Eye Surgery on a Dog
Odin recovered remarkably fast considering they gave him enough drugs to put all of The Rolling Stones to sleep.
Even the vet remarked that the dog had incredible stamina. They gave him a full dose of the drug that was supposed to make him drowsy enough to intubate him. After 45 minutes he was still plenty bitey, so he gave him a much stronger dose of something else.
Finally, he went down.
They called us two hours later to be on hand when they were ready to give him the reversal drug.
When I first saw him, my heart broke. He looked like he was on the wrong end of a fight. His eyes were angry and swollen, and once he was revived he was moaning in pain.
I got a pharmacy load of pills and drops. Odin is not a cooperative dog most of the time, but if mom gives him pills he knows to swallow. I have no fear putting my hands in his mouth. I've taught him since puppyhood that he should always let me handle him regardless of what I did.
The cone (of shame) was the biggest obstacle in his recovery. Usually I would've opted for the soft inflatable collar--which I highly recommend, but he couldn't use that for eye surgery. It would be too easy for him to scratch his eyes.
For the first few days I had to hand feed him and give him water. The small water bowl I offered him freaked him out so he drank very little. It forced me to fill up a large syringe and feed him water by the ML. I didn't want to risk him getting dehydrated.
By the fourth day he learned to manage his cone for eating and drinking.
That was also the last time I had to get up at 2am to tend to him. As I mentioned on Facebook, once I'm up, I'm up. There's no use going back to bed.
The eye specialist did a remarkable job. It was basically a realignment of his eyelids so his lashes didn't scratch his eyes. There was considerable cutting. It was a half-moon cut on the outside of each eye and then suturing it so his eyes opened up more.
He's definitely more comfortable. I haven't seen any tearing or ulcers.
We get to remove the cone this week. He needs to go for a post-op visit, but that vet was 2 hours away on a weekday. I might get my vet to look at him (from a distance). He still hates vets.
An interesting side note: While we were waiting for Odin to wake up enough from the anesthetic so the surgical vet tech could extubate him, we apologized (again) for Odin's bad behavior.
She said she's seen a lot of it this year. She too, thinks it has to do with our imposed isolation. Many dogs were never properly socialized during that critical puppy stage.
She's seeing it a lot in dogs Odin's age.
I'm glad it's not just us, but it's doubly hard because he's so big and powerful.
I'm hoping this will be the end of his eye troubles. It bothered him terribly and it was always giving him infections.
It might sound superstitious, but I hate doing surgeries so close to the holidays. We've lost many a dog around this time of year. I always try to be extra vigilant when the holidays roll around.
Despite the extra steps we had to take, I'm hoping this will be the start of a better year for us.
To my US friends: How was your Thanksgiving? What plans do you have for Christmas?
Christmas Favorites: These are all items I can vouch for because I've either received or bought them myself.