So it's the Friday after Mochi's neutering (which was done last Monday) and while the pup seems alert, he is also a wee bit melodramatic.
The latest update on Mochi post-op is that he is currently refusing to walk nor to stand; he just sits there or lays down. Normally I'd be at wit's end trying to find ways to comfort my dog but after a lot of conversations with 2 of his vets and countless internet research, I've found some anecdotes that has helped put my mind at ease and heart at rest.
As is my luck, smaller breeds of male dogs are known to be quite the divas and drama queens. A concerned pet parent such as myself was kind enough to post online some of his concerns regarding his pet's post-op recovery. He has been just as vigilant as I in medicating the pup and experienced many of the things I am currently experiencing now:
I took Rocky to get neutered last Monday morning and they had him finished by the afternoon and kept him overnight to monitor him. He came home with an e-cone and two external stitches and some meds. From the day he he came home he refused to walk which was normal but now a week has past and I've administered all his medications on time ( Metacam for inflammation, Tramadol for pain and Panolog cream for help with irritation) and the swelling has gone down significantly and everything on his scrotum looks much better and healed. Still he won't walk very much, he did start to try and walk a lot but he squats while he walks. I took him back to the vet and they said everything looks fine and he can just be taking a little longer to get over it but from what I read most peoples dogs were back to normal in about 2 or 3 days. A number of other owners have responded to him that as long as there is no infection (yellow or green pus-like discharge) or wound break (it will contain a cheese-like white or yellow necrotic tissue inside), the dog is more likely showing signs of drama than anything else. As with people, there are different thresholds of pain when it comes to dogs. Some dogs balk at the slightest discomfort or foreign feeling while other dogs can ignore this and go on their merry-way. Having read that, I pat myself in the back as all is fine. Rubbing the Panolog Cream on the incision site, however, is a whole different story.