On Wednesday, August 14, our Puppy Relations (PR) Manager, Dexter, is having surgery under anesthesia to repair a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and removal of a damaged meniscus: the shock absorber portion of the affected area. As such, we are dedicating this post to the skilled hands of the surgeon, the caring vet techs who will monitor him, and the love of his family and friends to carry Dexter through this surgery. I just want my little boy home.
DEXTER POSTOP UPDATE AS OF 10:50 am on 08/21: The surgeon just talked to us. Dex was what he called “a perfect gentleman,” very receptive to the catheter, anesthesia, letting them get him ready. He made it through the surgery and he now has to stay in the hospital for several hours. Pending anything out of the ordinary, he can go home by 3 pm est today. He had a completely torn ACL and a damaged meniscus.
For any pet parent who has faced surgery, whether for their puppy or senior, middle aged or age unknown: We pace and pray with you.
Things to do when your dog is having surgery: I seriously need a distraction while he is out of my hands, not visually able to be seen, and being put under anesthesia and eventual surgery. Anyone have ideas? Aside from read, pace, text, work, pace, count the dots on the ceiling tiles, and hope that with each exiting employee that comes out of the OR doors and into the waiting area of zombie-like dog parents, that maybe just maybe the doctor is there with good news for me…what else can a pet parent do?
I dedicate this blog post to anyone who has had a pet undergo surgery: I pace, pray, and send good thoughts with you. I am sure a few of the folks below have faced surgery a time or two with their pets: