Well, Dexter’s adjusted tramadol dosage definitely affected his appetite a LOT. Though he was comfortable enough for the last day, his desire to eat food completely tanked. Spoiler alert – today, after another adjustment, trying to use Vetprofen (which is an NSAID) instead of Tramadol for his comfort, he finally ate again!! I had also resorted to giving him some Pedialyte against his will, because he hadn’t been drinking, but today he also had two good drinks of water – like a normal dog! His underbelly is getting less red from bruising. His urinary function still seems a little uneven, but his behavior fluctuating with the medicine hasn’t made it easy to tell what is the real cause. In any case, he’s still managed to go every few hours. His poo is not super consistent or the softness I would like it to be, despite giving him so much lactulose (softener), but drinking more fluids will definitely help there. Anyway, less poo talk… I got some pictures from the vet’s office yesterday and wanted to share a couple of cute ones from his surgery. I haven’t taken any pictures of his underbelly yet today, but it’s looking good enough that I don’t want to post the pictures from yesterday, even – it’s already better than that! He did have some itchiness due to hair growing in “down there” but we were able to provide some relief using anti-itch cortisone cream.
Please keep us in your thoughts! Here are two Dexter pics.