Patch update

It’s just over 48 hours since Patch’s operation and I’m pleased to report she’s doing well. Yesterday was quite difficult as she was in a bit of distress and I had to get up very early to comfort her and take her into the garden. Poor little thing was all confused about how to have a wee. She ended up wetting her bed, which was a bit distressing, but eventually she remember what to do. We had to take her back to the vet for a pain relief injection. We were concerned that she wasn’t drinking but managed to get her to drink in the afternoon.

Overnight she wasn’t very happy and I had to get up at 3.30 this morning to give her a biscuit. She was squeaking at 5.30, so I was up to take her out to the garden for a wee. I made a cup of tea and went back to bed, but she was still fussing. I went back downstairs and she wasn’t happy so I spread a blanket in the lounge and attached her to her lead secured on one of the sofa legs. I took her outside for a second and then a third time. Third time she had a poop, the first one since the op and that settled her, but I sat with her to keep her calm.

Later in the morning we returned to the vet so she could have her bandage removed. She was hugely stressed, but it was rubbing her and making her sore. The incision is huge but seems to healing well. She can now move more freely, but we have to be very careful not to let her do anything energetic. Late lunchtime, she got fussy. We were in and out to the garden several times, but I think her leg was hurting her. She couldn’t get comfortable. At 2.00 p.m. we could give her some pain relief and now she seems better. She doesn’t like the flower pot thing to stop her licking her wounds so we’ve taken it off for periods when she’s supervised. As far as we can tell, she’s doing well.

I’m pretty shattered with lack of sleep and stress, but hopefully she’ll start to be a bit more settled. We see the vet again on Wednesday. The next challenge will be to stop her doing much. It takes six weeks for the bone to heal and another six weeks for a full recovery.

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2 thoughts on “Patch update”

  1. Oh! bless her! lovely to see a picture. She is ‘my Patch’ but without his black patch over his right eye. A very stressful time for her and you, of course,it’s horrible seeing them in pain. Remember when our Patch had some problems with his back. He had to be carried everywhere. Even now we need to watch he doesn’t get too bouncy lest it’ll re-occurr.
    Anyway all the best for her continued recovery, look forward to your updates.
    Sue

    1. Thanks, she’s doing very well. The incisions are healing quickly. Until about an hour ago she had made no attempt to lick them, but now we need to keep an eye on her.

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