Newly neutered, stapled twice and recovering

It's been a while since the last update on Trice. Well, he's been to a couple dog parks, one in Fullerton and the other in Los Alamitos. Out of the two, we favored Los Alamitos. Mainly because the grassy area was huge, clean and expansive. I think it's also noteworthy to point out that both large and small dogs were combined. I noticed Trice plays well with the small dogs (sniffing, following, etc) but when a large dog comes around he bares his teeth and barks. He's always been pretty aggressive (or fearful) when a large dog walks by. I'm hoping to curb that attitude soon.

The latest news is that Trice was recently neutered on 5/8/09 at the Golden State Humane Society in Garden Grove. He went home groggy and depressed (mainly because the e-collar). There were a couple times that first night we took him home that we caught him falling asleep standing up. We weren't used to him being so quiet/down but the next day, he was back to his old self. We were told to feed him half a cup of food the first night and back to the normal routine the next day on, with the addition of his pain pills. He didn't poop right away and we were worried that he was gonna get so backed up it would be real bad. How happy were we to have some poop come out of him after two days! Rejoice!

This coming Friday would have been the date when he gets to remove the hideous e-collar (aka lampshade) and gets his staples removed. BUT over the weekend, Trice wiggled out of his e-collar and pulled out all of his staples while we were away. Took him to the ER and apparently he licked through some of the incision site so he was given antibiotics in case the saliva causes an infection. He also got re-stapled. The vet recommended this inflatable life-preserver looking collar called the "Pro-Collar". I think he prefers it over the e-collar so I'm glad. But he's condemned to it for another two weeks.

Overall his recovery is going well and I'm excited that he will be starting his obedience training next month. My hopes is that he will be less aggressive towards big dogs and his need to mark at EVERY corner/tree/fire hydrant is reduced!

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Comment by Lucy & Ricky (Wendy/Jack ) on April 14, 2010 at 4:44pm
I thought you named him for Obie Trice, after all this is the LBC. Haha!
PS How was the Fullerton park?
Comment by Alice on May 22, 2009 at 12:38pm
No problem! Glad to hear Trice is recovering nicely. :)
Comment by Trice on May 21, 2009 at 1:33pm
Lorraine, good luck to Wilf. I'm sure he'll do fine. It's funny, it seems like the owner has the hard time recovering more than the dog. At least for me it was. =)

Alice, 3%? haha Trice is probably at the top of that class. =( I heard about the desolvable stitches...and I concur...how is that decided?

Anyway, thanks for the feedback gals!
Comment by Alice on May 20, 2009 at 12:54pm
Finn had his surgery almost a month ago. He didn't have to wear one of those collars. Our vet said only about 3% of the dogs he works on end up needing the collar and sure enough, Finn didn't need it. He tried to lick two or three times but when we told him to stop he did. One thing the vet told us to do that would help is every now and then wipe down the shaved area with a warm washcloth. He said the shaved part is what itches and really makes them want to lick, not so much the incision. He had desolvable stitches, not staples. I wonder how the vets decide what they are going to use. ??

The only change I have noticed so far in Finn is that when we are at the dog park he pays attention to us rather than running off and ignoring us when we call him. They say this is because intact males are always looking for females and this distracts them from paying attention to you. I'm glad to see that is changing. Now if he'll stop all the barking at home and being a little brat on the leash we'll be good. :)
Comment by LORRAINE on May 20, 2009 at 12:43pm
Hi there, Wilf is booked in on the 26th for his castration. Cant say im lookin forward to it and i am only doing it to hopefully prolong his life from awfull deseases. He has never shown any aggression to any other dog large or small but i know where you are coming from on the marking...... it seemed to come from nowhere, as soon as he learnt to cock his leg he seemed like he had to practice on everthing!!!! I hope Trice recovers well and you dont have to take him back again !

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