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    Sounds like Monday the 19th can't come soon enough, sending prayers!


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    Not at all!! I am ready for him to be pain free!! I am sad though because the vet wants to keep him a few days after surgery. I have no idea what I will do all those days without him! I swear we are together pretty much all day every day!! But a sacrifice for his health!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MClark View Post
    Not at all!! I am ready for him to be pain free!! I am sad though because the vet wants to keep him a few days after surgery. I have no idea what I will do all those days without him! I swear we are together pretty much all day every day!! But a sacrifice for his health!!
    Make sure they give you Rimadyl AND tramadol for the pain. Or something better. They only gave Vegas Rimadyl and he cried for a day until I could get him the tramadol script. Vegas was only 7 or 8 months old when we did it. The best thing for him. He had a tiny little nub and it was tight and very deep. He was constantly trying to bite his bottom because of the infection in the pocket.

    Advice: There will be a lot of seeping in the days after the surgery. Get a collection of old sheets and blankets to cover your carpet, couches and any other hard to clean surface.

    Night before -5-jpg
    Day of -9-jpg
    5 days post surgery -5-days-surgery-jpg
    16 days post op -16-days-jpg
    32 days post op -32-surgery-jpg
    50 days post op -50-days-surgery-jpg
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    Oh my gosh thank you so much for the pictures and info!! He had his surgery today(well Monday since it is past midnight here). They said the surgery went great and that his tail pocket was a lot deeper than they expected and they could definitely see why he was always in such pain! He just turned 2 a month ago so I definitely believe I procrastinated a while before making the decision to get him the help he needed; Surgery. They are keeping him over night to monitor the surgery site to make sure it stays in good standing before sending him home. I should be picking him up tomorrow. Thank you so much for your advice! I will be sending you a private message if you don't mind!!

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    Make sure they give you Rimadyl AND tramadol for the pain. Or something better. They only gave Vegas Rimadyl and he cried for a day until I could get him the tramadol script. Vegas was only 7 or 8 months old when we did it. The best thing for him. He had a tiny little nub and it was tight and very deep. He was constantly trying to bite his bottom because of the infection in the pocket.

    Advice: There will be a lot of seeping in the days after the surgery. Get a collection of old sheets and blankets to cover your carpet, couches and any other hard to clean surface.

    Night before -5-jpg
    Day of -9-jpg
    5 days post surgery -5-days-surgery-jpg
    16 days post op -16-days-jpg
    32 days post op -32-surgery-jpg
    50 days post op -50-days-surgery-jpg
    18 weeks -18-weeks-surgery-jpg

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    I'm so glad he did well! Leaving him there is probably a good thing.....the first 24 hours were horrible for me as a mom. Day 3 and 4 gets better....but remember to cover all your couches with sheets and blankets....his little bottom will be seeping for a few days.


    Now the recovery! It took so long for all the hair on his bottom to grow back....but as you can see 18 weeks after the surgery all was back to normal. I have never regretted doing the surgery....he is much happier without the itchy bottom. It's so sad that so many little ones have to deal with infected tail pockets. Too bad there isn't an easier way to make it all better!


    Now you will be a go to person for people wondering and seeking advice about the surgery. Take photos and document his days so the next time we need someone with expertise on the subject....we have another person we can tag!


    Thanks for the message. Keep us updated on how he's doing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MClark View Post
    Oh my gosh thank you so much for the pictures and info!! He had his surgery today(well Monday since it is past midnight here). They said the surgery went great and that his tail pocket was a lot deeper than they expected and they could definitely see why he was always in such pain! He just turned 2 a month ago so I definitely believe I procrastinated a while before making the decision to get him the help he needed; Surgery. They are keeping him over night to monitor the surgery site to make sure it stays in good standing before sending him home. I should be picking him up tomorrow. Thank you so much for your advice! I will be sending you a private message if you don't mind!!

    So glad it all went well... keep us posted and give him big hugs from all of us
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    UPDATE. They are keeping him another night. They kept the wound open so they could laser the wound to heal it from the inside out because of how deep his pocket was. He is doing great other than that! Tomorrow I will know more if they decide to keep him another day. Prayers for a fast recovery! I just want him back!

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    So glad it all went well... keep us posted and give him big hugs from all of us

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    I'm glad and relieved to hear that Rolo's surgery went well. I will be praying for his speedy recovery and that he'll be home w/you before you know it!




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