O.J has been home one week now, and is healing well every day.
My aunt and sister drove to Belfast with me to collect O.J last Saturday afternoon. I was expecting him to be tired, in pain and not very lively, but he was the complete opposite- full of energy and very happy to see me. The vet was very helpful. He gave me his tablets, filled in the pet insurance form and vet reports for Cork and my local vet, and talked about the effects of the medication. The staff said that O.J was very easy to look after. They showed me how to put on the cone collar before I left, but he has hardly touched his wound and hasn’t needed it since.
O.J had to have two anti-biotics twice a day in his food. He ate no problem at the beginning with the tablets crushed up, but then refused to eat his food. I had to hide the tablets in chicken or meat, and got them into him with difficulty. He will eat Dougal’s food no problem. Its royal canin for small dogs, so not a million miles away from his own food. I’m happy enough for him to eat this while he’s taking medication, and I’ll just only feed him his own food when it finishes, so he’ll have no choice and eventually eat it.
I brought O.J to the vet for a check-up on tuesday, where he was given a liquid painkiller because the wound was still red. It has to be added to his food using a syringe once a day, so its a bit awkward that I can’t do it myself. He went for another check-up yesterday and the vet is happy enough not to give him anymore medication. That’s a sign he’s definitely getting better. She said that the wound was the neatest she’s ever seen, so the vet in Belfast really did a great job. I’m sure his appetite will return to normal soon and he’ll be back working in a week or so. He’s been going for short walks on his lead, but I know that if he was allowed, he’d be back working today.
People have been constantly asking me how I’m managing without being able to work my guide dog. I honestly haven’t noticed it too much because I’ve been so busy recently. I was out all last weekend at the Buncrana music festival (which was amazing and deserves a post of its own), had some radio work to do during the week, and had a wedding on Thursday. Its frustrating not being able to go somewhere when I want, and there are times when I’d just love to go for a long relaxing walk on my own. My parents are away now for a few weeks, so I’m depending on lifts more often, but people are very helpful. I’m back to work on Tuesday so that should be interesting. Wonder where my cane is?