She is home. Very tired - and I can tell she's in pain.
There are three large wounds - she looks like she was attacked by a dog or something. Big gashes. The vet took very large margins on the cancerous growth on her back. The wound is about 2 inches long. The wound where the lipoma was removed, on her side, is about 2.5 inches long. I haven't looked at the one underneath. I don't want to make her lie over on her side and move her leg up if she is in pain. But that's the one with the drain. I know the wound is very big.
She is already on Deramaxx for her arthritis. The vet sent her home with Tramadol, too, for five days, and she is on an antibiotic for 10 days. I hope the Tramadol kicks in soon. She came home and went straight up onto my bed to sleep for about 90 minutes. But she DID get up and come looking for supper around 6:30pm. She ate everything - veeeeery slowly - and I got all the meds into her. She just turned around and went back into my room. She doesn't want to jump onto the bed (understandable) so I've been lifting her. And there is just something ... I can tell she is in pain. There is something in the way she is holding her head and a look in her eyes. I feel so awful for her. I wish I could take the pain away.
She's not going after the underside wound at all - yet. I think she doesn't want to move that way - it would hurt. But I'll put the donut collar on her tomorrow if she starts to get interested in it. I'll have to check the drain, too. It does drip - not nearly as much as the vet suggested it would. There are droplets when she stands up, but nothing on my bed at all (she is lying on towels). I find that surprising. I expected a big wet spot.
I am SO glad I have the next three days off. Right now, I could not even think of leaving her alone. The drain comes out Monday. The stitches are in for 14 days.
You wonderful people who have had months-long recoveries with your dogs, I just bow down. It is so hard seeing them in pain, isn't it? Breaks my heart.