Doggie Surgery and Travel Preparations
Zoey is in the cone of shame, following ACL surgery on Friday. Zoey does not like the cone of shame, but it’s the only way to keep her from taking more of her staples out overnight.
It turns out ACL surgery is pretty pricey. We’re okay financially, but if anyone feels like this is a good time to pick up a book or two, I certainly won’t ‘t object.
The surgery went well. We’re looking at a long recovery process, though. A process made more challenging because Zoey really likes to run and chase squirrels and generally be a ball of barely-contained doggy-energy. (Which is part of what led to the problem in the first place — she not only sprinted after the squirrel, she hurled herself bodily against the fence trying to get to the little thing.)
I’ll be leaving tomorrow for Utopiales, in Nantes, France. This should be a lot of fun, but I’m currently in pre-travel stress mode, trying to make sure everything’s packed, all the info I need is printed out (and translated, where necessary), and double-checking I’ve got various panels, meetings, and meals entered in my schedule — and set to the proper time zone.
Blogging will be light to none until I get back next week, but I’ll try to post a few pics and updates on the other social media.
The timing for this trip is a little awkward, since tomorrow is also the release date for the paperback edition of Terminal Alliance. This means the ebook price has dropped to $7.99.
My copies showed up today, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to get a newsletter sent out tomorrow before I leave, with one subscriber winning a signed copy.
In the meantime, I’ll just leave these links here…
- PAPERBACK: Amazon | B&N | BAM | Mysterious Galaxy | Schuler Books | Indiebound
- HARDCOVER: Amazon | B&N | BAM | Mysterious Galaxy | Schuler Books | Indiebound
- EBOOK: Amazon | B&N | BAM | Kobo | iBooks
- AUDIO: Amazon | Audible | Graphic Audio
October 29, 2018 @ 4:21 pm
i don’t know if your vet broached it or not, but I’m assuming she’s going to have to largely be confined for at least a couple of weeks…I have a pair of extremely active dogs who don’t really enjoy confinement either (though, they’ve both had to be). We managed the issue with trazedone and chew toys. Trazedone, at a normal dose, doesn’t make them groggy, but it does let them be more tolerant of being crated…For the one who broke her humerus, She’d get a trazedone twice a day and we gave her a sterilized beef bone to chew on. One without filling, cause the filling sometimes makes her have to potty.
For the one who ate the rock and had to have stomach surgery, he got a trazedone once a day until he got his staples out (but no bones during that time) and then he got a sterlized beef bone to chew on for the next week that he was confined.
good luck! Enjoy France!
Steven Keith Tait
October 30, 2018 @ 10:42 am
“— and set to the proper time zone”. This coming week includes November 4th, which in the US is the change between Daylight Saving and Standard Time.
In continental France, which includes the capital Paris, the Daylight Saving Time (DST) period starts on the last Sunday of March and ends on the last Sunday of October so it should be Standard time while you are there.
October 30, 2018 @ 11:05 am
Emily the Moldavian Leaping Hound had ACL surgery about seven years ago, and I had to keep her on doggie downers for six weeks, about which I felt guilty for weeks (Trazedone, and later, Prozac: I still have an actual Walgreens container with instructions that say “Give Emily The Dog one pill twice a day…”). That, and chew toys, and a lot of cuddling got her through it, but it was no picnic for any of us. After the six weeks, when she could go for long walks, she kept expecting the walk to end at the dog park with an hour of ball fetching, and -that- didn’t happen, and she was deeply offended. But we got through it. Courage.
And have a wonderful France.
October 30, 2018 @ 1:14 pm
Glad Zoey came through the surgery ok, I hope she has a swift recovery.
We found with our nutter spaniel had operations (she would eat stupid things and it ddn’t matter how vigilant we were a few got through) that searching for food was useful, it depends what you feed her what the best way to do it is, kibble can be just scattered on a carpet, soft food smeared around complicated shaped toys, really anything that means it takes longer to eat. The only other thing that helped with ours was doing intensive training of things like long stays, roll overs, being good about having every bit examined, and introducing hand signals for everything the dog is allowed to do at that point, but that does require someone having the time to do the training. We discovered Penny spaniel was deaf by almost losing her when our first GSD Jazz died, prior to that Jazz had been bringing Penny back when we called for her and we hadn’t noticed, now we teach all of our dogs voice and had commands.
Have a good time in France.
October 31, 2018 @ 2:23 am
Our dog Honey had the same surgery this summer. Her recovery went great! She was frustrated by her enforced limits (no getting on the bed or couch,) but she was a trooper. She even tolerated her PT – having us move her leg through full range of motion, combined with application of heat. Now, you can’t tell at all. Yeah, it was expensive. We’re still paying on the credit card, so I understand.