Thursday, December 3, 2009
I got to observe during Diablo's procedure on Monday. They put him under anesthesia and then used the endoscope to look in his stomach. The endoscope is a camera on a long cable/hose type thing. It was amazing how far it had to go to actually get into his stomach. There is a cable they can slide into the hose of the endoscope that has little grippers. They were able to remove a few things from his stomach. It turns out, all of those things were pieces of the blanket he had shredded the day before. Dr. Barton was pretty sure his stomach was empty when we were done. We think that he must have passed whatever mass was in his stomach last Wednesday. But I have carefully monitored everything coming out of him since he got sick. So, hopefully, he is now clear and will not be eating any more non-digestible foriegn objects anytime in the near future.
While he was out, I had him neutered. I will spare the details of that procedure, but it was cool for me to see. I've helped with horse and llama castrations before but never with dogs.
Diablo has been staying inside for the most part since his surgery but went back to the dog yard this morning and spent the day with the sled dogs. I am going to continue to bring him inside a night for a few more nights until he gains back a little more weight. I plan on running him this weekend, and just maybe he will get back in shape to do some racing this winter.
This is a lucky little dog as I was sure he was going to have to have open-abdominal surgery and be out for the rest of the season. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he will stay healthy and continue to be my little monster dog.