Nelson’s eye surgery for eversion of the third eyelid was a week ago today, so we are on day seven of ten days wearing a cone. To say this has been a rough week would be an understatement. Trying to keep a healthy, normally active, one year old hound quiet for ten days is nearly impossible.
Last Thursday wasn’t so bad because the little guy was still full of anesthesia and pain meds, so he was perfectly fine with a cone and sleeping non stop. His eyes looked pretty sore as they were all red. Mom couldn’t even tell if the third eyelids looked better or not.
Friday the real challenge got started. Mom gave him the medicine from the vet to make him sleepy, but it didn’t seem to work at all. We have him in the big “playpen” in the living room. He was standing on his back paws pushing the entire thing all around. It was more like the quiet meds made him wilder than usual! The vet office called and said it would be fine to give Nelson a higher dose which did help, but only for a few hours.
Day two, Saturday, was the absolute worst day so far. Nelson was just wild and would not settle down. Mom put him in a crate while she walked Olivia and he opened up the cone. Next she put him in a different crate and walked Bailie. This time he chewed the tabs off the cone and it was open again! If he scratches his eyes he can do real damage, so this is a big problem. Mom called the neighbor and he gave us some duct tape to hold the cone together.
The situation was bad as Mom was going to see Gramma and to a birthday party after that. What would she do with this maniac? On the drive, they stopped at the vet to get a new cone. Mom told Nelson the cost would come out of his treat account.
Of course, the medicine didn’t really make him tired, so he was fighting in his kennel most of the day. Finally at the party he fell asleep for a short time.
Sunday he napped a bit more here and there and was not quite as destructive or wild as the previous two days, thankfully! His eyes are also starting to look better.
Mom lets him out of the playpen for short amounts of time a few times a day, and at night, he is in the bedroom with us, but the cone is always on. He really wants to go outside and run and play.
As the days go by, Nelson seems resigned to a lousy life in a playpen with a cone, but he doesn’t understand why. He is napping more in the afternoon at least.
His eyes continue to look better and they don’t seem to bother him at all. Still, the cone stays on for the full ten days.
The new challenge is the snow. Nelson insists on sticking his head in the snow and dragging the cone along filling it with snow. Since we are in the midst of a huge snowstorm, this can’t be avoided. All of us will be so thankful the moment that cone comes off our brother. It sure has been a huge challenge!
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