Saturday, July 26, 2014

Pike Update

     Pike came through his unilateral cryptorchid neuter and dewclaw removal just fine, and came home yesterday evening.
He has an incision in his abdomen as well as his scrotum, and his poor right front leg is shaved with a scary looking incision. The dewclaw removal was more intensive than the vet expected, and it wound up being an orthopedic surgery to get the bone and regrowth that had happened, rather than just removing a little bit of nail bed. The claw had grown back wrong and would've caused serious issues if left alone. He had to get an antibiotic shot as a precaution, due to the nature of the surgery.
All three sites look clean and good though. Very neat stitches and small incisions, save for his wrist. Next to no drainage, minimal redness, no swelling. Very, very pleased with this vet. They were absolutely wonderful.

    He's in the cone of shame, and while he was pretty doped up when he came home he is much more alert now (11pm on Friday, as I write the next day's post the previous evening). He wants to eat, and still wants to be close to me, so that's good. He's walking fine, albeit a little slow. He's been surprisingly accepting of the cone. He's slept a good amount, which is perfect, and it seems to be a nice, restful slumber.
He'll on pain meds for 6 days, and in the cone for about that long, if not longer. As soon as the cone is removed he goes to lick at his leg, so I foresee him being in it for a good while. We have a recheck with the vet in 10 days, assuming nothing goes wrong.



18 comments:

  1. We are happy to see that Mom posted early this morning about Pike. We were thinking about him all day and night and had our paws crossed for the little guy. Phew....what good news! We hope that he continues on this good path of healing. Poor little man. We know you'll be giving him some extra love and attention.

    Hang in there Pike, you'll be back to running and playing real soon.

    Hugs,
    Lily Belle & Muffin

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  2. So glad he is doing well! I hope he heals up very, very quickly!

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    Mason

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  3. The poor little guy. I hope he heals quickly!

    Monty and Harlow

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  4. Poor little guy. I hope he heals super fast. You will take great care of him though, and that will help.

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  5. Glad to hear the surgeries went well. We will keep our paws crossed for a quick recovery.

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  6. Glad to hear the surgeries went well. The thing with the dewclaw is one of many reasons I don't think dewclaws should be removed. They come back relatively often, sometimes in ways like this, where surgery is required. And of course there is also potential later in life for injury from lack of a dew claw, as well as the simple fact that without it, they can't use it, obviously. Unfortunately, most breeders remove dews and do it so early on that it is impossible to ask them to leave them on your puppy.

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  7. So glad to see that the surgeries went well. Paws crossed for a speedy recovery!

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  8. Glad everything went well. Sweet boy!

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  9. Yea! So glads to hear this Pike! And hey, you make that cone-o-shame look good!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  10. We'll say it again. Poor baby. Fine one day.....in the cone the next. We're sure he doesn't understand. You were lucky to get that dewclaw early! We know he'll get lots of TLC and be out racing around in no time.

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  11. Good to hear that all went well, now all paws crossed for good and speedy healing and some feel better days for Pike.

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

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  12. Howdy Nola and Pike. Glad to hear everything went well with Pike's surgery. Take care little mate and soon the cone will be off. Nola, looks like you'll be snoopervising your little brother for the next few days. Take care mates.
    No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

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  13. I'm so happy that Pike made it through the surgery fine. It's great that he doesn't fight his cone. Bentley only kept his own for about five minutes before it was torn to shreds. Give him a kiss from us! ♥

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  14. So glad to hear the baby is doing fine. Being a baby I bet you will.heal just fine. Sending hugs your way
    Snorts
    Lily & Edward

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  15. Glad he made it thought and hope he heals up soon!

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  16. We are very glad to hear that he came through the surgery and is now in recovery mode! Blessings on the way for a speedy recovery!!

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  17. We are glad that you are doing so well after surgery. Hopefully you rest up, wear your cone, and are back to all of your doggy antics soon! <3

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  18. So glad to hear Pike made it through surgery. Sending Golden Healing Thoughts and a speedy recovery. Golden Woofs

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