Newton's Blog

Thursday, October 30, 2008, ( 3 views ) - Treatment - Posted by Emily

Today, Newton had an appointment with Dr. McVicker. If Dr. Roberts isn't available, I will probably start making appointments with Dr. McVicker. She is really nice and Newton seems to really like her. Today, they removed the staples and the sutures. Dr. McVicker confirmed that the incision is infected so she put Newton back on the Enrofloxacin (Baytril). Newton is not going to like having to take pills again.

Newton is still a very well behaved boy when we go to the vet's office which makes me very happy. He is almost back to his old self completely.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008, ( 4 views ) - Treatment - Posted by Emily

Tomorrow, Newton has an appointment at VCA Douglas County to have a CBC done and to have the remaining staples and sutures removed. I'm not sure what "burst" today, but the "Y" portion of his incision had a little bit of seepage and has a bit of puss. I'm glad that we have an appointment tomorrow since I am a bit worried that the incision may be getting infected.

Monday, October 27, 2008, ( 4 views ) - Treatment - Posted by Emily

Newton is recovering incredibly well. There isn't a day that goes by that he doesn't amaze me. While I am still in shock that he has bone cancer, I cherish every moment that we have together.

While I was getting ready for work, Newton decided once again that he would venture up the stairs. I come out of the bathroom to find him sleeping on the bed. Crazy boy!!! After several hours hanging out upstairs with me while I was working, Newton decided that he wanted to go back downstairs. Of course, since Newton is an over analyzer, he would only go down a cuople of stairs and then come back up. Since opening the door worked last time, I tried that trick. No luck :-( When I heard some leaves blowing in the wind outside the door, I was able to get Newton all excited to go and check it out. He went down the stairs like a champ. When he doesn't think about it, he has no problem making the journey down the stairs.

Sunday, October 26, 2008, ( 3 views ) - Treatment - Posted by Emily

I am just amazed by how well Newton is doing. He has a little spring in his step and I even found him burying a bone in the backyard today. I think that he is feeling much better and is more confident on his feet. He even comes to greet me when I come in the door. He is the best dog ever!

I had every intention of buying a new car this weekend, but am feeling under the weather :-( I have also discovered that the flash on my new camera doesn't work anymore. I'm so not ready for the work week to start up.

Saturday, October 25, 2008, ( 3 views ) - Treatment - Posted by Emily!?! I thought on Thursday Dr. Perry told me that they had removed all of the staples. As I was examining Newton's incision today, I noticed some shiny things under the hair. Upon close examination, I realized that they only removed some of the staples. All of the staples in his lower incision are still there. I knew that they didn't remove the extra sutures that they had added, but I was quite shocked to see the staples. I sent an email off to Dr. Perry since I am not sure who or when the rest of the staples should be removed.

Newton is feeling much better (although I am under the weather). He has also gotten to be much calmer and more friendly to people when they come over. I'm not sure if it is a result of the bone cancer (since I started noticing this change when he first started limping) or if it is a result of his neuter, but I'll take it. One of my neighbors had a Halloween party. Well of course, everybody wants to come and see Newton. He didn't bark at anybody, wasn't scared of any of the costumes, and played the best host ever (visiting everybody and giving them ample time to give him a good pet). I love the fact that my neighbors are feeling much more comfortable around him. That makes him feel much more comfortable around them.

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