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Smile Maccabee Update

Maccabee is doig great! It is difficult to keep him from being the active dog he didn't have the energy to be for so long. He was supposed to wear a cone for two weeks, but I took it off yesterday (2 days early). His incision is healed and I haven't seen him licking the area so I figured, "Why not?"

He is down to 2 medications and 1 supplement. One of the meds (keppra) was prescribed because seizures are a serious, but not very common, complication of the shunt surgery. I am weaning him off the keppra, and after next week he will be ononly 1 med, plus the supplement.

I decided to go with the food his vets at the University of Tennessee recommended and he loves it. After his blood is rechecked 3 months post-op, I will likely transition him to a non-prescription, high-quality commercial food.

My next quandry is what to do about his hair. I normally keep him in a longish puppy cut. I brush him once or twice per week and he has never had matts. At this point, though, I have been unable to comb him for at least 4-5 weeks (first because he was so sick, then because of the surgery). I'm going to give it a shot this weekend, but if I can't get the comb through his hair easily, I may have his coat cut short, rather than subject him to more trauma. At the hospital, they shaved a band about 2 inches wide, around both front legs. Giving him a short haircut may not be so bad, as it will allow his rediculous-looking legs to catch up with the rest of his hair. Of course, his entire underside was shaved, but that's not visable unless you lift him up.

Lastly, Maccabee has always slept in a crate in my bedroom. While he's been recovering, he's slept in my bed. Both of us (and my fiance) seem happy with that arrangement so I will likely move his crate from the bedroom very soon. The only accident he's had on the bed, was the time his onesie snap got stuck. He peed on my hand and the bed while I was struggling with the snap.


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Wonderful news to hear that Maccabee is doing so well!

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Great news, hugs & kisses your way.
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So happy that Maccabee is recovering so nicely! Yay Maccabee!!

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Very good to hear from you, Laurie! I'm so happy Maccabee is doing so well! Thanks for the update.

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It' great to hear how well he's doing! He's got a great mom!!!

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Great news, Laurie. It must be so nice to see that he has his energy back. As far as his coat goes, I think you're smart to be thinking about keeping it short while he is recovering, 'cause as you said he doesn't need more trauma in his life right now. Remember, it always grows back. Thanks for the update. I know we're all cheering for him.

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Good to hear that Maccabee is on the mend! I'd go for doing whatever is easiest with his hair until both of you have recovered from this trama!

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Thanks for the update, it sounds like Maccabee is doing great. He's very lucky to have such a good mom! My cat is on Keppra and Phenobarbital for seizures, but she'll be on it forever, not cheap stuff.

Once you let these guys sleep on your bed I don't think you'll ever get them off. I have DH, Timmy and both our cats I need to share with so I'm glad we have a king! Our bed, "the big bed" is one of his favorite places.

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Glad he's feeling better. If he has to get a summer shortie cut, it will grow soon enough.

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