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Thank you, God!! So happy Tesia did well with the surgery!! YES!!

No experience with the drains, but I'm sure someone has some.
When can Tesia come home?

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Yay!! So happy for you both! No advice on the drainage but I'm glad she's doing well!
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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.

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I'm so glad she's home, I've been thinking about her today praying it went well. Yes, it is very hard to see our furbabies in pain. Give her a hug from us. I hope you're doing well too ♥
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Seeing them in pain is very, very hard. I hope the Tramadol makes her feel better quickly.
Tramadol makes me nauseated and made Copper a bit unbalanced so please keep an extra sharp eye in Tesia (although I know you are).

I had a drain in my neck years ago. It pulled a little where it was stitched into place, but was no big deal. I had a bulb on the end to catch the drainage and just had to clean that. I guess maybe a bulb wouldn't fit where Tee's line is.

I'm glad your lovely girl is home and hope and pray for a quick recovery. give her a big kiss for me.


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Seeing them in pain is very, very hard. I hope the Tramadol makes her feel better quickly.
Tramadol makes me nauseated and made Copper a bit unbalanced so please keep an extra sharp eye in Tesia (although I know you are).

I had a drain in my neck years ago. It pulled a little where it was stitched into place, but was no big deal. I had a bulb on the end to catch the drainage and just had to clean that. I guess maybe a bulb wouldn't fit where Tee's line is.

I'm glad your lovely girl is home and hope and pray for a quick recovery. give her a big kiss for me.
Thanks for the tip about the Tramadol. Right now, I just feel like it's not doing anything. She is clearly uncomfortable. She was in the living room with me, but got up to go into my room. I went with her to see if she wanted a lift up (she did) and then she had a hard time lying down comfortably. And she's doing this weird thing with her mouth. She's not panting but she is hold it slightly open (if that makes sense). Almost like she is holding her breath, the same way we do when we're in pain. I told her it will just get better and better and better.

I was expecting a bulb to catch the fluid but there isn't one. But I know she knows there is something there that is uncomfortable. She walks funny, lifting up her leg. I have only caught a glimpse of it - I don't want to poke and prod at her today.

She has only peed once today since before the surgery, which I am not too too worried about. I think it's a normal side effect of anesthesia. She did poop tonight after she ate!! I was very happy (I can truly only share that here). I hope she can sleep okay tonight. I'll probably be waking up constantly to check on her. Thankfully, she sleeps on my bed.

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Seeing them in pain is the hardest thing ever, even harder than loosing them. I am glad she is home with you. Sending lots of love, healing vibes, positive thoughts, hugs and prayers for pain to go away ASAP.


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Poor thing had a hard night. She was awake about every hour - standing up, clearly in pain, reluctant to lie down again. All I could do was stroke her ears and face and promise her she'd feel better soon. Each time, I think fatigue would finally take over and she'd lie down again. But she'd be up again a short time later. (Thankfully, she sleeps in my room, on my bed (which I just covered with towels) so I woke up everytime she did.

I figured I would follow her lead in the morning (keeping in mind she hadn't peed since 5pm) and though she was still waking every hour, at 8:30 when she stood up, I said, "would you like to get up?" and she put her ears up, and I said, "go for an out?" and she moved to get off the bed. And she suddenly seemed much brighter if nothing else. She actually trotted on the leash out to the back area of our townhouses, and she peed and pood normally and came in and ate (albeit, still very slowly, though I wonder if that's because I am grinding up the antibiotic tablet and stirring it into the kibble and water and it is changing the taste).

She is lying out here in the living room with me. She is indeed leaking (I imagine this is what having a female in heat is like) - so I know the drain is working as it is supposed to. I still haven't had a look. I just don't want to add to her discomfort. Her two wounds on her back and side are looking very good.

I was definitely heartened by her brighter disposition this morning - very pleasantly surprised after the hard night - so I hope it's just going to be better from here. I expect she will feel much better after the drain comes out from under her leg Monday.

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I know HOW HARD it is to watch them in pain. I think you should call the vet and relay what you think and how Tesia is acting and ask if there is anything else they can give her and ask if this is normal.

We had a Female Samoyed years ago who had an FHO operation (for hip dysplasia) and it took her 2 months to put weight on her leg and it just killed me, but in the long run Munchkin walked so much beter and was not in pain anymore.

Souns like Tesia is on the mend. Praying for her and you!

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I know HOW HARD it is to watch them in pain. I think you should call the vet and relay what you think and how Tesia is acting and ask if there is anything else they can give her and ask if this is normal.

We had a Female Samoyed years ago who had an FHO operation (for hip dysplasia) and it took her 2 months to put weight on her leg and it just killed me, but in the long run Munchkin walked so much beter and was not in pain anymore.

Souns like Tesia is on the mend. Praying for her and you!
Thank you - all payers and good wishes are so appreciated.

My vet said she would be calling me today to see how Tee has been since coming home yesterday, so I'm definitely going to relay everything to her. I'm not overly concerned - I just hate seeing the pain. She did have three different areas of her body cut into just 24 hours ago, and a big mass removed which left a big empty space under her leg. So I know she's in pain - I know the first 72 hours after my cycling accident last year, my entire body was vibrating in pain - so I know it's impossible to think she wouldn't be hurting. I wish I could explain to her why. I just hope she understands when I tell her it's going to get better.

I have an emergency vet not too far from me, too, if anything happens outside my vet's hours, and we are back in to my vet on Monday for a check and drain removal.

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