2.19.2010

pupdate: the patient is home

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We are all home, happy and tired. Thanks for all your great love and support.

Hooray for great vets, hooray for Cody!

15 comments:

redsock said...

Pink neck on the Brown!

James said...

It's good to be home!

L-girl said...

Yes indeed!

Amy said...

Happy for you all. Hope Tala is happy also!

Dharma Seeker said...

Can't wait to see her tomorrow :)

M@ said...

Yay Cody! Happy thoughts from all of us here.

deang said...

Aaaawwww, so cute. Glad she's doing okay.

Northern Girl said...

"Pink neck on the Brown!"

Yes, that is some pink neck, isn't it?

I'm glad she's home and look forward to more updates.

johngoldfine said...

Keep your chin up, Cody, or...er, down when the wind is blowing outside.

Is she in pain, discomfort, dopey, depressed? Keeping as quiet as the vet would like? How did the two dogs greet each other when reunited? How did she greet you guys when you picked her up? Diet restrictions? Followup with home vet or in Guelph? How much home nursing is required?

L-girl said...

Tala was very excited to see Cody! She didn't mob her, just sniffed her and bounced around happily. Today she's very rambuctious - after being down for the last 2 days, it's quite a difference.

Cody seems down, a little depressed. I would expect that, she's been through an ordeal and she is old. Also, she can't wear her DAP collar, which is like her doggie Prozac, so that might also be having an affect.

The post-op care is pretty basic - some painkillers, checking the incision (should be dry, touching it should not bother her), no collar (using her Halti).

The biggest change will be no unsupervised outdoor time, so they can't roughhouse, until the stitches are removed. They usually spend a lot of time outdoors without us (something our urban dogs never ever had!), but only Tala can have that for a while.

This morning when Tala tried to play, I told her "uh-uh" and distracted her with play with me. Tala's very responsive, it was no big deal.

L-girl said...

Other than that, no restrictions, and follow up can be either in Guelph or home vet, our choice.

Cody was happy to see us, wagging her tail, but not overjoyed. She acts more excited when we come home from work or shopping. I think she was dazed.

I also spoke to our own vet yesterday, who has been getting regular updates from Guelph. (She said they really go above and beyond that way.) She was thrilled. She also told me she had been optimistic all along, that's why she encouraged us to go to Guelph.

Amy said...

John asked all the questions I had been thinking about. I am glad all is going well. It is amazing that Tala can sense not to be too rough. When we bring a pet home from the vet, the other pets also always seem to be interested and curious and happy. Lots of sniffing. Do you crate them when you aren't home?

No weird cone collar for Cody---that's good. Dogs (and cats) always hate those things. I guess she can't really reach her incision to chew at it so she doesn't need that.

I am sure Cody will get her energy back once all the drugs wear off and she starts feeling readjusted to home.

Good luck, and enjoy her!

L-girl said...

Our very assertive, alpha-type dogs have never minded the cone collar at all. Tala - and long ago, Gypsy - would act like absolutely nothing was wrong and charge around slamming into everything. My legs would end up all bruised and battered because they'd push the damn thing into me trying to greet me. That was the worst part!

But the one time Cody had to wear a cone collar she HATED it - typical bottom dog. This time she can't wear it because she can't have anything around her neck, and she can't really get to the incision at all anyway.

Tala is very curious about the incision and all the new smells on Cody, but hopefully that will pass soon.

L-girl said...

Something I forgot to answer...

Tala is crated when we're not home. It was originally for boredom-related destruction, now it's more for Cody's comfort.

MSEH said...

So glad to see this update!