Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

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

A Bum-Numbing Afternoon

I just may have a permanently numb bum.

 

You can see the difference in her from her happy pre-spay pictures. This is one pathetic puppy.

 

After making an appointment with the vet to find out why Daisy is trembling and clearly in pain after a day of near-normal post-spay behavior, I found out that dogs sometimes tremble from pain and the fear it generates. I think this is the problem because when I put her on my lap and cuddled her, as was recommended by another vet online, she immediately stopped trembling and fell asleep.

She slept comfortably on my lap with no trembling for almost 2 hours…ergo, my numb bum.

Then she suddenly jumped up and frantically circled around, clearly feeling pain or at least some pretty high level of discomfort, with that weird posture and movement that comes from pain. I think she’s feeling some intense itching as well, because her one hind leg keeps making scratching motions in mid-air.

But she looks at me with those soulful, “help me” eyes and it just kills me that I can’t ease her pain.

I’m thinking that maybe every dog’s sensitivity to pain is different, much like all people’s sensitivity to pain is different. We all have different levels of pain tolerance, so why shouldn’t animals? And maybe Daisy was acting more normally yesterday because the pain med he gave her took a little longer to wear off, just like it does with some people. It’s a possibility, anyway.

Now she’s curled up in the corner of the sofa, something we don’t usually allow. We will for now; whatever it takes to give her some relief. But the interesting thing is that there’s still no trembling – clearly, that online vet was right about it being fear-driven, and that fear is relieved when she’s being comforted by the people she trusts.

I think I’ll cancel the vet appointment and see how she does from here on. If the pain doesn’t start lessening by Wednesday or Thursday, I’ll call again and make an appointment to find out if this level of pain is normal by that time. But I’m relieved that at least the trembling isn’t involuntary. I wonder if I’ll have to spend the night with her here on the sofa….

It’s amazing what lengths we’re willing to go to for a furry little creature who we only met and took into our home a few months ago! I guess it’s love…. 🙂

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Back Home From Spay Surgery – Not a Happy Havachon

Well Daisy’s back in her own comfy home after her spaying on Friday. Thank you to everyone who expressed their concern and support!

You don’t know what I’ve been through!

I don’t remember my last dog having so much discomfort after her spay surgery, but then again, it was a long time ago and she was bandaged. Vets don’t like to bandage dogs anymore unless the incision starts bleeding, the dog starts chewing/biting at it, or it becomes infected.

We dropped Daisy off at 11 AM on Friday, and both DD and I were surprised at how teary we both got when we had to leave her behind. We followed our game plan of staying occupied – we went to one of our favorite local cozy lunch spots, then went to the mall and Starbucks (three cheers for Raspberry Mocha Lattes!!). That helped, though we did find ourselves checking our watches, waiting for 4:00, when we could call the vet and see how Daisy did.

The report we got was good, they said she did well and was coming out of the anesthesia. She was on a heating pad and covered in a blanket to keep her warm, which they said helps dogs come around faster and easier. Her favorite veterinary assistant was spending the night with her and a couple other dogs who’d been spayed that day, so we knew she was in good hands.

When we picked her up at noon Saturday, she looked pathetic. Her rash, which we still have no diagnosis for (the vet feels it’s either food related or fall related, but we won’t know until after her surgery has healed; I’m wondering if it’s the carpet cleaner from the last time we had the carpets done), got much worse because they had to shave the entire tummy area, which really irritated it. The spots are flaming red now. She also had a slight ear infection, caused by the rash (it’s common for dermatitis to affect the ears). So they took care of that, plucked more hair from inside her ears, and slathered her with an ointment that has her ear/neck area and tummy/leg areas disgustingly greasy.

And we can’t bathe her for 2 weeks. Ugh.

They also did a full blood work-up and removed 2 baby teeth that refused to come out on their own. She doesn’t seem to be feeling any after-effects from the tooth removals, yesterday she was chewing happily on a hard Nylabone.

She wasn’t as out of it as they thought she’d be on Saturday; in fact she was practically frantic when she got home and we could only get her to rest by sitting on the floor with her, which DH did most of the afternoon. Yesterday, Sunday, she was better and starting to move more freely.

But today she’s having a lot of discomfort and whining pathetically. She can’t walk normally – it looks like she’s trying to scratch with one hind leg while she walks. She also can’t lie down comfortably unless she’s curled on her side in her soft, cushioned bed, but I can’t get her to stay there. It seems to me that there must be some discomfort from the stitches and maybe itching from the skin and muscle starting to heal…? I’m watching for any signs of infection.

It’s pathetic though – she’s running weirdly in short bursts and whining, then trying to sit but can’t get comfortable, so it all repeats over and over again. She seems really agitated. She’s tired but ends up standing most of the time.

I hope this is normal for the second full day after surgery – any advice from fellow dog owners?

It’s so frustrating to see your puppy looking and feeling so awful and not be able to do anything to help!!

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