Sunday, March 18, 2012

Molly update


Firstly, if you are not good with pictures of stitches, look away now :)
After her surgery on Friday just gone, Molly is doing pretty well.


Look at that big shaved leg! I have to admit I was rather shocked when I saw the massive amount of fur they shaved off. They left her fuzzy from the ankle down, so she looks like a bit of a punk dog. Her fur doesn't grow very quickly (she has never been clipped, unlike many doodles) so I suspect it will take quite a few months to look normal again.


During surgery they took a sinewy bit from her thigh and attached it over her anterior cruciate ligament (acl). The scar is about 6 inches long and she has 16 stitches.


Keeping her as immobile as possible is no easy feat, as is administering her antibiotics (they're huge) and anti-inflammatories. I have to camouflage them in pieces of kabana.
We are trying to limit her movement and have to avoid her jumping on the sofas and bed. One of her favourite spots is the kitchen sofa under the bay window. As we have no kitchen door I have borrowed a baby gate to keep her out. It's working well. We just have to remember to shut the bedroom door as well.


As you can see she has a shaved patch on her chest as well. She had a funny lump there for quite some time and the vet decided to remove it whilst she was under anaesthetic. So, another long scar and 14 stitches. Poor bubby! She is pretty bored so I'm giving her lots of pats and regular treats.
We go back in two weeks for stitch removal and then hopefully can start to slowly increase activity. At the moment she's on the leash to go out to the loo as we can't have her undo all the work by chasing a bird or the postman along the fence as she usually enjoys.
It will all be worth it if she can run like she used to :)
xx

24 comments:

  1. Awwwww molly!!!!! Glad that it all went well. I think she needs some dotty ice cream.

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  2. Get well soon Molly so you can keep chasing that postman. xx

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  3. Thank goodness she's ok. Lots of love and big kiss for Molly. Rachael xx

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  4. Oh dear, poor Molly. I'm sure she is enjoying all the special attention. Get well soon :) XOX

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  5. Poor baby. Hope the rehab goes well x

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  6. Oh, poor little Molly. I feel your pain trying to keep her 'quiet'. We had to give my puppies sedatives to stop running around after they were fixed because they were going to hurt themselves more. I couldn't work out what was worse, seeing the stitches from the operation or having them completely doped out on sedatives.

    Get well soon, Molly :-)

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  7. Oh bless her she looks sad but she will feel so much better when the stitches come out. It is so hard when you can't explain to them what it is all about! A big hug and a pat from me to Molly.

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  8. thanks for posting up pics of how she is doing, poor baby she must be so bored and a bit sore. have they spoken of a rehab program? that is the same knee reconstruction that footballers have you know.

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  9. Oh, poor baby girl. She looks a bit sore, but she'll recuperate quickly. You watch. You're such a great mother.

    I'm interested that you've never had her clipped. You must brush her quite regularly, do you? Noodle needing clipping at least every three months otherwise he'd go dreadlocky, and I'd feel like the poodle-breeder who was (rightly) nabbed by the RSPCA for mistreating her poodles.

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  10. Oh the poor sweetie. It is always so dramatic to see the fur all shaved like that. Best wishes for a good recovery for her...may she be chasing the mailman again shortly.

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  11. Oh poor poor Molly..give her a big huge hug from me and my girls......love from me...i hope she will be better soon...xxx..

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  12. Oh poor Molly! I hope she feels better soon.

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  13. Sono sicura che presto starĂ  bene, vedrai. Quando la mia gatta ha subito un grosso intervento le mettevo la boccetta di Resque Remedi proprio sotto il ventre, e lei lo teneva.
    Un abbraccio Glori

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  14. Poor baby...and it was good that the vet removed that lump so she won't have to "go under" again. We had to keep our girl quiet and immobile too for a while when she had her knee done. It's not easy watching her in pain and looking miserable but I'm sure she'll be back to her old self again soon...
    Lesley
    xx

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  15. I'm so happy to hear Molly is ok! My pup had an operation last week too, and although it was a standard procedure, I was still worried. They really are a (wo)man's best friend aren't they? :)

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  16. Poor little Molly! Hope she continues to do well Sarah, and that you can ease off the rescue remedy now. So sorry I'm only just catching up with this now. xx

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  17. Poor Molly. They do seem to shave a lot of fur off. When our girls were desexed they had half their tummies bare. We have to Nigella an anti-inflam every day, our favourite way of disguising it is in liver wurst. I hate the smell but they LOVE it.

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  18. Poor Molly! Hope she recovers quickly!

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  19. Oh Molly you trooper! Sending you lots of pats for a speedy recovery xxxx

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  20. Oh the poor darling. I bet it was a terrible ordeal for you while she was in surgery. Wishing MOlly a record speed recovery.

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  21. Oh what a brave girl! Get better quickly Molly! X

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  22. Poor baby! Hoping its not too long before Molly can get back to her normal routines - you feel so sorry for them when they are like this. Take care yourself Sarah, and give Molly a big cuddle from me!


    Gill xx

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  23. Oh Sarah I hope Molly is doing well, so so hard to see them go through things like that. I hope she is being a good patient for you too, they always seem to want to keep doing things as normal rather than rest. Thinking of you guys xx

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  24. Oh Molly you poor love, looks like you're being well cared for though! Soon you'll be back to yourself in no time. HUGS xx

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