Well, while Pandabonium finishes writing about their Hiroshima trip, I guess I'll bring you up to date with what I've been doing lately.
As regular readers may recall, I wandered into PandaB and K's lives a few years back. I don't remember much of life before that other than being lost, dirty and hungry. So they didn't know much about me either - how old I am, what kind of medical care I'd had, etc. The doctor had to guess my age by looking at my teeth.
They've been worried about me maybe having puppies some day, but perhaps I was too old for the kind of surgery they do to prevent that without risk of complications. My veterinary doctor had good news this month. There is an alternative to major surgery now. It's a small implant that puts medicine in my body and keeps me from having that "female problem" every 6 months. It lasts up to five years. It just takes a small incision, about 3 cm long on the back of my neck where the implant goes. So yesterday I went in for the procedure.
I wasn't allowed to eat or drink anything after 10 pm the night before. I was plenty scared as K drove me to the clinic in the morning. I just laid on the car floor and shivered. The doctor put me under general anesthesia so I wouldn't feel a thing. Next thing I knew, I had a shaved neck painted with some iodine or something on it, and some stitches just below my collar on the back of my neck in the middle of the shaved area. PandaB and K came and got me later in the day after the doc said I was OK to go home. Boy was I glad to see them!
I was really hungry when I got home, but all I could have was water. That kind of upset me and I barked my complaints every fifteen or twenty minutes, but it didn't help. Finally, at 8 pm I was allowed to have dinner. I was starving and could have eaten twice as much as usual. My nice warm bed felt really good though - Pandabonium had cleaned my dog house - and I slept better than I have in a while. In the morning I was still hungry and gobbled down my breakfast. I have to take antibiotics for a week, which PandaB and K mix into my food. I hardly notice it. Next week I'll go have the stitches removed.
Like I said, I was scared yesterday. But today, I felt great. The incision doesn't itch or bother me in any way and I had great walks and enjoyed the nice sunny weather. It's like nothing happened. I'm glad it's over.
Of course, I can't see the shaved area or the incision, so I don't have to feel funny about how I look. I guess it's a good thing I don't have a mirror in my dog house!