend it or use it at all. If it wasn’t for that leg, she’d be doing much better. She seemed to have trouble staying comfortable today and there was a bit more whining in the daytime.

We’re feeling generally positive, though – the incision looks good and Daisy’s affect is much better than before surgery. At that time, her ears hung limply (far different from a relaxed look), she barely moved, and she had a constant “help me”, pained expression. It was pathetic and heartbreaking. Now, even though she’s enduring a painful recovery and difficult treatments, like being expressed totally against her will, being taken out of the crate twice a day which causes a lot of discomfort for her, and having to take meds she hates, when she’s lying in the crate her ears are perkier, her eyes are brighter, and the “help me” look is gone. Blessings, every single one.

The unexpected “oh dear” issue. Gas. Really putrid, nasty clouds of the stuff – and there’s no escape, we have to stay in the room with her! (Now that’s love LOL!) Daisy hasn’t pooped since she got home, but they didn’t expect her to until Wednesday (tomorrow, but I can’t see it happening). Last night when the vet taught DD and DH how to express Daisy for pee, he checked her colon and found it empty, so he wasn’t at all concerned that she hasn’t pooped. However, she’s passing gas that would knock a T-Rex on its butt. And of course it’s cold out, so we can’t even open windows. Oh, the sacrifices!

Licking bald spots. A good portion of Daisy’s front leg is shaved from where the IV was, and she’ll start licking it. I allow a little bit of it, but then I have to stop her because too much licking can cause hot spots and infection. The absolute last thing we need. Thank goodness she can’t reach her shaved and sutured back!

Tramadol battle. We use natural, organic peanut butter, which is much softer than regular brands. We’ve found that adding crushed Tramadol in with the peanut butter and then freezing it for about ten minutes makes it just solid enough for us to get it far enough into her mouth that it immediately softens and she starts mushing it with her tongue, then swallows it. She pulls a face, but it’s in her! We’ll see if we can keep getting away with that, she has a long way to go on this med. If this starts to fail (aka, if she starts outsmarting us with this method too), we’ll try putting the crushed pill in hamburger.

Acknowledgement! When Daisy heard her buddy barking from down the street, she picked her head up and took notice with her ears raised to half mast – something that she didn’t do in the days before surgery or yesterday. She didn’t bark – the only sounds she makes so far are whining and moaning – but she did become alert, which we’re taking as another positive sign.

Expressing. Daisy really hates this process, but we have to do it until she goes on her own. DD got a small puddle out of Daisy at noon, but nothing came out tonight. Daisy didn’t drink a lot, but still, dogs usually have something saved up. If we can’t get anything out of her by 11 AM tomorrow, we’ll have to take her back to the hospital for help with it again. We really hate to put her through that – going there is always so traumatic for her.

And with all that, Day 2 is finally over and done. At this pace, it’ll feel like a year before the 8 weeks are over!

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18 responses to “Canine Disk Surgery Recovery Journal: Day 2

  1. Jan K says:

    I’m so glad for you that there are some promising signs! That was a good idea you came up with for the pills in the peanut butter, and it’s great you have some back up plans if it doesn’t continue to work. Sometimes dogs can be too smart for their own good, and it’s hard to fool them!
    Keep up the good work, Daisy, and we hope you don’t have to head back to the vet again. Paws crossed for you.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks Jan, and yes we’re keeping everyone’s great suggestions about the pills in case she really holds us off. I agree, dogs are definitely too smart sometimes, and Daisy’s got plenty of time to work things out now! 😉

  2. KDKH says:

    Thanks for the update; you all have been in my thoughts and I was wondering about her progress. Sending loving thoughts! ☀️

  3. Cupcake says:

    All of that and it’s only day 2???? GAH! 8 weeks suddenly seems like 8 years! You are tougher than you look Daisy! Hang in there. You’re in good hands. We’re here with you pulling for you every step of the way.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  4. Can you just shove the pill down her throat? That is the only way we can get Hailey to take hers.

  5. Barb says:

    It all sounds promising (except for the gas problem LOL), but as we know, it’s better out than in!

  6. That baby is so well loved! She may not understand it just now, but she will.

  7. Oh Daisy gurl!!! Ma says my gasses can make her run outta the room too…I thinks the peeps just are too sensitive! Too bad you guys aren’t here..it was 73 today, and all the windows are open..Ma says the fresh aire does her good! whatevers..☺ Ma says she feels your peeps nose pain, and she can send nose plugs if they wants!
    I am sendin’ you tons of POTP and healin’ vibes and AireZens!!! and another pitcher of margaritas for the peeps…you have to waits til you’re feelin’ betters ☺
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Those were my best gasses ever – usually I just squeak, but no one can smell anything. This time I really surprised them – for hours! Well, I can’t be the only one feeling pain, right? 😉

  8. Mary says:

    Don’t you wish you could just explain everything to her?

    • raisingdaisy says:

      We say that all the time, Mary – if only we could explain why and how, she wouldn’t be so scared and wouldn’t hurt herself. If I had one wish, it would be to be able to communicate with her. Well, it would have to be two wishes – I’d also wish that she would be healthy all her life and live to be at least 50.

  9. I am catching up after being out of town. It sounds like you are taking great care of Daisy.

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