I thought I would give you all an update on Rusty my foster dog. I’ve had him for over a week now and have really enjoyed having him. He’s a sweet guy full of love and affection.
If you’ve been reading along, you probably know that Rusty suffers from Cherry Eyes. It’s what a gland doesn’t stay in place and comes out. Surgery is needed to fix it. The rescue, HEART Animal Rescue, that I work with made arrangements for the surgery, neuter and other vet work to be done. His big day was yesterday.
Here’s how he looked before the surgery.
Here’s how he looks after…Don’t get upset. The vet told me that this will get worse looking before it gets better. We go back in 8 days and by then, it is supposed to be MUCH improved, and healing will well be on its way. So we have to be patient.
Poor Rusty HATES the cone. I’ve never cared for a dog with a cone before I’m learning right along with him.
I made the rookie mistake and took it off for a second hoping he wouldn’t have to struggle so hard to get water but immediately he tried to scratch. My intention was only to take it off, let him drink, and put it back on. NOPE. I can’t do that. Luckily Rusty has figured out how to drink with the cone on.
He had the worst time trying to get comfortable. The guy is not a fan of regular dog beds at all. This blanket is his favorite. I finally got him to let me put the blanket over the thin dog mattress.
Last night he was pretty needy. Not much stitching happened but that’s okay. He needed some TLC. The second I quit petting him he would open his eyes and get restless. Normally he’s not like that. I think he just doesn’t understand his discomfort…and yes, he has some meds so no worries about that.
Here his eye is today. You can see it’s much improved. Part of the reason it looks like it does is that I have to put a salve in his eye. Once I don’t have to do that anymore, the wetness will look better.
Right now I think the cone is the biggest challenge.
He can’t fit in the kennel I have when he’s wearing the cone and has to wear it overnight…so last night I got a baby gate and quarantined him off in my itsy bitsy laundry room. I heard nothing from him overnight. Somehow he got over the fence and was in the kitchen when I woke up this morning. I can’t do that again. I have no idea how he got over that fence. I was so worried too as he was just neutered yesterday too. Oh my. I’m trying to take care of him. I never imagined he would jump the gate. He’s not a big dog!!
Tonight I think I’m going to let him sleep in my bedroom. Not in my bed as I don’t completely trust him as far as being housetrained but I am going to let him sleep in my bedroom. I don’t know what else to do. He’s a little escape artist. Hopefully, that will curb a little of his anxiety too.
I want to do a HUGE shout-out to some of my blog readers. When I initially told you about Rusty, several of you stepped up and donated towards Rusty’s vet bill. I was told we raised $390 towards Rusty’s care. That will cover a portion of it. That is so awesome!! Everyone at the HEART Animal Rescue that I work with was so thankful and impressed by your generosity. I was too. WOW!! Thanks so much. The rescue is always in need of donations. HERE is the link if you’d like to donate.
Rusty will go back for a recheck on his eyes on November 28th. If he gets a clean bill of health, he will be listed as available to adopt. Feel free to fill out papers so you have a pre-approved adoption on file so when he does become available, you can quickly contact the rescue and let them know you’re interested in Rusty. HERE is the link to adopt.