First off I wanted to say thanks to everyone that had such kind words for me prior to my little dog's patellar surgery. Ben has had his surgery and is now home and doing well. There was some very good news about his cruciate ligament; it wasn't torn, it was mostly just stretched with a little frayed looking place on it. His cast is to come off next week. I'm a little worried about how the leg is going to look- I don't do well with wounds!
I hope he has a good recovery and grows his fur back quickly. Sigh- he was looking SO PRETTY and now he has a shaved leg.
He will be back running around in no time. It sounds like the surgery went well. I would not stress over the hair. Its just cosmetic, and will grow back in no time. Give that baby a few extra hugs and smooches, i bet he is just as glad to be home, as you are to have him back.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
don't worry about the hair, it will grow back in time.
our cat got himself into some candle wax (i use those candle burners and don't light them, the ones that melt the whole candle wax) on his back thigh, and it grew back in about 2 months after we had to shave him to get the wax out of his fur. silly cat. since then i have not used one of those burners or any candles in my home :0)
but good news on the surgury that it was not actually a luxating patella.
Oh it WAS a luxating patella too unfortunately. The patella made his whole knee unstable which lead to the crux. ligament getting stretched. THEN when the crux. ligament had stretched, he couldn't pop his kneecap back in like he used to, so he had to have the surgery quickly. Eventually the other side may have to be done as well because it also luxates easily, I don't know when it might be done though; I am going to visit with the vet a bit about it when he gets his cast off.
I know the hair is only cosmetic, but if you could have seen him "before" you would know why I am so sad to see the fur go! He is still pretty to me, no matter.
I have him all set up with a crate large enough for a small elephant so that he has a little room but isn't making attempts to jump on the furniture, and the puppy cannot try to play with him. Last night we watched "Nature" on PBS and I helped him onto the couch to lay beside me. At one point I let the puppy up too, and he said, "Grrrr" in a very small, weak voice. I made sure she didn't bother him, but wanted to let her smell him briefly.
Do you suppose they ever wake up from surgery and wonder, "Gee, how in the world did I sleep through THAT???" Poor boy has to think something, he got neutered as well...
either way he sounds like he is recovering in luxary!
i wonder all the time what mine are thinking. my two boys are running around right now with ecollars on from neuter. poor things must have woke up, looked back there and thought "WHOA DOGGIE what happened to my nuts!?"
No worries WiemNGolden, I wasn't very clear in my first post. Speedy recovery to your boys as well. I imagine it is somewhat comical at your house with the two boys in E-collars running around.
I had my hubby help me check his suture this morning and hubby is sure glad that his bits don't look like that. The look on his face said plenty. Hubby is a nurse which is nice because I know he would know what to look for if something looked wrong; I wasn't just trying to torture him.
oh trust me it is comical! tri will run into something and not be able to figure out how to get unstuck. he just stands there and waits for us to get him unstuck.
shadow has got it figured out to just ram the heck out of anything he gets caught in and it will move out of his way. watch the backs of the legs with that one behind you. :o)
Poor shadow has to get back in tomorrow because he is not letting himself heal. he has figured out how to lick around the ecollar and has really made a mess of things. the vet is going to remove the stitches that are in and put new ones in and put him on some antibiotics.....poor guy.