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1st day post-op, doing okay
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Raz was a hot mess when I picked her up from the surgery yesterday. Making all sorts of crazy sounds and sounding absolutely miserable. BUT when we got back to the house we stayed in, she was ready to get out and explore the room! Today in the long car ride home, she wanted to have full reign of the car instead of her dog kennel. Now that we’re home she is insisting that she be freed to roam (not going to happen!), but she has also calmed down a bit. The princess is locked up in her double dog kennel apartment. 

She has so far been pretty good about leaving her incision alone and has been able to go cone-less. I got an inflatable cone from my vet today to have just in case. My question is will the sutures get itchy as they start to heal and then likely need to use the cone of shame ? When does that usually start to happen? 

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Hey thanks for posting and sharing Raz here! I’m so glad she made it through surgery and is home with you. She is quite the love.

So I’m going to caution you about leaving her cone free and I hope I don’t sound overbearing but….we have seen new Tripawds destroy stitches almost in front of their human, right before their eyes in seconds. Be very careful, and play it safe. Use the cone. It’s the only thing protecting her from going back to the vet for an incision re-do and possible infection.  

You ask a great question and the answer is yes: Stitches tend to get itchy when they start drying out in about a week. That’s for most recovering Tripawds but it really depends on how well the incision is healing. The faster the more it’s likely to get itchy. 

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Thanks Jerry! I ended up putting it on last night. She got it off at some point, so I put it on again this morning. It’s the ZenCollar inflatable cone. Seems to be working so far, I’ll have to watch to make sure she doesn’t figure out a way to get past it. 


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WELCOME HOME PRETTY GIRL!!!   And leave your stirches  alone silly girl!

Glad you got the cone back on.  I know some have used “baby onesies” to help cover the incision  too, along with the cone.  

What pain meds did she come home with?  The hospital  meds will wear off soon, So  pain managment  is important.  Drinking  and peeing are important  too.  She may not feel like eating Mich and may not poop for a day or two, so no worries there if that’s  the case.

Keep us posted!  Sounds like you have a very feisty  kitty on your hands!


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Raz is on a regimen of Gabba 2x per day and Bup 3x per day, plus I picked up some Oncior last night. She’s been doing really well with drinking and peeing since I brought her home, AND SHE TRIED TO POOP a few minutes ago! She didn’t quite succeed, but she is eating, a little at a time, and I’m hoping she poops by the end of the day. smiley2

She is a fiesty one, with a will of her own. But she loves her cuddles too…she gets lots of love from me and her aunts and uncle! 

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