2.18.2010

pupdate: cody out of surgery, doing fine

Yay and hooray! The surgery went quickly and easily - they got the whole mass with the famed clean margins - and Cody is doing fine. Whoo-hoo!!

She's been moved from ICU to "wards" and is sleeping it off now. They've even given her extra meds in anticipation of pain as she wakes up. They have to manipulate the dog's body while they're under, and with arthritis and hip dysplasia, that can cause quite a bit of pain later. But they're very pro-active with pain management, and will do everything they can to keep her comfortable.

And now I can breathe again! Allan was confident that all would be well, but I was not.

Tala seems sad and subdued. But she'll be happy in a few days, too.

22 comments:

Amy said...

So, so glad for this! When can you bring her home? Any post-operative treatment, or is this it?

Good thing we had all that porn stuff to talk about to stay distracted. :)

Northern Girl said...

I'm so glad Cody is out of surgery and doing so well. I hope she has a quick recovery.

Eric is now waiting for his papers from CIC, and we will be moving to Guelph around June. It's a nice city.

impudent strumpet said...

YAY Cody!!! I was worried when I didn't see a Cody update last night, (but it looks like you posted right after I checked) so it's a relief to know that everybody's happy and healthy!

It will be interesting to see what Cody and Tala do when they're reunited. Have they ever been apart before?

Stephanie said...

Happy happy, Joy joy!! :)

tim said...

Well done cody! Yay CTAWLK family!

And re: guelph, i totally understand and would never expect you to come socialize during a time like that. But hopefully next visit after you pick up Cody will be less stressful!

L-girl said...

Thanks, Tim. :) And thanks everyone for the cheers and good wishes.

To answer some questions...

We don't yet know when we can bring her home, it depends how quickly she bounces back. They'll keep her there until all her signs are normal. Maybe Saturday morning, maybe Sunday morning.

Post-op treatments will depend if the surgeon is sure that all the cancer is gone. If not, they might want to do radiation treatments just locally at the surgical point. I'll know more when I get the full surgery report.

Since we brought Tala home, Tala and Cody have never been apart overnight, until last night. The longest they've been apart was when one of them needed to stay at the vet for some treatment, but that would have been for a few hours.

Tala seemed sad and disoriented all day. She's spending most of her time by herself, in her crate, which is like her home base if she's not feeling well.

Poor thing, I wish she could understand that Cody is fine and it's only temporary!

James said...

Great news. We're hoping Cody can get home nice and quickly!

johngoldfine said...

So glad for all of you. Fingers slowly uncrossing now....

When Boca was off in Portland overnight for back surgery, the other four, who mostly either ignore or actively loathe her, were very subdued. My dogs are very conservative in their views about what constitutes a viable society--'as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be' is pretty much the deal for them.

Fortunately, they forget their disquiet the moment things are back to the way they spoz to be.

L-girl said...

When Boca was off in Portland overnight for back surgery, the other four, who mostly either ignore or actively loathe her, were very subdued.

That's so cool. Even the bottom dog is missed, because she is part of the pack. What kind of surgery?

My dogs are very conservative in their views about what constitutes a viable society--'as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be' is pretty much the deal for them.

Absolutely. That's why a change of routine is so tough on an insecure dog. We used to say, "For Buster, once is a pattern."

Fortunately, they forget their disquiet the moment things are back to the way they spoz to be.

Dogs are amazingly resilient - healthy, secure dogs, that is. Most dogs, the moment things are back to normal, they're grand.

A dog that's been abused or has serious separation anxiety is another story. The first time we took Buster "upstate" for a holiday, he screamed and cried for hours - hours! - until he exhausted himself. He would not be distracted by food or play or anything - he was so terrified.

The next day, once we all woke up in the same place, together, and went into a feeding/walking routine, he was fine.

The following summer, he was still nervous and upset when we arrived, but it wasn't nearly as severe.

The summer after that, no reaction at all, he had a great time from the start.

In between those visits was a lot of love, therapy, training, medications... And a lot of comforting routines where people didn't drive him places and abandon him.

Amy said...

Poor Buster. You guys are amazing dog people. What a story.

Cassie seems more flexible than most dogs. We move, we take her to new places, we bring in new cats to replace old cats, new people come and go in the house. She remains remarkably calm and consistent. Considering that she was a pound dog when we found her and that she was apparently abandoned, tied to a tree, in a trailer park, we feel incredibly lucky. Someone must have loved her a lot and been unable to keep her. At least that's the story I tell myself.

L-girl said...

That's great about Cassie. Many of our other dogs who were also rescues were super flexible, too. Clyde was happy anywhere, anytime - always up for an adventure, happy to go with whoever or whatever was happening. And we found her in a subway stop outside the Bronx Zoo, covered in mange.

With Buster it was something much more sinister.

Sheesh, it's amazing, we had him only six years, but the experience changed me forever.

Amy said...

Clyde was a she?? Who'd have thought!

L-girl said...

I just spoke to the doc in charge of Cody's care. She's doing great - and she can come home today!!

She'll be ready to go by this afternoon. Allan's going to make arrangements at work, and we'll pick her up tonight.

YAY!

Amy said...

YAY is right!! That's wonderful news! Let us know how her reunion with Tala goes.

L-girl said...

Clyde was a she?? Who'd have thought!

People used to tell us we would confuse her by having a boy's name. :>)

She was a sweet little thing. Very tough and dominant with other dogs (terriers!), totally sweet and loving with all people, always joyous. Just loved life, loved everything.

She was Allan's little girl.

James said...

Tala's going to be very pleased.

Amy said...

People used to tell us we would confuse her by having a boy's name. :>)

LOL! I am sure it confused lots of people though!

L-girl said...

Tala's going to be very pleased.

I can't wait to see it!

johngoldfine said...

A disc had squeezed out of line and she was in constant pain.

All this happened over the course of a week from the time we first noticed her discomfort: our vet had her for observation, did xrays, a scan, tried muscle relaxants, but in the end, conservative treatment not getting results and the pain growing worse and finally preventing Boca from eating (not her usual MO, trust me), the doc recommended a specialist in Portland.

We called on the Sunday before Labor Day, not the best time to be on the Maine Turnpike, but the specialist said to bring her right down, right away. 36 hours later she was in the car again, heading home with a shaved, stapled back and her personality restored.

God bless that specialist hospital
--they called with updates 5 or 6 times over the day and a half Boca was gone. They called asking for followup information three times after she came home. They told us up front what the total cost would be, did what they said they'd do when they said they'd do it, did it successfully, reduced the bill when she needed less care than they had originally projected, and here she is today driving the other dogs crazy, happy as can be.

Why can't I get medical treatment like that!

L-girl said...

A wonderful story!

Why can't I get medical treatment like that!

I know. While we were waiting for Cody's x-rays and blood tests, I was saying to Allan how our vets, especially the specialists we've dealt with, are incredible - such an amazing combination of caring, compassion and knowledge. We've had a few bad experiences with vets (as I mentioned above or maybe in the previous Cody thread), but the specialists have all been completely amazing.

We also have an excellent general vet now, which I'm very grateful for.

[I'll also add that we've had only great medical care for ourselves since coming to Canada, although I know it's a small sample size.]

johngoldfine said...

BTW, Boca is NOT the bottom dog!

The big doofus collie is bottom dog. Boca with a bone or a recently removed sock in her mouth is the equal of King Kong, ready to fly across the room in a whirlwind pf kerfuffle at the slightest perceived or imagined disrespect to her lofty station in life.

We feed serially by hierarchy, not simultaneously, and she is fed third, but would go second were it not for tradition and our unwillingness to demote and break the heart of # 2, Chloe.

L-girl said...

BTW, Boca is NOT the bottom dog!

Oops, sorry Boca! I saw "ignored or loathed" and just assumed.

Feeding hierarchically, that's quite the pack you have there.