The removed eye from the front
Today, Ginger is eating and drinking on her own. She doesn’t seem to be in pain but I gave her pain meds anyway as she has a large incision. She is almost back to herself, although not really eating much pellet food. Lots of hay and veggies, I topped her up with some soaked pellets and a bit of critical care which she enjoyed, so there must be a little pain if she doesnt want to crunch down on hard food yet. She had a few pellets,,but would normally finish her bowl. Although her food of choice is hay and she had plenty of that, she might just be full of hay and veggies.
What instructions did your vet give you? I imagine you are weighing her daily to make sure she is eating alright.
I have kept her separate from her cage mate as I do not want anyone or anything to directly touch the wound until it is sealed, and I know Jemima may lick it or grab hold of the stitches. Ginger has left it alone so far and there is only evidence of normal washing. They may have some floor time tomorrow as the wound should be sealed now. Jemima is quite bossy and seems to have enjoyed having the main cage, hidey (and food) all to herself, so I will take re-introduction slowly. Ginger has also enjoyed having her own hidey all to herself, unfortunately I can't fit two in their cage so they have to share!!
I have kept the pain meds on today just to keep any swelling under control but there is none to speak of and the wound looks dry and she appears comfortable. I'll keep it going for the 4 days they said to give it to her. It's Metacam.
Pees and poops are normal and regular and she is almost back to her old self today.
As for where it came from, I initially thought after it was removed that it could not have been a 'tumor' as I thought tumors were soft tissue, but even retinoblastoma can be formed from calcium, so it still could have been that. Unless I get it analysed I will probably never know however so it's just a theory.
Surgical wound - Day 7
Surgical wound - Day 28