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Canine Disk Surgery Recovery Journal – Day 3

on December 9, 2015

Day 3 – the day of The Incident. Not anything bad for Daisy, just for us. You’ll read about it and see pics at the end of the journal.

There was a big positive change overnight – Daisy slept through the night – that’s a BIG difference! And today (Wednesday) during the day, we didn’t have to put on any of the music that calms her and makes her fall asleep. Yesterday and Monday we played that music almost endlessly because she was whining so much and seemed so uncomfortable. BIG forward movement!

And one more big positive thing – she peed on her own this morning! Granted, she peed all over herself and the crate bed while she was lying down, but who cares! We didn’t have to try to express her again, and that’s all that matters. She HATED that. We were about fifteen minutes from trying to express her when DD looked in her crate and saw darkness on the fleece blanket – hurrah! We removed the bedding and while DD cleaned Daisy up on a clean wee wee pad, I changed her bedding.

Daisy post op first pee

We got the idea of how to set up Daisy’s bedding from a wonderfully helpful site called Dodgerslist.com. He’s a vet who owns rescue dachshunds, so he’s very experienced with dogs’ back issues and surgeries. Daisy’s bedding consists of a piece of memory foam cut to the size of the crate floor – this is wrapped securely in a trash bag. On top of the trash bag is a wee wee pad, and wrapped around that is a doubled-over fleece blanket, firmly taped to the underside of the crate floor.

The fleece blanket had a nice little wet patch, but when I unwrapped it, I was thrilled to discover that the entire big wee wee pad was completely soaked and heavy! What a relief! We praised her like crazy so hopefully she’ll keep going on her own.

The left rear leg is still dragging. It’s really pathetic to watch her trying to shift herself around in the crate, dragging that leg that’s twisting underneath her. She manages, but it just breaks my heart. To see a formerly functional leg dragging like this is tough on a softie like me. I keep wanting to run over and help her, but the surgeon said definitively not to. ::sigh::

This was Daisy yesterday - you can see how her position shows how uncomfortable she felt.

This was Daisy yesterday – you can see how much suffering was going on.

This is Daisy today. Just one day difference and she looks less pained and more comfortable.

This is Daisy today. Just one day difference and she looks less pained and more comfortable.

Daisy’s appetite is still quite diminished, but that was to be expected. We don’t want to overfeed her because of her lack of activity and the peanut butter that she’s getting with her meds. The surgeon said the worst thing would be if she gained weight right now. And since she hadn’t been eating much in the hospital, we also didn’t want to shock her shrunken stomach with too much food or make her vomit; I imagine that would be extremely painful after spinal surgery. So we feed her 10-20 pieces of kibble 2-3 times a day, depending on what she’ll tolerate. We keep checking to make sure we can’t feel her ribs too prominently or any other signs of too much weight loss. So far so good.

We’re managing with the Tramadol through the method I talked about in Day 2, but we’re keeping all of your wonderful suggestions in our back pocket in case this eventually fails.

The incision is looking good.

So here’s the story of The Incident.

We have moved our computers into the family room on folding tables so we can be with Daisy while we work. Everything in the room has been shifted so her crate is in the middle with plenty of room for us to access it and soft ramps we built leading to her doors. (We couldn’t care less what a wreck it looks like, we’d do anything for our sweet girl!)

Now that you have the picture…

DD was maneuvering Daisy out of her crate after her heroic pee. Poor Daisy was afraid she was going to be expressed again and wasn’t making it easy. Once she got her limp leg clear of the crate, DD moved quickly backward in a crouched position and slammed into a folding table behind her – that just happened to have my full cup of coffee on it – very black coffee. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you the result:

Whatever next?!

Whatever next?!

What the heck, after all this is over, that carpet is getting shampooed anyway!

20 responses to “Canine Disk Surgery Recovery Journal – Day 3

  1. You guys have a great attitude about a tough situation. Here’s hoping Daisy continues to make progress and recovers well.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thank you, Will! We want to keep things positive so Daisy will feel those positive vibes and hopefully that will help her heal even faster. Thanks for your good wishes, they mean a lot to us.

  2. Debra says:

    I felt bad clicking “like” to such difficulties! I have no idea how I haven’t seen your posts this past week, but I sure didn’t. I just read from the beginning and I’m just so sorry Daisy has been through so much. She is in such a good family. Each of you really loves her and arranges your home and schedule to give her all that she needs. I don’t know what I’d do if I saw my dog in pain, but it’s hard to even contemplate. I’m so glad that Daisy is doing some better, but I’m sure you’re all exhausted and still quite concerned. I’ll keep a close eye on your journal now and hope before long to read that she has her usual spunk back! Bless you all!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thank you so much, Debra, your comments brought tears to my eyes. It’s very hard to see her in such pain – harder than going through pain myself – but we’re so grateful to the neurologists and musicians who created the calming/healing music for dogs – it’s a godsend. As are those neurologist vets who are always on call for us, they’ve helped so much. Seeing Daisy’s limp leg is very hard for me to watch, I keep wanting to run over and move it for her, especially when it twists underneath her. We’re learning about massage and manipulation to encourage it to be useful again. I just really hope she continues relieving herself on her own now.

  3. KDKH says:

    Very encouraging!!

  4. Genevieve says:

    Ha! Yes. It does look like a carpet shampooing will be in order, eventually. Meanwhile, YAY, Daisy! Good job peeing all over yourself and your crate! I am very proud of you. Plus thanks for giving your parents a break from having to express you again. Keep up the good….. “work.”

  5. Barb says:

    She is doing really well, just her peeing on her own at last is a big victory!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      It really is, Barb, that was a HUGE step in the right direction. I felt so bad that on top of everything else she’s going through, she had to endure being expressed as well – I can’t get over how much she hated it, the dogs in the videos didn’t seem to mind it and the vet said it doesn’t hurt. Oh well, that’s our Daisy! 🙂

  6. Her eyes look much more “Daisy” now… she is a trooper. I’m sure together you will win that fight and you are on a very good way. Hugs to you and a fresh hot coffee ….

  7. Mary says:

    I’m so glad she is showing some improvement. Baby steps, but steps in the right direction. Poor thing, just thinking about her dragging her little leg makes my heart hurt.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      That’s the hardest part now for me. But you’re right, I have to keep thinking about all the positive little steps in the right direction; at least we have no setbacks!

  8. Jan K says:

    Yay for peeing!! That has to be such a relief for you. And the difference in those two photos from one day to the next is awesome.
    Spilled coffee is a minor bump in the road, though it’s exactly the kind of thing that would send me into tears. You know, you hold it all in for so long, and something silly like that is what ends up setting you off? Hope it didn’t affect you like that though! 🙂

    • raisingdaisy says:

      I know what you mean about small things setting you off when your emotions are at their height. That didn’t happen to me (this time), but it did momentarily make me feel like we were being targeted by negative things because there are other things going on too, like my husband being out of work for over four months now. And right after the coffee went down, I spilled Daisy’s water bowl, and the whole situation became so ridiculous to have so many things going wrong at once that it sent me into laughter. THIS time…!

  9. So happy to read Daisy is coming along.

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