Operation Dexter Dawg

A little while ago I wrote about our bonkers dog Dexter and how he needed to have an operation on his left rear leg as he had torn his cruciate ligament. If I’ve done this correctly, you can read that post here. The poor pooch has been confined to the house and garden since before Christmas 2016 and it’s been driving him nuts although he has been out for brief 15 minute walks on his lead every now and again.

Well, as planned, Dexter went for his operation on the 9th March and it was a complete success although it wasn’t without its dramas. We had taken Dexter for a number of x-rays and scans and because the vet was going to be manipulating his leg quite considerably, Dexter was given a general anesthetic so as to minimise any discomfort for him and as a safeguard for the vet in case Dexter decided to take a lump out of him.  Once he had come round whoever had taken him, either PIL or me, would lift him into the car, drive home and lift him out again. At 30 odd kilos, he ain’t exactly a lightweight. We thought it would be the same for his operation. So I went to work and PIL took Dexter to the vet. To PILs surprise not only was a general administered but Dexter was also given an epidural. After the operation the pooch eventually came round but he had no movement in his rear end because of the epidural. PIL and the vet lifted him into PILs car. Once home PIL, who is very definitely a girlie girl, couldn’t move him to the rear of the car to get him out. She knocked at the neighbours. No one in!  So PIL got his water bowl and food and sat in the car with him until Ed got home from work two hours later. Dexter didn’t mind.

The vet had put a cone on Dexter to stop him trying to get to his stitches. We only put it on him at night or if we popped out and he was on his own and I have to say he was very tolerant of it and never kicked up a stink when we put it on him. Even when he went out into the garden he had to have his lead on to stop him running around.

It was a different matter altogether when we gave him his tablets.We wrapped them up in goodies which he scoffed and then spat the tablets out. We held treats next to his nose to make him salivate and swallow but he just dribbled and made a  disgusting mess on the kitchen floor. We called him a bastard. A lot!

We called him all the names under the sun but none worked. After a lot of treats and stroking his throat he would eventually swallow his tablets. We then spent 20 minutes cleaning all the goo off the floor. Twice a day for weeks this went on but eventually his course of tablets ended, the stitches came out, more x-rays were taken and last week, he was given the all clear. He could go walkies again! Dexter had been quite happy to sit in the sunshine and soak up a few rays but there is no doubt all he wanted to do was go berserk in the woods.

My favourite photo of Dexter sunning himself

A big but went with this. Only for 15 minutes at a time and only on his lead. The time increasing by 5 minutes each week until it got to 30-35 minutes and then he could be let off the lead for 5 minutes again increasing by 5 minutes each week until it got to 30 minutes and thereafter, Dexter could be let off for how ever long we were out for. Brilliant. Recovery is a long-winded process but necessary to ensure he doesn’t wreck his leg again. The vet does expect him to do the same thing with his other leg though! We shall see.

Have a brilliant day.

More Dick soon.

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10 responses to “Operation Dexter Dawg

  1. So glad to hear he is on the way to full recovery, and that you have retained your sanity through it all. 🙂

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  2. Oh bless his little canine heart! He looks so forlorn in that top picture, but I had to laugh at him eating the treats and spitting out the tablets, and that brilliant pic where he’s sunning himself. So glad that the op went well and that he is on the road to recovery.

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    • Hello. I hope you and Spawn are well. Dexter is now going for walkies. He has a special lead to stop him from pulling which he hates but it does stop him from pulling which is something he mustn’t do. He gets so excited that he can’t wait to get to the fields and woods so he can have a tear up! His little face when we return home after only 15 minutes spent on the lead is a picture in itself. It’s as if he’s saying “Is that it?” He cannot conceal his disappointment poor sausage. Better than nothing though and his time will come.

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  3. Well – I know the end of the story, because I read the later posts first. I am glad Dexter is doing well!! One of my Great Danes – Sheila – blew out her ligament. The vet in town said he didn’t have the equipment to fix her knee, so I had to drive her to Fort Collins, Colorado – where they have a huge vet hospital, and they have the capability to do surgeries on large animals, which I suppose Sheila was considered, weighing in at 150 lbs. She recovered fully, and lived a great life. It is amazing what they can do these days!!!

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