Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Cone Comes Off: The Follow-up to Teddy's Surgery

At 5:00 am this morning, my dad, myself and Teddy began the drive to the Veterinary Hospital in Ohio to get her eyes checked and her cone removed. I don't actually remember having done so, however, because I don't normally wake up when there are still stars in the sky. My first conscious memory from this morning is of the scenic parking lot of a McDonald's, as shown above. Teddy knows when she is going to the Vet, and it is by no means one of her favorite places, but she always gets fed an egg McMuffin (no butter or cheese) on car rides like this, and it's quite a treat for Teddy. A spoonful of Egg McMuffin helps the Veterinary Hospital go down....
Here we see Teddy looking for any sign of her egg McMuffin.
Here's me, very sleepy.
Egg McMuffin sighted!
My dad is in the midst of a dangerous task. Teddy's teeth are nothing to joke about, and when she's in eating mode, forget about it. This isn't much different from getting within an inch of a wood chipper.
Mere seconds later....
The food is gone!
Here, my dad feeds Teddy her sedative wrapped in some kind of Cream Cheese ball. Teddy does not like strangers, other animals, or stressful situations, and she's about to experience all three. The Veterinary Hospital wisely asked us to give her something to calm her nerves prior to bringing her.
One pill makes you larger...
And one pill makes you small....
And the ones that the Vet prescribes you....
You get the picture. I tried to tell Teddy that freedom from the cone was imminent, but this look has a definite "What cone?" quality to it.

The parking lot of the Vet.
And the Hannibal Lecter-ish muzzle that we are bringing in the event that Teddy's pill suddenly wears off.
Puppy lift!
First you put on the leash....
Which can be tricky...
And then you lift!
My dad and Teddy walking towards the door of the Vet.
I won't be taking pictures from inside the Vet, but I will be sure to write as soon as I am able in order to give you all the conclusion to the story! I am writing this entry quickly because Teddy isn't expected to take too long on this trip, and I know she isn't gonna want to wait around in the parking lot while I finish typing. Currently, my dad and I are in the waiting room as the doctors check on Teddy's eyes. I haven't heard any "I just got bit by a Chow Chow" cries of pain so far....

Update:
I am now sitting in the car with Teddy waiting for my dad to finish the paperwork. The doctor says she did great; there was no barking, biting, or crying, even when she was having her eye stitches removed. Unfortunately she has to wear the cone another two days! But the surgery was a complete success, and Teddy's eyes look great.

24 comments:

Marigold said...

Great news! Especially the part about the McMuffin. :)

laurie said...

thats just great,, I no longer have my four legged friend and have been really interested in this journey,, Teddy has found a place in my heart,, crusty and all.Our dog wasn't a chow chow but was a cranky little cus so i can relate to the grouchy parts,What a good son you aRE for doing this for your mum,, best of luck to Teddy!

edenhills said...

Bummer that she has another two days of the cone, but I'm so happy that it was a success! No puppy deserves to have those horrible entropion eyes.

Teresa

Autumnforest said...

What a brave little lass! Sounds like when she goes back, it's time for another egg mcmuffin!

Moncha said...

Great news that the eyes look great. Still another two cone days for Teddy. I'm sure she will get through those with flying colors. Maybe she's getting used to it by now and will miss it when it's gone. I don't think so ; )
Good luck Teddy and it's just another two days, hang in there !!!

Dee said...

YAY for you Teddy!!!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

hey you guys...we read every word....happy to hear the surgery went great...good news there....bummer....2 more days of the cone....at least it's only 2.....

i'll check back for further updates....

p.s. loved seeing her get her egg mcmuffin...l'il teddy would have ordered a doublecheeseburger...plain

:-)
kary and l'il teddy

Suzie said...

Wow! Thanks for Teddy's pictorial journey! I know that she can be a handful (as your Dad can attest to. .good thing he has a strong back!), but she looks so darn cute. She probably knows it too, and uses it to her advantage whenever she can.

I'm so happy that her surgery was a success! And that she was a good girl for the staff. Maybe one of Mama's special treats (like some seafood), will make it up to her for having to wear the cone for another couple of days.

And um. . .I notice how you worded, that you normally don't get up that early, but I'm assuming that doesn't include the number of times that you've watched the sunrise, having been up all night. .that's ok. .I won't tell Mom. .although I'm thinking that she already knows!

petoskystone said...

yea! will you have to return to the vets to get the cone off?

Pricilla said...

I am so happy to hear that the surgery was a success but of course, sad that the cone has to stay on for another two days.

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

I´m so glad that everything went well at the vet! I guess the cone stay because there might be some left over itching from the stitches. Well soon she´ll be rid of it!

I´m so glad none of my dogs ever even been close to wear a muzzle like that :-) :-) :-)I went to the vet with one of my dogs today and I have to say he didn´t make a sound, not even when I would have if a doctor had tried me like that :-) :-) :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.

Suzanne said...

Aaawwwww man! Another 2 days of cone!?! That stinks.

Glad all went well.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Oh, Teddy two more days will go so quickly...... Diane

TARYTERRE said...

That was a wonderful blow by blow account of Teddy's trip to the vets. I'm glad she got her egg mcmuffin and that everything went well. But so-ooo sorry to hear she has to wear the cone for another couple of days. Hang in there Teddy. It won't be long til you're FREE of it.

Barb said...

Only two more days, well after this long I guess that's doable. So glad to hear she is well-that's the important thing!
That was a great way to share the whole event! Good job to the Blog Tech and Dad!

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

That went well! Great post. Two days will go by in no time. I'm just happy she is doing so well. Back to normal soon.

mississippi artist said...

So glad Teddys surgery went well. Poor thing -that miserable cone!

Jennifer said...

So glad to hear that the surgery was a success and Teddy is doing well!

SharleneT said...

Oh, I was so wanting to see her pretty little face, today; but, I will wait for two days. Excellent pictorial journey, even if you were very sleepy. Your Mom would be proud.

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

Great post. Glad Teddy is doing so well ... Only 2 days to go!

TheBlakkDuchess said...

Hugs & kisses to Teddy, and I'm glad everything's gone well so far! ^-^

XOXO

the wild magnolia said...

Beyond happy that Teddy's surgery was a success. She will soon be cone free. Awesome.

xoxo to Teddy Feels Better

~ Jayne ~ said...

What a wonderful chronicle : glad all went well for Teddy! I relate,as I just had a jaw bone fusion surgery & go to have my stitches removed tomorrow! I have to remember your clever, cream-cheese-ball trick : I usually dupe my doggie with peanut butter.

Danni said...

Oh, what a good girl, Teddy! And only two more days of the Cone of Shame!