Our vet removed them earlier today, and I bet Meadow is thrilled not to have those itchy things sticking out of her skin anymore – and who can blame her?
Surgeries and stitches are no fun.
The good news is, since this was her third surgery, we all knew what to expect and things went pretty smooth with Meadow’s recuperation. She did not eat well the first night, but some ground venison changed that pretty fast. And although it was bad timing because it interfered with Toby’s exercise restriction being lifted, it was also a good time for me to take off from work. Every year I tell you all about my “busy season” which starts sometime in May and goes straight through the Fourth of July. After that, it slows up “somewhat” until right before Labor Day, when we have another burst of activity, and then once October hits things start to die down until the following spring…
This is because I do accounts receivable, payable, and general book-keeping for a company that repairs and installs gas pool heaters – a pretty popular luxury here on Long Island.
But this summer, thanks to this year’s stifling heat wave, business dropped dead on like July 5th and I was able go back to working part-time much earlier than usual. I mean, who the heck wants a heated pool when it’s a hundred degrees out? Thanks to this early drop off, I had more time to supervise Meadow, rather than just sticking her in a crate with a cone on her head. Also, since I work for a family-run business, I was able to adjust my schedule so that I worked in between the hours Nick works – which was really helpful, since his schedule varies depending on the day of the week.
So, thanks to my family and a little help from mother nature, I was able to be here for Meadow after her surgery, and she rarely had to wear her Comfy Cone – other than bedtime, during the occasional thunder storm, and while we ran a few short errands here and there.
When we did put it on her, she didn’t seem to mind too much. It has become just another part of her surgery routine:
And when she wasn’t wearing it, we supervised her pretty carefully, although we did have one mishap…
You know that sinking feeling you get when you realize you messed up? That’s how Nick and I both felt when we were eating dinner and both of us looked up at the same time and said, “Where’s Meadow?”
In the short time that she had stole off into the bedroom, probably no more than five minutes out of sight, she had managed to remove two stitches. Luckily they were from one of the spots that was nearly healed and it did not even warrant a vet visit.
Other than that, the eleven days were pretty uneventful. Unfortunately for Meadow, since the site on her stomach is still healing a bit, our vet said she will need to remain on exercise restriction for just a few more days, but even that doesn’t seem to bother her much. She definitely wants to play now that she’s feeling better, but she’s not over-the-top excited like Toby was during his “bed-rest,” and I think we’ll have no problem reigning her in a little while longer.
She’ll also need to wear the cone for a couple more days, because last time we took it off her too soon, and she licked her suture sites raw. But I do expect things to be back to normal here by the end of the week, and hopefully, this will be Meadow’s last surgery for a very very long time…..