• I hate to count my chickens just yet but dare I say I think we are out of the woods…on our walk at about 3:30 today Oakley pooped!!! Unusually dark but a good, healthy poop..never thought of be so happy to see one! Still not going to work tomorrow because the pilling is still every two hours but he is acting more like himself, spending more time trying I get at his incision (indicative he is feeling better)..and other than yesterday morning and night he hasn't needed the tramadol. String cheese seems to be working for pilling, some of the larger pills I cover in honey mustard dressing then put in a piece of cheese to hide the smell. So happy to see him trying to get into mischief and being a punk. Finally feels like a good time to sit down and have a glass of wine!

  • …or two glasses


  • Three cheers for Oakley, wonderful news.

    Jolanda and Kaiser

  • @Chealsie508:

    …or two glasses


    I can help with that!

  • Ava has tempted me to dispense with the glasses and go with the bottle. On more than one occasion. I would expect no less from Oakley. 😉

    Oh, well, they say red wine helps you live longer, so perhaps that will counteract the negative impact of the stress.


  • Aww poor little man!
    Pooping is an excellent sign. 🙂 I'm a vet tech and from my experience you are considered "out of the woods" 6 days after a foreign body surgery. We did a surgery yesterday on a dog that ate a rope toy. @__@

  • Thanks crazysenji- the Vet hospital told me 3-5 days after a GI or stomach surgery is the safe zone…there's such a possibility that with these surgeries the incisions on the organs can reopen themselves....surgery was Friday night...so I'm close to the end of that window...still on edge but of course him having a bowel movement really made me happy...it wasnt a normal color, it was dark but of very good size and consistency....and he seemed to have no discomfort which I was nervous about. I can't wait for life to get back to normal...he's going to have his incision checked ten days post op--> I think that'll be my moment of relief...certainly his med schedule is tiresome...but that should get a little easier starting Thursday...when two of the meds will be off the list to give...he started pulling on his leash today (very normal for him)...and I'm finding myself having to yell at him for running from window to window to watch the happenings....

    Thanks everyone for the kind wishes and prayers..really helped to have the support from people who understand...times like these I remember it's hard to be single and not have someone there worrying with you!

  • @ownedbyspencer:

    Ava has tempted me to dispense with the glasses and go with the bottle. On more than one occasion. I would expect no less from Oakley. 😉

    Oh, well, they say red wine helps you live longer, so perhaps that will counteract the negative impact of the stress.


    Agile and Pamela: I'm a firm believer in a chilled bottle of red wine..or perhaps a great margarita considering the weather were havin here!! Also a believer in the benefits and stress relief they provide 😉

  • I just went through a similar situation with my Kobi Saturday. She didnt eat anything we know of but has a stomach issue which
    could have been caused by who knows what. Biopsies sent in. Sleepless weekend. And she too cracked the vets office up eating through
    her iv cords etc.

  • Hope he is doing well. Nemo ate part of a towel and luckily they were able to pull it out through the stomach similar to Oakley. That should make the recovery easier. Hang in there!

  • Thanks nemo….unfortunately I have to go into work for two hours tpmrorow. I'm super stressed bc I don't want to leave Oakley alone with his fresh incision...also he still needs round the clock care...not happy about going in so now I'm taking Wednesday off...Oakleys ER vet called to follow up and is super please he already had a stool, she wasn't expecting him to this soon. Unfortunately I have to work an overnight this Thursday (10p-7a) so both his vet and I thought it best for me to drive to the hospital she works at Thursday nights ( 45mins away 😞 ) so she can supervise him to ensure he's not getting at his incision, walking him because he can't be alone that long of a time at least until next week...it'll be a lot of driving, I'll be tired and it's another 45$ but it's the best thing for him...my vet carefully reminded me to reserve my happiness until the two week mark bc Oakley has a lot going on and while the outside incision needs 7 days to heal the inside part needs two weeks...and Oakley lives to lick and both incisions or scabs!...but since he's done well with the stools, she's having me cut down his metronidazole to nothing after tonight's midnight dose and tomorrow morning dose...and cutting his metacloperamide to two times tomorrow instead of three and so forth. Lastly, I'm going to be cutting his small food intake into larger quarter cup hamburger and rice four times a day instead of 4tbs every three hours.

    My biggest issue is getting through tomorrow morning stupid work meeting...I feel like it's the wrong thing to do to leave him alone...that and working 9-2 Thursday...trying to catch some sleep...leaving at 7 to drive to ocean state vet hospital then to work 10p-7a then back to the hospital then home....Oof, I really want this weekend to come!!

  • Can someone stay with him for the time you have to be away tomorrow? The neighbour you mentioned before?

  • If you can't get a dogsitter, can you take him to your vet for a few hours of cage rest while you're at your meeting? I know he doesn't like the vet, but he would be supervised. Or maybe sedate him– not ideal, but maybe a short-term solution? Or even take him with you to your meeting (sedated, if necessary)? Or perhaps you could Skype or VC into your meeting from home? Or use a puppy cam, if you have one. (If not, that might be a good solution for next time.) Or take him to work and have someone else watch him while you're in your meeting? I'm the Queen of Creative Solutions! I couldn't leave Spencer alone the last nine months of his life and I can't leave Ava alone now, so I know that it can make life very challenging.

    But I'm thrilled to hear he's doing so well!

  • Tell them your car wouldn't start, or that you are sick, and stay home. How much are you going to contribute to any meeting when your thoughts are elsewhere the whole time? You would be doing them a favour by not attending. 🙂

  • I am so glad he pooped and is being a brat… good signs of recovery. 🙂

  • I must have the only dog that gets excited twice a day when it's time for his meds! 🙂 I've come to believe he has no idea he's getting 3 pills wrapped in a piece of turkey….he hears the rattle of the pill bottle and comes running and sits there just waiting for his turkey! Everyone laughs because you can be anywhere and just shake a bottle of pills and he comes running for turkey!

    Chealsie you drive all the way into RI for the animal hospital and I drive all the way out of RI to MA/Tufts for Sonny's doctors! 🙂

  • Went to work, I realize the now how important it was to be at the meeting and how much I was needed but still…it was incredibly difficult to leave Oakley- he ended up ripping of his inflatable collar and was very upset with me leaving...his incision looks ok so even if he irritated it, he didn't do any harm...I took the rest of the week off other than the overnight which I can't help and 5 hours on Saturday but that's the "safe zone" period...glad im home, glad that's over with...I got the call too late and with such short notice I couldn't arrange for the sitter or the vet to boar him.

    Very lucky everything turned out ok. Thank my lucky stars 😉

  • Glad everything is going relatively smoothly and that Oakley pooped! He is lucky to have such a devoted mom!

  • I'm glad the punkster made out okay and is continuing to improve. He's a survivor, and he does have a devoted mom! Sounds like he might have nine lives like my Spencer did! 🙂

  • First Basenji's

    So happy that life is getting back to a 'normal' with Oakley. Oh the stress! 'They' say that a particular dog comes into our life for a reason…..He definitely found the mom that is dedicated to him!!!! Glad he is back to his punky self! After this weekend and a few glasses, you'll be back too!

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