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The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

Canine Disk Surgery Recovery Journal – Day 5

on December 11, 2015

First of all I want to thank all you wonderful blogging friends who are sticking with us through this journey. It really helps to have your support and helpful comments; it makes us feel so much less isolated in our efforts to help Daisy. If Daisy could read, I know she’d send lickies to every single one of  you. 🙂

We started the day bright and early attacking the pee problem. DD and DH took Daisy out with the sling, all of us praying she would finally do what’s supposed to come naturally. But it was not to be. She doesn’t even sniff the ground, she just stands there like a statue. Nor did expressing help do anything but upset her.

However, we’re going to try a new approach around noon – we discovered that some dogs can be expressed while lying on their sides instead of standing up, so we’re going to try that. Maybe she’ll be more relaxed that way and her muscles won’t be so tight. The dog used in the video was a Havanese, which is half of what Daisy is, so maybe that’s not a coincidence!

The plan is to take her out to exercise her legs a little bit, which tends to tire her just a bit. Then we’ll bring her in and lie her down on a wee wee pad and put on the calming music we were using. We’ll pet her for a while and when she’s calm, we’ll try expressing, Maybe it’ll be less traumatic for her that way. Report to follow.

Daisy’s appetite is very good today, she’s now eating heartily on her own, we don’t have to feed her by hand one kibble at a time. Another good sign.

Hey, I remember this stuff! And with a dollop of pumpkin too - how gourmet!

Hey, I remember this stuff! And with a dollop of pumpkin too – how gourmet!

Afternoon update: Well, trying to express Daisy while lying down didn’t help. BUT – whatever DD did helped to push a poop out of her LOL! So it’s back down to the vet tonight. I really hope this doesn’t continue through the holidays! I’ll be changing the song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Peemas”…please!!

Have you ever seen the Seinfeld episode where Elaine goes to the doctor for a rash and ends up with “Difficult” on her chart, and no doctor will see her in the entire city of New York? Well, we thought it was just a bit of TV fun, but now Daisy has “difficult” on her chart!! The vet we saw on Thursday night to express Daisy told us that “difficult to express” is on her chart AND she had SO much trouble finding Daisy’s bladder that she actually had to do an ultrasound to find it!! So even though we’re upset that we can’t help her, we don’t feel as bad as we did now that we know two experienced vets have also had a tough time!

Daisy went to the vet again tonight to be expressed again. I really hope this doesn’t last much longer; I certainly don’t want to be driving her there on Christmas or New Years Eve! But the vet thinks the Tramadol might be inhibiting her ability to pee and she really doesn’t seem to need it anymore, so he told us to stop giving it to her and see if that makes a difference. He said her motor functions are intact and there’s no physical or medical reason for her not to go. Tonight he expressed her outside to give her the idea that she needs to return to normal.

Another positive thing: when DH came home tonight, Daisy got excited to see him and excitedly maneuvered herself around in her crate to face the door so he could pet her – so quickly that we were afraid she was going to hurt herself. This is an improvement too, because up until now when he’d come home, she’d just look at him and wag her tail, sometimes just the tip. Tonight was a full-on greeting!

And finally – she’s becoming very alert to sounds and recognizing what they are. When she heard DD preparing her food, she perked her head up and held it there; she also sat up!

What's that? Do I hear dinner being served?

What’s that? Do I hear dinner being served?

Sitting up for about thirty seconds was more than she's done since her surgery eight days ago.

Sitting up for about thirty seconds was more than she’s done since her surgery.

Let’s see what the weekend brings!

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19 responses to “Canine Disk Surgery Recovery Journal – Day 5

  1. KDKH says:

    It is so easy to be focused on failure to express, Daisy not peeing, and things NOT happening. But Daisy is an intuitive little dog and she could be picking up on your angst and focus on things not happening. Try to picture her going (not dreading her Not going) and think of glorious streams of pee! It can’t hurt, and it could help her focus on the important things. You never know!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      I totally believe in positive suggestion and projection too; the only thing I’m sure she’s been picking up is DD’s nervousness in trying to express her. But that’s hard to push aside since Daisy cries when either we or the vet tries to express her. Ah well, we do the best we can!

  2. We’re glad Daisy is home and is recuperating from the surgery. It sounds as if you folks have your hands full taking care of her. Hopefully, she will begin to pee on her own soon.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Taking care of Daisy is almost a full-time job these days, but she’s worth every minute of it. She’s been giving us more and more “time off” to get other work done now that she’s resting more comfortably in the crate. We’re very anxious for all her “functions” to be operational!

  3. Barb says:

    You must all be under a great deal of strain with Daisy’s recovery but there are some definite signs of improvement. Just remember that every day that passes is a day closer to her full recovery. Easy for me to say “this too shall pass”, but it’s true – it will get better.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      It is a strain, Barb, but we keep trying to focus on all the progress she’s made in such a short time. We’ve reworked our schedules so at least one of us is always with her, preferably two of us because the docs said to watch for certain negative signs that would mean an immediate rush to the hospital, and that’s a two-person job. I agree that every day is a day closer to having our Daisy back to normal – the day when she can live outside the crate will be a day to celebrate!

  4. I hope Daisy will write a pee-mail soon, I cross my paws as hard as I can for some season-peeings. But it is so good to see that she can sit and that she got her appetite back. POTP and hugs to you,hoping for some yellow raindrops…. instead of white christmas….

  5. Cupcake says:

    Good girl, D. Your tiny baby steps toward recovery are very encouraging. You’re definitely moving in the right direction! And moving! So, YAY! And your mom and doctors continue having new ideas to help you. Yay for them, too! xoxo

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thank you Cupcake! We’re all very encouraged and my family thinks my leg will work again over time – at least to some degree, but that’s still good! We’re anxious to hear the neurosurgeon’s evaluation on the 21st.

  6. Jan K says:

    I hope dropping the med will get her pee issues resolved. It sounds like she is making such great progress in so many ways, that if you can just get that one thing fixed, it will be such a relief for you (and for Daisy). Hang in there…we’re pulling for you!

  7. Mary says:

    Small improvements all lead to a big one. Now Daisy……just PEE!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Yes, that’s absolutely right, and seeing positive movements every day is more than the surgeon told us to expect. Daisy is a strong little girl…now if she would just relax and let things flow! 😉

  8. Me says:

    It made me so happy to read this; all these improvements seem so huge and I’m sat here smiling for you 🙂

    *sends Daisy pee vibes*

  9. I sure hope the change in meds help.

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