Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Toesies Tuesday

Today is the day pup Astrid goes in for her toe amputation, so as to remove the sarcoma on her paw pad. She had the tumor itself removed last week, as many of you already know, but the biopsy that revealed it to be a soft tissue sarcoma also revealed that not all of the margins were removed. Hence the toe amputation today.

That all being said, Astrid's paw has been in a bandage for about a week now. It seems that our days of bandages are not yet over, either. Perhaps that's why this is the Toesies Tuesday shot we're sharing with you today:

It took roughly half a second for the bandage to be covered in hair, 
in case you were wondering.

That there bandage is actually one that I put on Astrid's paw at home. The vet put on the first bandage after the surgery, and it was all pretty and blue. When I raided the first aid aisle at Walgreens to prepare for the at-home bandage changes, though, I found that their bandage selection was not as colorful. Astrid's paw looks like that of a mummy. I guess we know what she'll be dressing up as for Halloween this year.

We again want to thank you all for the love you've been sending Astrid's way! It truly means so much to us.

Needless to say, we cannot wait to have Astrid back home with us tonight and on the road to recovery.



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Our Doodle of the Day:

The second round of Astrid vs. Bandage will be airing soon.



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Our Tip of the Day:
Yesterday we talked about the importance of understanding and following at-home care instructions after a furbaby has undergone a procedure. Just as important, though, is making sure to follow all instructions prior to a procedure. One of the simple rules is that you should not feed your kitty or pup after 10 pm or so on the night prior to undergoing anesthesia. This is because a cat or dog should have an empty stomach when being anesthetized, in order to prevent issues such as aspiration. They can, however, still drink water. In addition to this, you should talk to your veterinarian about what medications should and should not be given prior to a procedure. In some cases, depending on the situation, your furbaby might need something such as an anti-inflammatory prior to surgery. This might be the case if a growth is being removed and inflammation needs to be at a minimum prior to surgery. In other cases, you might need to hold off on giving other medications, such as if your furbaby is on a pain medication that might be excessive with medications being given on the day of the procedure. For these reasons and more, always discuss with your veterinarian what is expected prior to surgery, so that everything can run as safely and smoothly as possibly during the procedure.

15 comments:

Julie said...

Dear Astrid, will be finkings of you today and sending you positive thoughts fur a quick, speedy recovery
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

Marg said...

Astrid, you sure will be in our thoughts today and we wish you the very best. We just know everything is going to be all right and soon you will be able to walk on that paw again. We all have our paws crossed for you today and big hugs to the Mom.

The Island Cats said...

We're purring for Astrid and hope all goes well today and that she heals quickly.

ZOOLATRY said...

Dear Lorianne ... and sweet Astrid, we'll be thinking of you today, with gentle woofs and lots of prayers for a successful surgery and a quick and easy recovery. Many hugs to you both ... Luv, Ann and Dougie Dog

da tabbies o trout towne said...

st francis' blessings two ewe two day astrid; we hope bye thiz time yur askin for steaks N waitin for mom ta come get cha N bring ya home ~ ♥♥♥♥

The Swiss Cats said...

We hope everything goes well for Astrid today. Purrs

Eastside Cats said...

Sending purrs and hugs for Astrid and her peep who is worried.

Timmy Tomcat said...

Sending purrs aplenty to Astrid!
Timmy, Dad Pete and Family

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

We hope Astrid is back home soon. I understand a bit - the day I first posted on our blog, I felt a lump in Bear's back. I was sure it was a vaccination-related sarcoma. The vet didn't think so - but he felt whatever it was needed to be removed. He remained confident that it wasn't a sarcoma until he went in. He ended up taking three times the tissue he planned - just in case we needed a wide margin. Turns out it was just a benign lipoma - but I didn't know that until a couple days later. My poor baby had an eight inch incision down his back. I was completely lost and despondent. We're sending you, Astrid, and your kitties all our love and prayers for healing. Please know you aren't alone.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Aww, I love your Halloween costume Astrid! (Just not why you need to wear it...)

Laila and Angel Minchie said...

Hoping the surgery went well for dear sweet Astrid today. Hugs

Anonymous said...

We are sending lots of love, prayers, and healing thoughts. What kind of bandages does she need? Email me! xo

pilch92 said...

I hope all went well today. It is too bad the bandages in the store are never colorful like at the vets. Very cute drawing and excellent tip. XO

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Marley, and Laz) said...

You could paint the bandage maybe? Red would be scary, camo would be surprising, and clear would be very retro avant-garde.

Kitties Blue said...

Astrid, we have read all the posts up to the most current, and we know your surgery went well. When our mom tried to bandage Mauricio after his first "mean neighbor cat" bite, it was a total fiasco. Your mom did a terrific job. Heal quickly, sweet girl. We continue tossed love, purrs, prayers and POTP. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy