Scheduled to be neutered

LOL… glad to hear he is doing well.... on the same note about the Vets.... all the Basenji people that go to our clinic here have an agreement that they promise they will never be more then 20 minutes away in case that call comes to "COME GET YOUR BASENJI"...gggg

Houston

Kananga,

I am so glad to hear that he is doing so swell. Hopefully the next couple of days will fly by and not be hard on him or you. You are staying home for a few days right? I think I read that in another post..that is probably a great thing. I think the worst thing is him trying to jump up on furniture and of course trying to remove his own stitches/staples. Get your rest and keep us updated on how he is doing. Otis is sending his regards…

Happy your baby home safe and sound. Take care both of you.

Rita jean

Kananga…glad he's home and he is doing well.

LOL...We all have similar stories...I have to add my Ruby story. When Ruby had her spay, I dropped her off in the morning to have blood work (her spay was in the afternoon). The vet assured me she would need to be there until at least 4pm. I called them at 2pm to see how she did, they said she was out of surgery and was really groggy...just be there at 4pm...no need to come sooner or to call back. 20 minutes later, the vet calls...you need to get here NOW...she just ripped out her I.V. :D:D:D I got there within 20 minutes (normally a 40 minute drive).

yup…I have a similar story...except it was BEFORE the surgery. I dropped Querk off for his neuter, and about 2 minutes after I got home they called, and said 'uh, how long was his leather leash?...because he pulled it in, and chewed it up, and they were trying to make sure he didn't eat any pieces of it 😉

So glad to hear that he is doing well. Querk didn't bother his stitches AT all...so you may not have much of a recovery to worry about 🙂

@Basenjimamma:

Kananga,

I am so glad to hear that he is doing so swell. Hopefully the next couple of days will fly by and not be hard on him or you. You are staying home for a few days right? I think I read that in another post..that is probably a great thing. I think the worst thing is him trying to jump up on furniture and of course trying to remove his own stitches/staples. Get your rest and keep us updated on how he is doing. Otis is sending his regards…

Yes, I will be around here through Sunday. I made this weekend a long one (I sure do not mind it).

He has not attempted to lick/chew at his wound (if I recall, they did not use external stitches), although I have had trouble with him jumping up and off the couch. This is something that is hard to prevent without me holding onto him all day. It's not a huge jump for him, but i'm still trying to prevent the frequency. He's been sleeping mostly so he has not really jumped up onto the couch much. Just a few times. I'll remember to carry him to bed instead of letting him jump up (that certainly takes more effort for him).

Strange to see him sleep all day, and to hear him snore. He is completely out. 😃

I still find it funny how they didn't take my advice seriously. When I told them he was crate phobic, they were sure he'd be too tired to care. Nope, he "was awake right away, which we don't normally see". Don't underestimate the energy and resilience of a Basenji. 😃 😃

Yeah, they are just like little kids, if they don't want to sleep then they will fight it tooth and nail.

They like to keep them as long as possible so they get the IV fluids since the anesthetic makes them thirsty. Nicky just goes home looking like a camel with sub-Q fluids.

Our first basenji, Pete, was attacked at the beach by a German Shepherd and we took him to the only vet open on Saturday (back in the 70s) to get his neck stitched up. We were told they would keep him overnight, but late afternoon I got the call to come get him, they couldn't keep him in a crate and he was running all over the place! No screaming, just having a grand old time making them all chase him.

Glad to hear your boy is doing so well. Eddie was glued together and never licked or even noticed he had surgery. And as our sofa was low I didn't even try to keep him from jumping!

@MacPack:

Our first basenji, Pete, was attacked at the beach by a German Shepherd and we took him to the only vet open on Saturday (back in the 70s) to get his neck stitched up. We were told they would keep him overnight, but late afternoon I got the call to come get him, they couldn't keep him in a crate and he was running all over the place! No screaming, just having a grand old time making them all chase him.

Glad to hear your boy is doing so well. Eddie was glued together and never licked or even noticed he had surgery. And as our sofa was low I didn't even try to keep him from jumping!

My sofa is fairly low (besides the arm of the couch), I'm not terribly worried about it. My bed on the otherhand is much higher.

Is it normal for his tail to be uncurled most of the time today? I figured it was from the drugs making him relaxed, but I suppose it's worth asking you guys.

@Kananga:

My sofa is fairly low (besides the arm of the couch), I'm not terribly worried about it. My bed on the otherhand is much higher.

Is it normal for his tail to be uncurled most of the time today? I figured it was from the drugs making him relaxed, but I suppose it's worth asking you guys.

Yes, pretty normal for his tail to be uncurled… like when he is sleeping... he most likely doesn't have much control over it..... and could last through tomorrow... or until all the drugs are out of his system....

OK, that's what I figured. He's back to normal today anyways. I suppose I'll need to attempt to slow/stop any B-500s for the next handful of day. He certainly has his energy back. This will be fun. 😃

Yes, they bounce back really quick…. and that is why I try not to use pain meds... so that at least they will "slow" down a bit if they feel discomfort

Houston

Sounds like he is doing great..that is good to hear..

@tanza:

Yes, they bounce back really quick…. and that is why I try not to use pain meds... so that at least they will "slow" down a bit if they feel discomfort

I have to agree with you about the no pain meds. When Ruby was spayed, the vet BEGGED me not to give her pain meds or else there was a good possibility I'd be back in there the next day or by the weekend. There are lots of basenjis at the practice, but they said that Ruby had bounced back a lot quicker than any of the others so they were really concerned. Plus, since they also know Brando, they knew I'd have my hands full keeping her quiet. It was the hardest decision I ever made. By the next day, I knew why they wanted her to feel some pain so it would slow her down…and knew that was the right decision in this case.

I might add, I was glad she was crate trained because the day/night of her surgery and the first 3 nights after, I had her sleep in her crate so Brando would leave her alone so she could rest and heal and so that she wouldn't jump on or off the bed. During those 2 weeks, they both had lots of raw bones & bully sticks so they were more interested in chewing on those than rough housing with each other.

I suppose I should avoid the pain meds. I gave him one this morning, would it be a bad idea to just give him one in the evening before bedtime? That way he can at least sleep comfortably. I'll avoid giving him one in the mornings so he can take it easy.

@Kananga:

I suppose I should avoid the pain meds. I gave him one this morning, would it be a bad idea to just give him one in the evening before bedtime? That way he can at least sleep comfortably. I'll avoid giving him one in the mornings so he can take it easy.

Honestly, after the first night, they really don't need the meds… especially the way it sounds like he has bounced back. If in the evening he seems really uncomfortable then you might give one... but I bet that you see that he is doing just fine without

Fair enough. Thanks for the advice.

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