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.