Well, here’s the news so far:
The morning of the vet drop off for Echo went as well as could be. As always Echo makes me feel so guilty for leaving him. I have to hand him over and walk right out. It is aweful. Echo isn’t one for singing but he gives it a go at the vets! Makes me feel ill.
Anyway, while I was at work, the vet called to say: since Echo gets so stressed at the vets they want to limit any return visits for him. Instead of just opening the lump and draining it they were going to cut it all right out. I gave the go ahead as I can’t explain to you the stress Echo feels at the vet. So I kept at my work, just waiting the whole time to get him back. Not sure how productive I was. Well at lunch time I got the call to say he’s just out of theatre and already sitting up! I can’t say I was surprised. Echo is a different kind of dog altogether. Unfortunately, when they opened up Echo it wasn’t all just full of icky pus and infection but instead they discovered a fatty lump that lifted out in one go. They still think it was a reaction to some kind of infection so he has strong antibiotics and he seems to be fine.
Hope you’re not squeemish:
So as you can see, it’s quite a hole in his shoulder! Unforutnately, this means that Echo is now on cage rest. He is so miserable!
As you all know, Echo is so full of energy all of the time. He has already gotten over his initial sulk. He isn’t allowed off lead or for very long walks, and he’s not allowed to jump about etc. Which is much easier said than done! HE is running about all the time. Pacing constantly and generally winding up Zeph. We’ve had to separate them a few times now. Because Echo won’t settle, Zephy is stressed out as well.
On the plus side! Echo has been wearing a cute little t-shirt. It’s in place of his buster collar to stop him licking his sore bit. Zephy has been very worried about his big brother though. Look at that wee smiley face getting kisses. Adorable.
We paid a visit to the vet today to get a check up. Since Echo has been so manic, and bored and generally on the verge of hurting himself, the vet reluctantly prescribed some Diazepam for the little guy. It’s in the hope that if we can keep him calmer he will give himself a chance to heal properly. Well, we gave him the high dose…and we now have a hyperactive dog who has the munchies.
To try and help calm Echo we’ve been doing training in the house (its raining outside) to try and make him use his brain. It works for short periods of time.
Annoyingly, tonight, I noticed blood running down his shoulder and he seems to have managed to split the skin where he was cut. I called the on call vet and she gave me some advice. I’ve stopped the bleeding, it looks like its just some of the fluid build up that’s sitting behind the scar. So we aren’t too worried. Another trip to the vet tomorrow! Never out of the place.
I am in the middle of sorting out getting a slightly bigger cage for Echo. He is currently in a 36″ cage which is usually a fine size for the short times he is in there but with him now wearing a collar (had to put it back on to wash the tshirt), the cage is far too small. He can’t move in it and it’s not healthy for him. So he is now going to be spending the night in Zephys massive 48″ cage and Zephy is going to have to be a big boy and have the run of the house. It’s a stressful night all round!
(Echo can’t have free run of the house as he destroys everything!).
Poor Zephy has had all my attention on walks…