Post op: Pugsley navigates life with an e-collar
It's a Dog's World
Monday, January 28, 2013 7:23 AM
The surgery is complete. If you read last week's column, Pugsley was set to have skin growths removed that were a little suspicious in nature.
Pugsley tries to navigate the ins and outs of post-surgery life with an e-collar. Here she is trying to drink some water and Maizy is ready to lend a helping hand if needed.
She came out of it all right; well, besides now looking like Franken-puppy. That is what I have been calling her because she has four areas where the removals took place that are sutured with multiple black stitches, thus giving her the appearance of Frankenstein.
I didn't realize that removing some of the smaller growths would take up so much skin real estate. Just looking at her stitches makes me feel bad that I put her through it, but I keep telling myself that it was what's best for her in the long run. We have yet to hear the pathology results on the growths but are hoping for the best.
Don't worry too much about Pugsley. We are babying her and giving her the very best of care. She is getting used to navigating her surroundings at home with an e-collar on. She must wear this cone around her neck and head so she doesn't lick the stitches on her leg. Pugsley is a licker, so sadly, the collar must be on her most of the time.
The first time I saw her with it on in the vet's office, I kind of chuckled. I know that wasn't very nice of me.
The ride home wasn't too pleasant because she couldn't understand why she had this monstrosity on her head and why she couldn't jump through the two back seats to the passenger seat like she usually does. Luckily, we both got home safely!
Once at home I had to help her navigate the water bowl and her food dish with the collar on her head. It took her a little bit, but she finally got it. I could have taken it off of her and made it easy for her, but I figured if she wanted a drink of water during the day while we are gone she would have to figure it out eventually or go thirsty.
She also managed to knock a few things off of our coffee table and end tables with her newfound head circumference. I found myself walking in her wake to pick up the scattered items.
When Maizy saw the "long lost Pugsley" walk in after a day-and-a-half absence with that cone on her head, she looked a little startled. At first, I think it frightened her. Whether it was the mere sight of it or the prospect that someday she may be subjected to the same fate, I don't know. I would suggest the latter.
But, knowing her, she was likely upset that Pugsley made a return appearance. She likes to rule the roost and likely hoped that she was now an "only-dog."
As we embrace the recuperation period for Pugsley we look forward to the day when she can get her stitches out and thus the e-collar will be a thing of the past. She can resume her life as normal.
I am also looking forward to the day my "knick knacks" will once again be safe.