Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Pitiful Hunter

First, let me say that Hunter's surgery and recovery went fine, and from a medical perspective, he is doing well. He came through his procedure OK.

MM picked Hunter up from the vet a little after 10:00 a.m. yesterday. He told me he looked pitiful, but I didn't really grasp how pitiful until I saw him for myself after 5:00 p.m.

When I arrived home yesterday, I saw that in addition to being obviously subdued and groggy and just not himself, he has a pressure dressing on his right ear that makes it stick straight out from his head. This pressure dressing is held in place by a bandage wrapped around his head. And topping all that off is a horrible "e collar." Well, to be fair, it's not horrible: it's clear, so he can still see things to the sides. But he keeps bumping it into things, and it makes eating and drinking tricky. (I took some photos of him to show just how pitiful he looked but have not gotten around to uploading them.)

Hunter spent most of yesterday evening sleeping. He seemed more himself this morning, though he still is obviously bothered by the e collar and the bandages. He is taking two different pain medications and an antibiotic for the next two weeks.

Hunter goes back to the vet on 5/27 for bandage removal and has to wear the e collar at all times when unattended until then. He also can't go outside without supervision, so the doggy door is blocked for both boys (and Sebastian is NOT happy about it).

Poor thing. I'm glad he came out of the surgery OK, though.


Valerie said...

How's Hunty today? Still droopy? :(

TUWABVB said...

You should fix him up with an American flag and then get Sebastian to hold a drum or a fife and take a picture for Memorial Day! (Yes, I have an evil sense of humor but you know I love dogs!).