March 17, 2005

My dog A. had surgery on Tuesday.

After an entire weekend during which she ate, tiny piece by tiny piece, exactly a quarter of a strip of turkey bacon (no fat, the vet said) over the course of five or six excruciating feedings, I couldn’t take it any more. The vet suggested she have a sonogram but couldn’t do it for a week, so he sent me to another vet–a Fifth Avenue vet. The new chi-chi vet said he suspected there was a foreign object in her gut and he wanted to do exploratory surgery to remove it. I was initially thrilled at the thought he might open up my dog and remove a samovar or perhaps a yurt, but this was not what he meant.

In the event, the exploratory surgery did not reveal a foreign object but it did reveal a couple other things going on inside. The vet fixed one of them right away and took biopsies of the other one to see if it was a problem or not.

E.S. and I (and my brother and his girlfriend) visited A. last night. She looked very happy, mostly because she was FLYING from the pain medication they were giving her.

I’ll find out soon if I can take her home today or if she has to stay in the hospital for more treatment, in which case the credit card I took out to pay for the surgery won’t be enough, and I’ll have to take out another one.

Keep your fingers crossed, please.

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14 Responses to My dog A. had surgery

  1. T of Finland says:

    Sending strenght, luck and good vibes from snowy Finland.

    I know what the worry feels like when a friend is unwell.

    I hope everything goes well with A.

    Am about to get a dog myself again as am feeling a half is missing of me when deprived of the company of canine sibling.

    I’m one of those dog grown silly things who only communicate and play well with animals.

  2. Ivy says:

    It’s always devastating to see little creatures in pain like this. My best wishes to you and little A. for a speedy recovery!

  3. todd says:

    Good luck. I know if my cat, M.E.O.W. (Myron Elliot Oliver Weiner), were in pain, I’d be, too. Applying the same principle, if he were on painkillers, I’d *certainly* want to “be there” for him in the same way.

  4. Brian says:

    Feel better, A.! You too, Dr. Faustus.

  5. MzOuiser says:

    Wow, sweetie. much love and strength to you and A, and E.S.

  6. David says:

    We send international love and good vibes. We are joined in our efforts by Nessie F. Uvula.

  7. Ayse says:

    I hope A. is better very soon and can just come home and stuff her face with turkey bacon. It sucks when doggies are sick because they give you that big-eye look and you just want to DIE. Then you get the vet bill and holy crap.

    But you have to admit that dogs on painkillers are hysterical. When our dear R. had her parts removed, the painkillers made her absolutely SILLY. She had no idea what was going on but it all had to be FUN FUN FUN. We had to lock her in her crate to keep her from popping a stitch.

  8. Simon says:

    Weee, flying puppies! Fingers are crossed with a rubber band to keep them in place for the duration, sir.

  9. Not an M.D. says:

    Best wishes for A. And for you.

  10. christopher says:

    *crosses everything*

  11. shahjay says:

    Hope she gets better soon, and you are a very good mom.

  12. Jay says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your dog! I have 2 cats that I adore and I would be so upset if they were very sick.

    I hope your dog will be better soon.

  13. Lauren says:

    Aie. Best wishes.

  14. Bax says:

    I wish your pooch a speedy recovery. I know how worried you are.
    Great posts by the way. I enjoy your blog very much. A new fan


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