Bess went in this past Monday to have her “lady” surgery. Surgery went well and she did just fine. When I called the next afternoon to see what time I could pick her up they said she was doing a lot of vomiting, more than usual. The vet tech said that while she could technically come home since the medicine for nausea seemed to be helping, it would really be better for her to stay so she could be monitored for one more night. So that’s what we did. I called the next morning and was told that she had eaten both supper and breakfast and that it had stayed down so we could bring our kinda of bouncy pup home.
Greg, who was at work, met us at home to take Bess in the house. Our girl weighs 65 lbs and although she is learning to listen while on leash it still can be a challenge to get her attention when she is faced with an exciting world outside and wants to go in another direction than the one she needs to go in. For her safety she needed someone with a bit, ok a lot more muscle than I have.
Once she was settled we let Bonnie and Belle in to welcome her home.
Belle was a little disgruntled until she realized that under all the hospital smells was her little pesky sister. Of course after the sniff fest was over all three pups decided that some rough housing was in order. Since that’s #1 on Bess’s “do not do” list I put Bonnie and Belle out in the pup pen for awhile. Bess in the meantime followed me around when I was up doing things she was antsy when I was sitting and quiet she would lay down and watch me.
Knowing that she needed sleep I took a cup of coffee and a book and curled up quietly in the living room. She first took a nap across the room then came over and curled up next to me, her toys never too far away from her.
Greg came home a little while later and our evening of guessing what Bess needed, and reassuring Bonnie and Belle began.
After she at her supper Bess’s tummy was upset again although she only threw up once much later the evening. She was anxious, and antsy with Greg and I taking turns taking her out to potty. Bess finally crashed into a much needed sleep on the kitchen floor. After she woke up it was time for another trip outside then I put her in her crate with some toys for the night. I slept on the couch to be close by in case she needed anything but she slept through the night.
We’ve already been out this morning and She and I have had a discussion on why she still has to stay very quiet today. She clearly doesn’t agree with me.
Bess is to stay very quiet for the next two days. Then for four more days she can have some more activity but is to continue to be crated when we aren’t with her and no rough housing at all. The second week of her two week stint of recovery she can have more activity and can go back to normal activity once her stitches are out.
If she continues to leave her incision alone she won’t have to wear the “cone of royalty” we have just in case. I don’t like the name cone of shame and since it’s also known as an Elizabethan collar in our home it’s been renamed the cone of royalty. Thank you to my sister in law Barb and niece Abby for the research behind that name change. 🙂
We appreciate the thoughts, encouragement and prayers for Bess especially earlier in the week when she wasn’t able to come home as planned. We would appreciated your prayers and thoughts as our bouncy girl continues to recover.
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