Hambone’s back surgery and home care

What to expect when you bring your pet home from back surgery

You’ll never be prepared for back surgery for your pup, no matter when it happens.  This post is really about what will prepare you for the aftermath of dog back surgery.  It will always take you by surprise, and is often seen as the last resort when it isn’t triggered by a traumatic event.  There are little resources out there, so this post is meant to assist in the long journey afterwards.

In October 2016, Hambone had an incredible accident which caused him to have emergency back surgery.  He incurred 3 acute herniated discs, as diagnosed by the surgeon, which were then aggravated by the fall.  I had no idea that he was in any sort of back pain, other than he was becoming more stiff.  We thought it was arthritis or just simply aging.  At 15 years old, Hambone was definitely slowing down, having more accidents, also peeing around the house more.

Low and behold, his accident had uncovered a few things for us.  For one, frequent urination and accidents are a classic symptom of herniated discs.  Wow.  He was in daily pain, lowering his activity and losing motivation to walk about.  I really didn’t notice the little things, like his ears were not perky, like in the photo below.  Also, Hambone also began to slip on the wood floors more, causing him to be in discomfort.

He’s surgery was successful, with some major complications with alleged sepsis (that will be another story).  With the awesome support of our vet, Dr Andrew Streiber, we were able to provide Hambone with home care, beginning his and our journey into post back surgery adventures.

Three key thoughts

Number 1:  It is not going to be easy.  I cannot lie, but taking care of a disabled dog is very intense, especially when you have no idea what it takes to be on call almost 24 hours.  

Number 2:  It is going to be dirty.  More likely than not, your dog will not have the use of his legs, and will need to be carried to pee and poop.  No matter how much you try, you cannot predict when they need to go, so it was just a matter of realizing that they will go on themselves.  This will happen multiple times a day.  So really, cleaning is a must.

Number 3:  It strengthens your bond with your furbaby.  It was quite rewarding to be able to care for Hambone in the state he was in.  I never really understood the limits of my love for this guy, but it grew.  He is a gem, a joy and a rainbow in the sky!

What you need to make it easy and near pain-free

Supplies:  I have compiled a list of supplies to prepare you for your routine.  After trial and a lot of error, these supplies were essential to make my life easier!  No joke.  

  1. Soft playpen
  2. Dog bed
  3. 3 changes of linen
  4. Pee pads
  5. Baby wipes
  6. Clorox wipes
  7. 4 changes of beach towels
  8. Trash can
  9. Cheap trash bags
  10. Stretchy trash bags
  11. Mild detergent

Soft playpen:  You will be picking up your dog often, so soft walls make it easier on your back

Dog bed:  If you can, get one with a removable cushion.  I inserted it into a trash bag, making it easier to clean up.  Once it gets soiled, you have to wash and dry it, which will take a long time

3 changes of linen:  One to have in the pen, one in the wash, and one just in case
Pee pads:  Super critical, I bought the Petphabet with charcoal, which is super absorbent and helps with the smell of pee.

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