(Wednesday am). Poor Rocco – his jaw is super sore. He barked and it hurt, he yawns and it hurts, and when Lindsey gave him a cookie yesterday he couldn’t eat it and was yelping in pain. He loves his cookies so I am sure this was very disturbing for him! Called the surgeon and he said it could be from the surgery (they did work very close to his upper jaw), but they want to see him. He also has very dark blackish poops, they said he needs to be seen for that, too! So I took today off. Not sure how long all this is going to take, or if there will be any special care needed. I gave him soft food for breakfast and he gobbled it down, and now he is sound asleep right next to me. Cant this cutie pie catch a break? I feel so bad for him. I know its normal to take two steps forward and one step back after surgery, but I just want him to feel good again! I want him to be able to play soccer outside again, I want him to be his wild and crazy self again! This picture is from before the surgery.
Later the same day: Everything is fine! Dr not concerned about the poop, they tested it and it’s just the meds. No blood!! The jaw pain is probably because the ‘mass’ was right above his jaw, so that muscle is probably sore from the surgery. Soft foods for a while. They said to keep him on all the medications for a few more days to help him get past the soreness. Rocco, aka Captain fawn beard, is exhausted from his day out. I think he is tired of going all the way to the valley for the vet visits. He would probably enjoy a long walk around the neighborhood a little more. He loves the car and I dont want him to think every time he goes in the car he will be going to the animal hospital. He really is in good spirits and other than the pain in the jaw seems fine! Thanks to all of you for the ideas and well wishes. We all appreciate your concern.
Monday morning: I’ve spent the morning with the pups today! Rocco was in good spirits and very excited to spend the morning with me!! Chloe was excited too! We cuddled up on the couch and then they both fell asleep… So….
Our morning has been a lazy one! I am taking Pirate Fawn Beard (oh yeah, Dad and I changed his name) to the vet in a little while for a check up of sorts, and I will post an update once we get back. I am exhausted, but I see progress and its wonderful that Rocco is healing, swelling is going down, and hopefully soon our life will be back to normal.
Later the same day: Rocco is doing really well. He doesn’t seem to be in pain (although he is still on pain meds). He is getting a little more rambunctious. The surgeon said he is coming along just as expected, and is healing quickly! We go back in Sunday to remove the stitches. I think the hard part is over – at least I hope so!! Thank you to Lindsey for puppy sitting while I work. This way he (captain fawnbeard) doesn’t have to wear the dreaded cone. He hasn’t really tried to scratch his eye area, or rub it on anything yet. The surgeon said we have to be really careful if we dont have the cone on him because he said its going to start being very itchy and he will probably scratch it. Until we have the stitches out, that could be BAD news! We do have the inflatable cone that we can put on if he starts acting like its itchy or if he starts trying to scratch it / rub against things. We are suppose to still ice him a couple times a day to keep swelling down. Rocco doesnt seem to mind it, maybe it feels good.
Catching everyone up. I am posting these these after the original date they were written. June 2, 2015 – Rocco, our boxer has a very swollen and red third eyelid. We have been to the vet three times already for this problem. The first time she thought it was an infection, or maybe something in his eye. She cleaned it out real well, did the pressure test, and the tear test. Everything came back normal, so we proceeded with the antibiodics. Did nothing.
Went back in a few weeks later. Eye was about the same. She thought that maybe it was allergies. Using allergy eye drops seemed to help the swelling a tad, and got rid of the redness synthroid tablets online. So we did that for a month or so. Eye definitely not getting any better.
Called vet again – she suggested a different antibiodic drop. She couldn’t think of anything else it could be. Well, that did nothing. Upon doing a bunch of research I found that boxers have eye problems! It can be a bunch of different things, so I decided to call the Animal Eye specialist nearby. Wish I would have done it sooner.
Our dog Rocco loves Soccer balls. He likes them a little flat and a little shredded. He enjoys chasing the ball when we kick it (if he actually lets us kick it), he enjoys throwing it around the yard by himself, too. Friends save old soccer balls for him, and he is very appreciative!
Does he ever let us play? Well, sometimes. He loves to tease us, act like he is going to let us kick it, but then grab it at the last minute. But then there are days where he will let me kick it 100 times. It just depends. One trick I use to get him to let me play is to give Chloe attention. He gets jealous and will bring me the ball.
Over the past few years, he has been through MANY balls. A friend of mine asked me if I have pictures of him with all the various balls. Do I? Well, I have MANY pictures of him with various soccer balls. Here are some: