Every week they will tackle entertaining, interesting, and sometimes difficult topics in the world of animal medicine – all in the hopes that their unique insights and personal experiences will help you to understand your pets. All you need is serious commitment to what’s best for your pet. After his angular/rotational limb correcting surgery almost two weeks ago, he’s proven time and time again that he cannot be trusted..even when he’s in his crate.
Ever wonder what it takes to keep a pet safe after surgery? Too bad it’s so tough to impress upon owners the need to properly care for their post-surgical pet. And she's supposed to weigh about 40 pounds.) And what’s worse: Her fracture was newly unstable. In the crate, he paws at the door (with his bad limb, too! In the hospital he’s even worse, reacting to everyone that walks into the room.
And while he has not yet received any bandage sores, they’re doubtless on the way. The sum total of his “unreasonable” canine behavior, coupled with my fear of impending doom, is why yesterday’s event was especially stressful: After he’d soiled his splint (yet again), we bathed him thoroughly and placed him in a teeny-tiny cage to dry and let his toes “air out” before replacing the splint (remember, the splint should be unnecessary at this point).
But only one hour later he already sported an ugly swelling atop his limb. If I can’t even expect to leave him in a cat sized crate for an hour without any damage, it’s time for sedation. But there’s something about ruining an incredibly specialized bit of work that gets to me––not to mention the pain of it all.
X-rays revealed the likelihood of a simple seroma (a fluidy swelling, not the breakdown I had feared). Sorry, but this delicate repair is just too important to him.
We know that pets, and dogs in particular, can exhibit behavioral changes consistent with depression. Sure, sometimes it’s the owner pulling a stupid (like the bed trick), over which they feel terribly guilty. Consider the patient who must be hospitalized (or boarded) for post-op care that would normally take place at home. No animal needs sedatives just because owners can’t manage some simple instructions.
But does it compare to the clinical depression exhibited by people? The e-collar ends up in shreds and the bandages in ruins. (Because truly, most owners are not as irresponsible as Miss Brown’s interim caretakers.) Other times, it’s all about the pets’ behavior. Pets don’t deserve to be treated to a potentially dysphoric, debilitating round of drugs when so many other options exist. After all, I’ve never had a pet that required any more than simple crating.
Ever wonder which are the most popular puppy and kitten names? Proof enough is the fact that hospitalization alone (i.e., effective crating) generally does the trick.
Whether your pet is a boy or a girl, you'll find the perfect name on our list - a list of over 5,000 puppy and kitten names! The Daily Vet is a blog featuring veterinarians from all walks of life. (99.9% of the time, anyway.) Then along comes Slumdog..all my normal recommendations are thrown out the window.
Perhaps a “she-never-did-that-before” bounce off the bed means back to the OR for her TPLO.
But he’s so mobile and stupid while he’s wearing one, he requires frequent changes and equally frequent baths.