Vet Woes

There is one thing Bandit and I both agree on and that is going to the vet sucks.

Eleven days ago I took Bandit to the vet to be neutered for various reasons. I’m renting the condo we live in and don’t want him marking everywhere. He will be our dog and we have no interest in breeding him. The last thing I want if he ever did escape is for him to start fighting over females, or end up getting another dog pregnant then be expected to help take care of the puppy vet bills and find homes for them.

Still I felt guilty of robbing him of his fertility. And the sad look he gave me as they dragged him back, whining and straining to leave with me instead of them, nearly broke my heart. Several hours later he was delighted to see me. Microchip in place. A fixed hernia where his birth mother chewed the umbilical cord too close causing the hernia to form. And 2 testicles removed that finally dropped only the week before. He came out wearing the cone of shame to keep him from biting his sutures. Considering all this he was still one happy puppy to see me.

What did you bastards do to me?

What did you bastards do to me?

We received instructions and some pain medication hoping this would be the last we saw of the vet for a while.

Houston we have a problem. The crate we were directed to buy several months ago is just big enough for Bandit to stand up and turn around. This is to simulate the comfort of a den. Bandit loves his crate. He sleeps peacefully all night long in it. But the cone won’t fit through the crate door. And even if he did get in the door, there is no way he would be able to turn around. For some reason, Bandit thinks our bed is an acceptable place to relieve his bladder, so letting him sleep with us is out of the question.  Gating him in the bathroom makes him feel abandoned and he just whines and barks all night long.

Finally we figured out how to back Bandit into the crate. I’m surprised how quickly he picked this up. Now he starts backing up before I even have a chance to line his butt up with the door.

Two days later the after effects of the surgery hit and Bandit walked out of the crate that morning with his entire hind end brown. While I carefully tried to clean Bandit (since he wasn’t supposed to have a bath until two weeks after the surgery, but I figured leaving the area covered in feces would be worse than a bath), the wife cleaned the crate and then rushed Bandit to the Vet since the instructions said to bring him back if this occurred.  They returned with more pills for Bandit to take. The pills worked and we went about keeping him as happy as a dog could be with a cone on his head.

Throw the ball again!

Throw the ball again!

Lately he’s been begging for our help scratching his head. He’ll walk up to me then start whining and bumping his cone against me until I start scratching. (Who’s training who here?) Yesterday we figured it was time to take the cone off hoping he wouldn’t start licking his wounds. That way he could scratch his own head. It started out fine. Only a few times did we need to correct him from licking his sutures.

He’d scratch one side then the other, play some ball, lay in the corner…typical Bandit behavior. His next flea treatment is due in a couple of days, so I figured maybe he collected a couple from somewhere and a bath along with the treatment would take care of those pesky critters.

Then he kept scratching, and scratching. Soon chunks of black hair were all over the carpet. I called him over for his last outside break before bed and noticed the skin on the left side of his head was red, and there was a deep scratch over his left eyebrow that was a little swollen. Normally I can’t even see through his fur to the skin except during his bath. I checked the right side and although not nearly as bad as the left, the fur was thinner and showing some damage. To stop the guy from ripping his face off, I put the cone back on and put him to bed for the night.

This morning, his left eye was swollen halfway shut and we could both tell he was miserable. I took the morning off work and rushed him to the vet. As always Bandit steals the show. Everyone can’t get enough of Bandit’s cuteness, despite looking like he’d just woken up the morning after a bar fight.

You should see the other guy!

You should see the other guy!

You're blocking my reception.

You’re blocking my reception.

The vet walked in sporting a nice round baby bump. I’ll admit to having a fleeting “Are you fucking kidding me!” moment, but this quickly passed and I found myself feeling indifferent. My main concern was getting Bandit better. I hate seeing him suffer like this.

Turns out he has a yeast infection in both ears causing the itching discomfort. Most likely due to the cone holding his ears against his head locking in the moisture for the yeast to grow. Plus his sutures are showing signs of an infection starting. We left the vet with ear drops, eye drops, and an antibiotic and two more appointments. They want to check his eyes again in a couple days and it will be a couple weeks before they can check if the medication helped his ears.

I sure hope my little buddy gets better soon so I can take him to the beach again!

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About ivfmale

Just a guy dealing with infertility.

Posted on January 25, 2013, in Bandit and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Poor little Bandit! Sheesh what a rough run! Yum Yum had a yeast infection in her ears for MONTHS. It was repeatedly misdiagnosed by my Birmingham vet. My KY vet is fantastic, though, and took one look inside and declared it yeast. Within about three days the sad digging and crying had stopped. A week later she was good as new and we have never had another problem with her ears (other Yum Yum parts are a different story!). Hopefully Bandit will respond just as well to the treatment and be on his way to a cone-free, itch-free, swelling-free life again!

    • The vet said breeds with long ears are more likely to get these infections. Now it’s just a matter of getting Bandit to let me use the ear drops. I thought the eye drops would be the hardest, but he gave me no problems with those. The ear drops, however, he did not like AT ALL.

      A good vet is a great find. I’m so glad we found this one.

      Happy to hear Yum Yum hasn’t had any more ear trouble…hope the same goes for Bandit.

  2. Poor Pup! I hope Bandit gets well soon.

    I get the guilt about stealing his fertility. My poor DH took our puppy, Melville, to the vet for his neuter and proceeded to the fertility clinic to get his first ever semen analysis. By the time we picked up Melville from his surgery, DH had gotten the news that there weren’t any swimmers. Maybe there’s something to that whole karma thing.

    • Ouch! That was definitely an ill timed set of circumstances. That’s definitely going on my “Infertility a little too ironic” list.

      Thanks for the well wishes. Hope those HCG shots are working for your husband! They did nothing for me, but I have heard some success stories so keep pinching that inch! 😀

  3. Poor Bandit! We have a German Shepherd who developed a yeast infection in his ears and it didn’t go away (even with vet medication) until we starting putting a bit of yogurt in his diet). If it hangs around for too long, maybe you should give it a try for the poor little guy 😦

    • Thanks for the tip. Given this breed is prone to yeast infections in the ears we are going to take your advice and start introducing yogurt into his diet. He really hates the medication in the ears so I’d like to avoid it in the future if at all possible.

  4. Aw, poor little pup pup! The days after my own puppy’s neuter were not fun (he wouldn’t walk more than a couple of steps at a time and was subjected to the dreaded cone), but nothing like poor Bandit has had to suffer with everything piling up like that. I hope your little buddy is back to his old self soon.

    • He’s doing much better now. We are going to try taking the cone off again tonight. Sutures have had 2 weeks to heal, now it’s just hoping he doesn’t start scratching his hair off again.

  5. Oh no! Poor little Bandit! I hope he starts feeling better soon because being sick sucks, even if you are a puppy!

    • He’s back to his playful self now. Doesn’t like the meds, but he is liking the treats afterwards. He is getting better at allowing the eye and ear drops.

  6. Oh, poor little guy. When we first picked up puppy dog Andra, she had just gotten spayed. Being in a new home, we couldn’t keep her calm and she managed to open up her wound a bit. Back to the vet…ugh. It took so long for the wound to heal and there were some very frustrating days.

    When we got Mr. Rowan, he was already nuetered…so I was so thankful we didn’t have to go through it again. But, it turned out he had a fractured declaw that never healed right; so about a week after he got home…he had surgery to get the declaw removed…ugh! Cone of shame again.

    We love our pups so much, but it is hard to deal with medical issues.

    Like someone else suggested, do try some yogurt in the food to help with the ear problem. If he is still on antibiotics from the surgury, I would suggest a couple spoonfuls of yogurt in the food. Our dogs seem to like it, so it is always a good option.

    Get well soon Bandit!

    • So true about dealing with the medical issues. They look so sad with the cone on and don’t understand it’s for their own good.
      We tried the yogurt and Bandit likes it well enough I think we’ll keep using it. Vet wasn’t sure if the yogurt would help but assured me it wouldn’t harm Bandit.
      He’s doing much better now. Back to being the happy playful puppy that can’t get enough attention. 😀

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