Well, Gracie’s challenges with her recovery from the spay continue. She had to go back to the vet a second time Friday evening because pink fluid was leaking from her spay scar. Just a tiny whole the size of a pin prick, but they wanted to check her anyway.
Turns out she has just been too active and fluid has built up inside and is pressing on the spay scar. Keeping a seven month old puppy quiet is no easy task. Putting her in her playpen causes her to jump and bang on the structure and bark to be released, so not really a help in keeping her quiet and calm. We failed at the keeping her quiet part, so now she has the fluid build up, called a seroma.
The solution: sedation. Poor Gracie not only has her e-collar now, but she’s getting a sedative a couple times a day. Along with some antibiotics.
She didn’t respond well at first. Utter panic on her part about 20 minutes after the pill. Fast heartbeat. The poor little one had no idea what was going on. So I sat with her for a few hours and comforted her, and by bedtime she was calmer, walking fine, and doing well. She got the sedative this morning again, and she slept a good part of the day, which is the idea for a few days. By dinner time she was ready to chase cats and conquer the world again, so another sedative. I’m hoping one more day of staying calm and quiet will do the trick. Her spay scar looks much better already. Family coming for Christmas Day so I’m hoping she will be in good shape by then, though a sedative that day won’t hurt either!! She’s adapted to them pretty quickly, thankfully.
I have to say that I really enjoy learning these things. Medicine utterly fascinates me, and the body is amazing. Too bad I’m lousy at science. Maybe I’ll be better at it in the next life and be a vet then.