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After surgery Day 2 (and a little about last night!)

March 7th, 2014

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Scale 1-10
Nikos stress level:  3
Pain level: 2
Movement: HAS FIGURED OUT HOW TO WALK!!!! It’s the standing part that she is having problems with for now!
Mood: Calm most of the time does have a little stress every once in a while when trying to stand
Touching: Let’s me pet her entire body and even lets me pet close to her wound ( I was looking away when that happened)
Eating/drinking: Has shown a little interest in food (hasn’t eaten yet) but none in water
Bathroom: Peed this morning, hasn’t really gone since

Niko is doing much better today than she was yesterday. I thought about going back and editing my last post to sound less scared but decided to let it be. Now for anyone reading this as a source of what to expect let me just say theirs nothing that can really prepare you for that first hour or two when you bring your pet back home from this surgery. It’s scary to watch them walk around while on that pain medication and (in my case) meow in confusion and soreness but I promise they do calm down and as those heavy drugs wear off they do calm down and become more of their normal self. It IS very stressful for yourself but I will give you the same wonderful advice given to me, KEEP CALM. Just remember the sickness has been removed and now all that’s left is to heal! They’re going to be OK.
For Niko I discovered their wasn’t really a ‘hide’ place besides her kennel (and she sure as heck wasn’t about to go back in there). To fix this I got a large box, cut off the opening flaps, put a blanket that had our families scent on it, and then put a heating pad on low under the blanket. This worked WONDERFULLY once she discovered it and she in fact slept quite well in it all night. The heating pad I used was a regular one but that doesn’t mean I’m saying go out and buy one at Walmart or for sure that you can use your own. Only use a regular heating pad if you KNOW that the lowest setting is a SAFE heat source. If you don’t have one or you feel like it’s to hot even with the blanket as a buffer, I recommend getting one at a pet store that’s made for pets!

SO Niko on Day 2 has been wonderful! The only problem she’s had today is with her cone and the fact that she discovered she has to stay in my room for now. I might try the onsie on tomorrow, I would like her wound to be untouched by anything for a few more days though. She has slept all day ON THE BED! That was a great surprise! She couldn’t jump up onto the bed so I did help her up but that’s because I didn’t want her to stress her wound to much right now.  The stitches still look healthy and wonderfully done! No swelling! They did lazier surgery and then a special lazier at the end on the wound and around it to make sure their wasn’t to much swelling and such. All in all it cost about 680 with my student discount. Without the discount it would have been around 880. I’ll try and post a copy of the bill at a later date. The only thing I wish I had have them do differently would be giving me a liquid pain killer since she hasn’t been interested in eating or drinking yet. Other than that she has been wonderful!

As always here is a picture of Niko in her (half) fuzzy cuteness!

Asleep on the bed :)

Asleep on the bed 🙂

 


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