|Happier days together|
We picked him up at about 7.30 last night. Poor baby is so swollen. His head looks like a bull terrier, which is fine, if you are a bull terrier. For a labby, however, not so nice! The vet said we can try to ice it. Yeah, that's not going so well!
He was pretty doped up last night so pretty much resembled a drunk puppy! But we had a very quiet night. He seeped blood and saliva, which is normal, but no crying or panting. I woke up at 4.45 and checked on him. I was able to give him pain meds then so he fell right back to sleep. He has been up this morning now and headed straight outside to bask in the sunshine! It's really hot though so we brought him in. He did show a great interest in eating so gobbled up two jars of baby food along with some boiled chicken and rice.
Today will be a little rough. We plan on having a quiet day at home, just keeping an eye on him, giving him pain meds every 6 hours, and just trying to keep him as comfortable as possible.
We remain hopeful that this will improve his quality of life 100%. The biopsy revealed that all of these issues were brought on by the steroid use. It's such a shame that the eye issue emerged in England as it led to the skin issues and the mouth issues. Fortunately, the eye is so much better and you can hardly even see the bump anymore. We are hopeful that as he heals, he will get that crazy spring back in his step and that we'll have many more years together.
It's never easy to see your pet in pain and struggling. It's not easy watching them recover from a procedure. But we are definitely not ready to bid this one to doggy heaven. We love this crazy pup and are happy that he'll be with us for a bit longer.
So overwhelmed with joy with our fantastic vet, Dr. Judith Yee, and her clinic. What a Godsend in every possible way.