Baby’s home

We made sure the day started as normal (apart from no breakfast), and Maggie had a spring in her step as we walked her round the Avenue where she performed both businesses. We got home and had another cup of tea before taking her in for 11 am.
We were allowed to stay with her as the pre med took effect, then Hubby carried her into the back room and laid her on a comfy pad in a cage. She looked so forlorn, Hubby told me to move away before I burst into tears! Not good for her to see me upset, though she was pretty dopey and just wanted to go back to sleep.

We received a phone call just after 1.30 to say she was OK and we could collect her in a couple of hours.
The vet had said originally he’d thought he would only be able to shave the growth back and it would be left open to heal, but today he told us he’d managed to stitch the wound after all so that was a relief.
The lump was about the size of a large marble and it’s possible he’s removed all of it, though we have decided against having another biopsy. Funny how the other vets had said they couldn’t remove it.
Whilst she was under, they cut her nails and cleaned her teeth, one of which fell out, so she’s going to be doing a Terry Thomas once she’s back to ‘smiling’.

We arrived just after 3 pm, and were given the low down of what had been done, what medication we were being given, and if there was any cause for concern, to ring them.
Maggie was brought in, a little unsteady on her feet but oh so pleased to see us! She immediately rolled over on her back for a tummy rub, and it was lovely to see her face was no longer misshapen.

The bill was considerably less than we’d anticipated, with no charge for the dental or nail work (some vets charge £50 – £100 for cleaning the teeth and £10 for nails), so we were well pleased, and have a follow up appointment on the 14th.
The receptionists said how lovely Maggie was and how hard it is to believe she is almost 14. They also said she’d had something to eat, so we shall make sure there’s fresh water, and if she wants anything later, it will be a scrambled egg so that it’s soft and not chewy.

On the way home, Maggie climbed on my lap and fell asleep, totally content.
Once indoors, she checked out our bed then the rest of the house and is now fast asleep on her cushion with her own baby tucked under her.
No doubt she’s glad to be home.
Photo: April 2018

This morning, we were talking to an elderly lady we have become friendly with who has a german shepherd. We mentioned Maggie’s surgery today and told her where we were going. She said he was a really good vet, and we’d made a wise choice. She doesn’t use the one here as she isn’t very impressed with them (I’m being polite here as she doesn’t mince words).

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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22 Responses to Baby’s home

  1. Sadje says:

    Great! A load off your mind, now that she is doing well.

  2. fransiweinstein says:

    Excellent news! Your vet sounds very much like mine. They’re few and far between. Glad you found him.

  3. scifihammy says:

    Aw poor Maggie. I didn’t know she was going in to the vets. And I understand how you must have felt seeing your baby all limp!
    It’s always hard when they are old, as sedation is not good for them. I’m glad the lump was removed and she is recovering well. I believe in keeping them comfortable when they are old, so only doing what is necessary. Your vet sounds excellent.
    I hope you all have a good night. 🙂

    • Thanks Sci. We noticed the lump last year and got it checked out bythe vet here, believing it would be removed, but they just did a biopsy. In subsequent visits, theyve looked at it, but said there wasn’t much they could do.
      We wanted a second opinion more than anything else since it had got so big, so today’s op is wonderful if he has managed to get it all. Even better is that he could stitch the wound. Shell be spoit rotten (as always) but we’re not pushing her to do anything and will let her have a nice quiet weekend, hopefully with few fireworks.

      • scifihammy says:

        Aw poor old girl. They do get lumps and bumps as they age.
        LM had several removed from her body 2 years ago (but still has some), and last year one from her eye lid – that we had left until it started bothering her.
        At their advanced age it is just maintenance and keeping them comfy – but they do seem to heal remarkably well. Get Better soon Maggie! 🙂
        And I really hope you don’t get many fireworks – fingers crossed.

      • Thanks Sci. We seem good this morning.

  4. So glad to hear this! I am not so good when one of my pets are on the surgery table. I swear it hurts me more than them! This all sounds good and lets hope they got it all.

  5. FABULOUS!! ❤ Thank you for sharing some of your sunshine today! And blessings on Maggie girl, may her healing be swift and her pain minimal. 🙂

    • Thanks Melanie. We’re all having an early night, and she’s curled up alongside me. So far, no additional painkillers and she starts her antibiotics tomorrow.

  6. Yay for Maggie. So glad she came through ok. And what great owners she has! While your vet’s fees seem much more reasonable than ours, many owners still wouldn’t spend the money on their dogs. I would, of course, but then Puppy Cody is my baby just like Maggie is yours.

    • We used to have insurance, but when we put in a claim, our next premium had more than doubled. I’ve kept money aside and top it up every year so we can cover any emergency such as this. Yep, she’s our baby, and we’ll always do the best we can for her.

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