Kirby had surgery yesterday

Kirby is resting sincew he's home

Kirby is resting sincew he's home

Kirby is an older dog. He needed a few cysts removed and a dental and I was very anxious about his having anesthesia.

My greatest fear was he would not be able to tolerate sedation and not wake up.

 

My vet tried to remove one cyst under local but poor Kirby could not tolerate it. My vet called and said “It’s not going well. We really need to sedate the little guy.” So it was jointly decided to sedate him and do everything at once.
He will heal fast now that he's home

He will heal fast now that he's home

Kirby did fine and is home now.

He has two very large shaved areas on his body with black stitches that have to be removed in ten days and is on pain medication.

But he ate some food when we got home and drank a little water. A very good sign.

Both wounds need to stay clean

Both wounds need to stay clean

Kirby will be on furlough from therapy work until the stitches are out but he will be able to work before his hair grows back in about three months. He will be a good example to the clients that you go on and continue your life even while healing. I am going to get him a little sweater today to protect his back until he is all grown in and healed.

He still wants to be held and cuddled
He still wants to be held and cuddled

Without trust for my vet’s opinion and knowledge, I could not have been comfortable having him sedated for the procedures. He had the two cysts removed and his teeth cleaned. The cysts will be biopsied but I am not overly concerned that they will be trouble.

When choosing a vet consider how well you can communicate, how well the vet respects and understands your concerns and whether he/she has empathy for you and your pet. They see hundreds if not thousands of animals but your animal is your beloved and you want a vet who can understand how important your pet is to you while at the same time be professional and distant enough to make tough decisions.

We all agree that Kirby may be a little old man but he is also one tough little dog!