Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Northern Virginia
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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.
Starborn Light My Fire (Maccabee)