She is now lying in the cage looking peaceful if upset (with me). She is no longer puffed up and at this moment my daughter is offering her more lettuce which Meg took from her and is eating.
She came home from surgery at about 1:30pm. There was some bloody discharge on the towel when I changed it. I changed her towel at 8:00pm and when I checked just not at 11:00 I am seeing no new discharge on the new towel.
I will check her incision first thing in the morning to look for any puffiness, heat, odor, pus, etc.
Thank you all for helping me get her through this. I know we aren't out of the woods yet but her appetite seems to be getting better by the minute. I measure her out 2 ounces of pellets and will be weighing them to see if she's eating and refreshing them at least once a day to encourage her to eat.
If her appetite stays good should I worry about getting her stronger pain relief? Right now she is pretty active and moving about the cage seeking out any missed bits of veggie and picking out choice strands of hay. It seems to me she must be feeling better.
He also told me not to tell anyone else he can spay GPs. He said h will be happy to do any of mine but if he can avoid ever doing another he will be happy. Like I said it is remarkably "fiddly" and complicated. I have no idea what nature was thinking when designing the interior works of the female guinea pig. The uterine horns and fallopian tubes had to be 3-4 inches long--just ridiculous.
If you can handle the blood (not much blood in a neuter) I say you do it. The good thing is, if you feel sick or faint, you can walk out. You are not necessary and they will have no problem with that.
Meg is doing great this morning. She scooted away from my hand when I reached in her cage this. I see no discharge on the towels, she has eaten most of her hay from yesterday and it seem like she nibbled a tad on her pellets as .1 ounce is missing. Not much but it's something.
There are not a lot of poops in her cage though. She may be eating mos of them though because I noticed her eating them off the cage bottom last night. I will be keeping a close eye on her output, both urinary and fecal, to make sure tat food is actually passing through her system.
A pic of the surgery on this page:
Glad things are going well though.
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To answer your question 'if she's eating, do you need to pursue stronger pain med': in my opinion, no. Meg seems to be made of tough stuff. If you don't need an opiate past 24-36 hours post-surgical, in my experience you won't need it at all.
Her incision area looks great! It is pink and perfect. No oozing of any kind, no puffiness, no heat. It seems like the perfect example of a surgical healing.
Thank you everyone for the good vibes and well wishes you have sent. I credit your healing powers for making Meg feel so good so fast.
Here are some hearwarming pictures of Daisy and Meg from last night.
"Meg! MEG! Where are you? Why are you in there?
"Don't worry. I'll bust you out of there"
"I'm sorry Meg. I'm not strong enough. I'll stay nearby though and give you get-well kisses through the bars"
You can see in Meg's eyes in the last 2 pictures that she is not feeling well and is probably in pain. It was heartwrenching for me yesterday wanting to make her feel better and not being able to do much more then comfort her. I may be able to sit though surgery and deal with horrific injuries in my animals and in the rescues I do but I cannot stand suffering of any kind.
If you have not had surgical incisions on pigs, you might want to look over the ones linked to on the surgery page. There was a time when I though Snowflake was coming apart but it was actually normal granulation (I have pics -- always contact your vet if you are concerned).
I noticed her lying under her towel for a long while so I gave her a lettuce leaf, which she ate, and she is now out from under the towel munching on hay.
I will start wetting her veggies to help insure she is taking in water and I have a sub que kit if I need it.
She still looks real good, moves easily and just now I saw her pee. In fact, she is drinking from her bottle right now. It seems like, whenever I sit down to give an update, she starts doing whatever is being questioned and she's easy to watch as I type because the cages are only 3 feet from my computer.
I called the vet to let them know how she is doing and they laughed and said they were just looking up my number to call me because they were all so concerned and curious. The vet is thrilled she is doing so well.
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Holding my breath and sending good vibes for especially the next 12-18 hours or so. Then I think she's well on her way.
Edit: great photo. I would have passed clean out. I give you guys credit, those who attend and those who actually perform and assist.
I still don't think it would be too terribly educational though. It was such a small incision and everything is so jumbled together. I may be able to grab some useful stills from it though but I will have to go through it frame by frame to see.