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Marley is out of surgery and doing well!!
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marleyflynn said:

I'm just not sure what is the best place for her.

Your vet will definitely be able to tell if she's ready to go home.

I wasn't a crate-trained dog, so I hated being in a vet office crate. For me, going home was the best place. I just laid on my bed and slept for the first few days anyways, so it was no biggie.

It's not easy to see them as they learn to balance and go potty and stuff, but the experience will help you become stronger as a pack, especially if you have help from others at home. We know you can do it!

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Our doctors could tell Lily would do better at home and we picked her up 24 hours after the surgery.  She gets all her staples out tomorrow!  We are yet another family to get through it, thanks to all this support.  I can't wait for you to have Marley at home again so you can tell her much you love her.  Yay!


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Thanks everyone!! I can't wait to get on the road to recovery and spend some time with her without so much sadness! I want to sit and pet her without being so depressed about decisions, being anxious about the surgery, etc. We so need to move on! 

We've decided to leave her there one more night – it's the best place for her. she still has a drain in so it will be all ready to come out tomorrow and we won't have to worry about it. they say she does not seem anxious at all – no more whimpering since she's been off the IV meds and on the Tramadol. She's been sleeping well throughout the day. THe one issue has been their slippery floors – they say it's hard for her to try to walk on them. 

I am very anxious about seeing her tomorrow… I know it will be tough at first. oh, we will get through it!!! 

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So glad to hear she's still doing well!!!  I bought Smokey one of those ruff wear harnesses and it has been a huge help with the slippery floors and steps… lately I've kept it on him on our walks as well, just in case… I had to take him in for a pawdicure last night, as since we're not walking as much his nails are growing faster and while waiting in the vet's office on the slippery floors, it helps to get him up and ready to run 🙂

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Great news for Marley.  She will be as glad to get home as you are to get her home!  Unless there are some complications, you are going to be so glad to see her pain free.  Those beautiful bright eyes will once again gaze upon you.

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
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