Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Ben's Bad Day

Ben loves to ride in the van, although encountering vehicles passing or crossing our path still gets him agitated.  I wasn't looking forward to the ride to the vet as Ben was having a spot removed from his under belly.  It was me upset about him more than the spots I've had removed from me.  As a human we understand the procedure but not my boy.

He was delivered to the vet before 8:30 a.m. and the first surgery of the day it was a minor spot removal.  Minor still isn't a comforting word when this is your major companion.

Ben's surgery was done by about 9:30 a.m. and picked him up about 10:30 a.m.  Since the surgery was on his underbelly placed a soft fabric on top of the van floor before picking him up. I didn't want any rough surface scraping against the wound.  

As I couldn't coax him out of the van decided to put a cup of water in there and check on him every 15 minutes to be sure he was okay.
Another view of my boy Ben from the other side of he van.  You can see he is still on drugs.
The child gate is placed between the front seats and back so that Ben wouldn't attempt to climb in the front.
Eventually was able to coax him into the side yard with a leash from the van where he relieved himself.  He immediately went back into the van. Perhaps  to him it was sorta like his safe cave.  I continued to check on him every 15 minutes.

Finally was able to get Ben inside the house.  Since the doctor told me there could be some spotting from the belly decided to put a light colored piece of flannel on the area near me so I could see just what spotting occurs.  My boy is still not fully alert.
Finally was able to get Ben off the light mat with a kong filled with a cookie.  That way could see if there was the oozing the vet expected from his belly.  there are a couple small spots but nothing to worry about.
Ben is still out of it and while he was interested in the Kong with a cookie put inside he wasn't alert enough to figure out how to get it out.

This morning he is more alert and on antibiotics.  He is not supposed to jump or run for a week so am hoping we are able to avoid any vehicles in the development.  Also hope the squirrels stay at bay in the back yard.
We should get the biopsy report in about 5 days.  HappyWednesday everyone.



  1. Best wishes for a quick recovery from the anesthetics and no bad news on Ben's procedure.

  2. Sending best wishes for a quick recovery and very good news. I know exactly how you feel. My little mini-dachshund had three tumors removed last fall and 24 stitches on her little body. It turned out to be a systemic infection cured with steroids and antibiotics. Unfortunately we are going through it again six months later, but no surgery this time... It's so hard when you can't explain to them that we only want to keep them well...
    Blessings, Patti

  3. Sending only best wishes your way !!!! Get well soon Ben , Mom needs you !!!

  4. Poor guy, mine gets loopy on drugs and it makes it hard since I can't lift him. We had to have him calm for a week, that did not happen, lol. I hope every thing comes out negative and he can enjoy getting out again.


  5. Hi Saundra,
    Sending thoughts and prayers your way, my friend! Poor Ben looks like he really needed some TLC, and you certainly took good care of him!!
    Hoping he heals quickly and the squirrels behave themselves!!!
    Sending Warm Hugs to you both~

  6. Hope recovery goes smoothly and you get good results.

  7. Hi Saundra,
    Both Roxy and I wish Ben a fast recovery and a great biopsy report. One reason I scaled down to a much smaller dog was just the same problem you had getting Ben out of the van. Roxy is all of 10 lbs. compared to the 65 lb. Airedales I loved.
    And thanks for expanding my vocabulary with a new word "climp" which I guess is a combination of "climb" and "jump."

  8. I hope by now Ben is back to his old self. What a handsome boy with such a beautiful, shiny coat.
    I'll keep him in my puppy prayers.
    Hugs :)

  9. Sending healing energies to Ben and calming energies for his momma! I know how stressful it is when they have to have something done! You've done a wonderful job Saundra providing for all his needs! He'll be back to normal in no time!
    Hugs for you both!!
    Cathy G

  10. keeping you both in my thoughts & sending up wishes of healing & rest to you both!

  11. Poor Ben and poor you. I hope he is feeling better soon and the report comes back ok. Hugs cheri

  12. Aww, poor guy. It's true, they don't understand what's happening. He must have felt safe in the van. I hope he's better tomorrow. And good luck keeping him from running and jumping. Don't hurt your arm again.

  13. Dittos on all the comments about hard to watch them struggle when you can't explain it to them...wishing you both some calm days ahead and negative on the're a wonderful dog Mom!

  14. What a sweetie! Our pets are special,,,, his face tells it all,,,, take care,,,,

  15. Poor Ben. How lucky he is to have such a vigilant mama. Healing prayers.

  16. Hoping for a quick recovery and a great report


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