We’re off to see the Wizard

Umm, not exactly sweet Sam. When I said we were off…you interrupted and finished the sentence with…the wizard. We’re actually going to see the vet to get your teeth cleaned.

Sam: Wait, we’re not going to see a wizard? What the dog? My teeth are just fine, thank you very much.

Mom:  Well, not exactly…you have a little build up of tartar and keeping your teeth clear of that will keep you healthy.

Sam:  Yeah well, I’ll go, but put me down as an official no to the whole idea.

Mom: I thought you liked the vet and all the nice vet techs? You sure wag your tail a lot when you see them.

Sam:  Ooh, come to think of it, I do like those techs. Ok, I’m in.

Mom: {thinking to herself} As if you had a choice here, pal.

So we head out to the vet and they happy to see Sam and he was happy to see them. Since he also had a tiny little tag on his lip and a tiny little bump on his nose that I discovered when he was groomed over the weekend, the vet said neither would be a problem to remove and they’d take care of them while he was under. His pre-surgical blood work was good and I could pick him up mid afternoon. As I turned to leave, Sam gave me that “Wait…you’re leaving me” look? It nearly broke my heart to see his crestfallen face. “I’ll be back buddy, be a good boy and I’ll see you soon.” I’m not sure he was convinced but he trotted back toward the surgery area with the tech, tail wagging.

~ 87 hours go by ~

At the appointed time, I arrived at the vet’s to pick up a wobbly pup. Sam was confused about where he was but the tech assured me he’d be fine once the anesthesia was fully out of his system. She gave me post-op orders, a prescription anti-inflammatory and said to let him convalescence for a few days. And with that the tail begin to wag so I knew my boy was fine and would recover nicely. They used a couple of stitches when the tiny bump was removed and they will need to be removed in about 10 days. All I could say was, “cool Sam…you know chicks dig scars, right?” Sam gave me an “if-you-say-so look with a big tail wag.” HIs procedure might have slowed him down but it couldn’t corral that tail. Gosh, I adore this knucklehead! 

~ The Convalescence Begins ~

Arriving home, I could see that Sam was pretty wobbly. When he sat, he listed to one side. And his eyes didn’t seem focused. He had no interest in water or food. He just wanted to be left alone rest. Nurse Ninja could sense something was off and wanted to pester tend to him.

This is the closest these two have been in fur-ever!

Yesterday Sam stayed pretty sedentary, mostly resting, and whenever he went outside to pee, he seemed disoriented. Patience and time were going to be the watch words while the little man recovered. He refused to eat the chicken and rice unless he was hand fed. By the end of the day he finally ate a small amount from a bowl…so long as I held it. My little boy needed reassurance with some good old-fashioned mom TLC.

By the end of the evening, the old Sam began return. He was still not 100% but I could see improvement in his overall demeanor. At the 30 hour mark following the procedure, he hopped up on the sofa late last night owning it like a king. So different from a few hours earlier.

As of this morning, he had a little spring in his step and took a very short walk. When we got back to the house, he asked “If chicks dig scars, mom…do you think they’ll go crazy if I get a tattoo?”

O.u.c.h. The scar will probably be bigger than the actual little bump was.

We expect to be back to 100% by tomorrow. I’m hoping that includes normal eating without catering to little Lord Fauntleroy.

Live, love, bark! 🐾

64 thoughts on “We’re off to see the Wizard

  1. Hope all scars are recovered by now. Ms. Zulu has to go to the vet for teeth cleaning and mass removal (as far as we know benign) next week too.

  2. So sorry to hear about your dental procedure and that little bump. I’ve missed blogging a bit lately and had to go back in time to see what happened. Our Garnet had a dental procedure Monday that was more intense and her recuperation has been slower. So glad you are showing how easy it can be done! Good boy!

    1. Hope your Garnet is recovering well. Extra ear scratches. The effects of his anesthesia this time kinda slowed Sam down a bit but he managed to get through it after a a couple of days. He’s back to being his ‘normal’ knuckleheaded self. 😊

      1. She started feeling better in 3 days and good in 4 days. Sigh, she lost several teeth and there is an adjustment. I’m glad Sam recovered so easily. For a senior guy, he’s doing really well!

      2. Aw, poor thing. Hopefully the transition goes smoothly and quickly. It took Sam 3 solid days to be back to his usual self. Thinking of you and sending oodles of poodles healing thoughts. 🐩

  3. Poor guy! They all recover differently from the anesthesia, just like us. Sampson is very ‘Roooooey” when he’s waking up. Which amuses the vet staff to no end. 🙂 Hope Sam is well on the way to 100%.

  4. It’s always tough to get through that post-surgery funk…for both dog and Mom! I’m glad Sam came out of it all unscathed, other than that cool scar he’ll have! 🙂

  5. A visit to see the wizard might have been more fun but sometimes a trip to the V-E-T is necessary. ☺ You know the routine…sit…heal ♥

  6. Wow. That seems like a long time to be wobbly. I think I would have been worried. Glad the mom and Ninja TLC did the trick and he’s back to his normal self, except for that rad scar, of course.

  7. Aw, poor Sam. I trust that by now he’s back to his old, knucklehead self. It takes Shadow a bit longer to “wake up” these days, too; but at nearly 14, she’s entitled.

  8. Glad he seems to be recovering well. Keeping my fingers crossed for a speedy full revovery.
    Hugs and pats for Sam,
    Pit

  9. Siblings … yeah, they can be annoying – but when you really need them … they’re always there. Bear’s had more than a few dentals and I don’t like the after-issues. I always feel like something’s wrong and I’m not good at seeing Bear struggle.

  10. I hate, hate, hate when our doggos have to “go under the knife” whether minor surgery or otherwise. Still, you have to admit the post-op dopey, druggy dogs are funny to watch. Once we know they are A-OK, that is. Anyway, Sam looks good in a mullet and the nose scar is minor because his nose is major. Hahaha…Maltese humor.

  11. Poor Sam. We hope he is back to 100% asap too. He has earned a few extra treats for all he had to endure.

    Woos – Lightning, Misty and Timber

  12. Oh sweet Sam! I am so glad you are recovering! Dakota knows how you feel, he had a dental last year and has to go back for another in October. Those ARE darned good drugs though, (according to Dakota) Sending (((hugs))) and love!

  13. I’m glad he’s feeling more like himself. I always felt so helpless when they have been put out for a procedure. Scary even.

    Have a woof woof day you two. My best to your mom. ♥

  14. Mew mew mew Sam mee finkss thee chickss umm mee meenss ladiess will go crazy fur you with a manlee scar! Not sure about thee tatwo’ss…sum ladies like them an sum do not…..yur reel hansum without them…..
    ***paw patsss*** an POTP Siddhartha Henry xXXx

  15. Forget the tats, Sam… go straight for a nose piercing. A bull ring would fit you well. The chicks will love it, Mom will adore you, and there won’t any nasty anesthesia hangover this time…

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