|Feeling a little dopey.|
The reason I scheduled Margot’s surgery on Dec. 26th was because I was off from work that entire week, and I wanted to be able to keep an eye on her. I was really dreading her having to wear that awful cone around her neck because I knew Margot would probably just try to take it off the whole time, but when I went to the vet to pick her up, they actually gave me an alternative to the cone. It’s called a Medical Pet Shirt, but really it’s just a “onsie” for dogs. Haha! It’s brilliant, though! It’s made out of some kind of compression-type material that gives her a gentle squeeze around her midsection, and then it closes in the back with snaps and Velcro, leaving a hole for her tail. Her entire belly and stitches are completely covered, and the shirt’s closures are in a place that’s pretty hard for her to reach. Honestly, though, Margot hasn’t tried to take the shirt off at all, and, in fact, I think she kind of likes wearing it.
When I brought Margot home, she was pretty doped up and just wanted to fall asleep, but her surgical site was still fresh, and it hurt her to sit or lie down. Therefore, she actually kept falling asleep while standing up. It was kind of funny at first, but after about an hour of making sure she didn’t fall and hurt herself and also not being able to get her to lie down, I started feeling really sorry for Margot. I was afraid it might hurt her to sit or lie down for several days, but thank goodness that wasn’t the case.
|First night of recovery. FINALLY lying down.|
The only time Margot ever tried to lick her stitches was the first time I took the Medical Pet Shirt off to throw it in the wash. I immediately put a different sweater on her, hoping that it would deter from messing with the stitches, but it just wasn’t as effective. So, while her medical shirt was in the dryer, I took Margot with me to the studio because I was supposed to meet with my new partner, Mark, and I didn’t trust her to leave her stitches alone while I was gone. That proved to be a smart move on my part because not only was Margot distracted by exploring the studio, but Mark also took a couple of test shots of me and Margot that day, which I love!
|Impromptu modeling at my studio!|
|Cuddling Daddy in her Medical Shirt.|
Anyway, I’m taking Margot back to the Animal Care Clinic tomorrow morning to have her stitches removed, and, as I said before, I am just so pleased with how well she handled both the surgery and her recovery. I give a LOT of credit to that wonderful little Medical Pet Shirt, and I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone whose pet has had or needs to have surgery. It is a genius alternative to that awful Elizabethan collar (aka The Cone).