We’re home, and Elvis came through today’s procedures beautifully. His heart rate was good, strong and steady throughout, and his wake up was pretty uneventful. He’s still in recovery, but he’s home and in here with me in his crate. He’s got antibiotics and pain pills…better living through chemistry.
The hernia is repaired. Dr. Cooper said there wasn’t much muscle mass back there to work with, and that means the hernia could pop through again, but neutering him means that chance went way down. Everything I’d read had pointed to that, so I feel pretty good about it.
While he was under, his nails got clipped, another tooth was pulled (he apparently had a pretty severe abscess that went unnoticed what with all the other problems that have been happening the last few weeks). I also asked them to swab out his ears…the internist said she thought that might be a record number of Q-tips for a dog with his size ears.
Anyway, we go back in 10 days to get the stitches out. He’ll be on ID dog food for a few days while things go through the initial healing.
And for your viewing pleasure, here’s Elvis last night doing his Dinner Dance.