It’s been two weeks since Sahara’s ear hematoma surgery and she’s on the mend! If you haven’t read about her ear hematoma then you can read about her surgery here and the beginning of her recovery here! Depending on how her visit to the vet goes later this week she might be getting the stitches from her ear hematoma surgery taken out next week.
Since the last update, she has been back to the vet for a checkup. The vet decided to leave the bandage off because her ear was getting really irritated and red so they wanted to let it air out and heal without the bandage.
Let me tell y’all, her ear smells so bad!! There was a slight odor when the bandage was on but they took it off, cleaned her ear a little bit, and sent her back out to me. I’ve been choking every time I get a whiff of her since then. I need to work on my breath holding skills for sticking my head in her cone! I was able to give her a bath by putting a shower cap around her ears and taping it under her chin. That didn’t help much because it’s her ear giving off the foul smell so unless I hang an air freshener from her cone I just have to deal with it, but the rest of her body was clean so that’s something.
Dog or Unicorn? You decide!
All of our friends joke that her bandage ear is like a sideways unicorn horn, they’ll all be sad to see her horn go. Right now I’m wishing she still had it to keep all the smells locked in!
Proud Mommy Moment
As you can tell from the above pictures, last week she was able to ditch the cone for a few outdoor activities but this week with the bandage off and nothing protecting her ear she has to keep it on. So we’ve been keeping activities to a minimum and catching up on our naps!
This whole cone thing is really frustrating for her because she keeps running into things. But I think that’s the part that makes her stronger. She is learning to overcome and adapt to be able to do things that she could do before but having trouble doing with the cone on.
This makes me really proud as a parent to know that if just some encouragement and a little help they can take on the world or you know get up in the bed by themselves, same difference! She’s learning that she can’t just run and jump and plow into things. She has to think ahead about how she’s going to turn around once she’s where she wants to be. To get in bed, she has to put her head up enough so that the cone doesn’t stop her and then put her front paws up, then launch herself up with the back legs. She’s getting up and down the stairs a lot better now too! For the first week, I had to hold her head up every step she took so she didn’t run straight into the stairs.
Sahara, tranqs, and behavioral issues
Every time we have to go back to the vet for them to check her ear, I have to give her a tranquilizer to calm her down. These days feel like a step in the wrong direction. She gets progressively better in between visits and then has to take the tranqs to go back to the vet and then it all goes downhill again. She has had a few accidents on the meds, where she’ll walk into a wall and then scare herself into peeing. Since the ear hematoma surgery, she’ll start barking, groaning, and growling because of noises she’s making up. She’s also been having a hard time doing simple commands.
This is the time where it could be so much easier to just let her get away with it because she’s sick, because she has a cone on, or because she’s on meds, but what would happen if all of that went away? She still wouldn’t listen because I haven’t been making her mind her manners. Lest we persevere. We do it anyway. Despite it being hard or taking longer, we still work at it. She still needs to be able to sit when asked, and not run out the door without permission, among other things. I think she might know that and is just trying to push my limits and see what she can get away with, but I don’t know for sure.
Overall she is doing well and this hasn’t brought her spirit hasn’t suffered.
She is still spunky and tries to play and roughhouse and I’m glad that she’s not still mopey all the time. The part I feel really bad about is that she wasn’t in pain before the surgery but she has been in some pain or at least discomfort since the surgery. I know I made the right choice but it’s hard to hear her squeal in pain because her ear hits something. It really isn’t something that could be been left because it could have popped at any given moment and I’ll be glad to know it can’t happen again, at least to this ear. We’ll keep you all updated!
P.S. We ended up going for a light walk around the park to get some energy out and she even tried out and loved the swing, scroll down for a chuckle!