Inka my mini poodle is home and resting

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I have not been eating/sleeping for months worried after a found two small lumps on her tummy. Spoke to my vet who was unconcerned, beign suggested he could remove the lymph nodes however they could return and I couldn't put a 14 yrs old through surgery and a few weeks/months later do the same again. Then over the last few weeks they have become larger.

No one has told Inka she is 14yrs old she still thinks she is 6-7 yrs old but surgery is a concern at any age let alone 14. As I bred her for the show ring she was intact and once I finished showing ( she is an Internation Champion) I never got around to having her spayed...... so yesterday I nipped in and got her bloods done, today she was in for the full op, told him to check her teeth and if she was doing well to get all/anything done that needed to be done.

Dropped her off at 8.30 am, she ran in checking out all the rooms, surgical suite, recovery suite, X ray room, cats quarters, dogs quarters.... she was looking for Barry (the Vet) I couldn't concentrate all morning at work. Spice and I walked up at lunchtime to 'check', she was 'in recovery' (I could breath again) I collected her after work she had been 1.5 hours under anesthetic and surprisingly bright, she is home, resting........now it is trying to get her to eat something, shes pee'd/poo'd ( thats good )
Cooked/chopped kidney...shes not interested, minced beef, no, chopped up boiled egg but Spice thinks they all taste great and Inka is not growling to guard her food, so she is not as yet ready to eat, so I will try again later.
 

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I have not been eating/sleeping for months worried after a found two small lumps on her tummy. Spoke to my vet who was unconcerned, beign suggested he could remove the lymph nodes however they could return and I couldn't put a 14 yrs old through surgery and a few weeks/months later do the same again. Then over the last few weeks they have become larger.

No one has told Inka she is 14yrs old she still thinks she is 6-7 yrs old but surgery is a concern at any age let alone 14. As I bred her for the show ring she was intact and once I finished showing ( she is an Internation Champion) I never got around to having her spayed...... so yesterday I nipped in and got her bloods done, today she was in for the full op, told him to check her teeth and if she was doing well to get all/anything done that needed to be done.

Dropped her off at 8.30 am, she ran in checking out all the rooms, surgical suite, recovery suite, X ray room, cats quarters, dogs quarters.... she was looking for Barry (the Vet) I couldn't concentrate all morning at work. Spice and I walked up at lunchtime to 'check', she was 'in recovery' (I could breath again) I collected her after work she had been 1.5 hours under anesthetic and surprisingly bright, she is home, resting........now it is trying to get her to eat something, shes pee'd/poo'd ( thats good )
Cooked/chopped kidney...shes not interested, minced beef, no, chopped up boiled egg but Spice thinks they all taste great and Inka is not growling to guard her food, so she is not as yet ready to eat, so I will try again later.
I'm very happy to hear that the surgery went well and she is on the mend. Hopefully soon she will gain back her appetite. It is worrisome to have them go under and get operated on at that age, like you, I would be very concerned, a bundle of nerves really. Sending healing warm thoughts and love to you both.....hugs.
 

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Thank you both, a good nights sleep and such a relief, I can't beleive it but she ate her breakfast of lightly cooked finely chopped kidney although I had to hand feed every single piece.
 

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Thank you both, a good nights sleep and such a relief, I can't beleive it but she ate her breakfast of lightly cooked finely chopped kidney although I had to hand feed every single piece.
Your love shows through in your posts, you're very caring and I greatly admire that. 💚
 

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Your love shows through in your posts, you're very caring and I greatly admire that. 💚
Oh wow, what a lovely compliment, thank you.

Well tail is now up and in a poodle that is " I'm feeling fine"

To my great suprise my little girl has eaten 4 small meals today all on her own, lightly cooked kidney, then chopped up boiled egg, she got up and made her way to the door, so outside to go to the toilet ( all good) then stood at the back gate as she wanted 'her normal walk' ( which is really too soon for a 14yr old who has had major surgery) but she knows best and Spice needed her walk, so I thought I could carry her, however outside she wanted to go down, so VERY slow walk and she decided which way to walk ( straight to the butchers about 200 metres away and stood outside waiting) so I called in and purchased a poodle size meal of minced streak and I wanted a 'poodle sized bone' .... they all wanted to know why is she wearing a vet vest? So story told, the dogs got lots of praise and despite how busy they were Dezzi ( the butcher) came out with an Ox heart, 2 Ox tongues, 4lbs of kidney and some beef off cuts as well as a box of bones as a prezzy for them...so I have been busy cooking/chopping/freezing etc etc back home Inka had some sardines and just now some beef pieces., so her tummy must be full
 

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Thanks for the update, very good news on her eating and attitude. Great that you have such a friendly butcher nearby. :cool: Love the photo, she is beautiful......hugs for your girl.
 

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Just back from my normal Sunday walk, meet friends and their two dogs for our couple of hours walk, dogs hunting squirrels, swimming in the river and in Spice's case finding every single muddy 'hole' to roll in...she got herself well and truely covered in mud ( as normal), so I went out with a merle collie and came back with a chocolate lab.

Inka behaved as 'normal' skipping around keeping the collies in order even my friends dogs didn't sniff her as they do when they know 'something is wrong'

Inka would have continued walking if I had let her but after 30mins I carried her and she relaxed/rested in my arms, so she was tired and as little and light weight as she is my arms are killing me but it was all worth it, dogs just want normality to feel happy and secure so I aim to achieve that for her, well both of them.

My friends were very impressed with how her attitude is, they remember when I lost her mum 5yrs ago, how Inka decided not to eat and it took me 6 months to get her eating properly again, by then she was like a walking skeleton, it was frightening, so not just the op concerned me but getting her eating again although it seems I didn't need to worry about that.
She ate her breakfast, took her meds, on the walk she had some beef pieces, back home she is fast asleep stretched out and relaxed and Spice now clean and back to being a merle collie is also happy and tired thankfully, curled up by my feet.
 

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Wonderful story about your Sunday walk, funny about Spice hitting the mud puddles and coming back as a chocolate Lab. :D Good of you to carry Inka when she had too much, I'm sure she appreciates your having her back. Around how much does she weigh now? My dog is around 45 pounds, and although I can lift him, I wouldn't be able to carry him around anywhere anymore.
 

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Inka was weighed last Thurs when I had her bloods done and she was 7 kilos which is about 15 lbs yet as little as she is my arms are still aching, she relaxed soon after I lifted her and she felt like I was carrying a bolder.

Spice was also weighed she was 23 kilos, so approx 50 lbs. The 'mud puddles' that she 'finds' are more like mud holes than puddles, so thick sticky mud, she has stood in front of me/friends many times as a chocolate lab and we have not recognised her at all....she is a clown!
 

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Everything was going sooooooooooo well, until Tuesday , Inka ate breakfast then very quickly went downhill, showing signs of pain, poo's had just started to form but black, which I expected as she has had major surgery, so excess blood would be present, her gums were nice colour, so not a fresh bleed, so not anemic, so unlikely an internal bleed, refusing food, shaking, tail down. I suspected a reaction to the antibiotics and/or more likely the pain killers.

Stopped her pain meds, she has her bioflow collar on and was letting me TTouch her, so pain is managed, but she still wouldn't eat and poos returned to black diarrhea however noticed some 'normal' poo colour, so more likely the black is excess blood from op.

Called Barry ( the Vet) he agreed she could have had a reaction to the pain meds making her tummy acidic as she is normally fed raw, her gut will normally be acidic, but this was causing her pain, so acidic med and a couple of hours later she is back to eating and 'telling me' she is OK.

She is now back to being a happy bunny. I took her to see 'her friends' at lunchtime today well Spices dog friends as Inka is too superior to mix with two collies and a goldie ( Barry's dogs) but I knew she was feeling better as she 'told Bodie, (the Goldie) off for being an idiot. As little as she is they all know shes the boss...... nice to have my Inka back!
 

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Wow, I was scared there for a minute about Inka, glad she is better now. (y)
 

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Wow, I was scared there for a minute about Inka, glad she is better now. (y)
Me too, with such a little dog ( and her age) they can go downhill quickly. Called into see Barry this morning on my way to work as she had eaten breakfast of minced beef and an hour later had kept it down, it was a 'just in case' visit to satisfy my worry he gave her a shot to further settle her stomach and stop her feeling sick ( he knows I don't like to give chemical meds, so is very careful what he suggests)

She had cooked chicken for lunch, no sickness, been for a walk lunchtime and after work and she ran around tail up after Spice until Spice found some children who would throw her ball for her so I have a 'back to normal Inka' she had some more cooked chicken tonight and pinched Spices kidney meal, then sat and begged from me and Spice sat the other side of the room and kept looking, then turning her head away as I don't allow begging, so she knew she would get nothing and Spice didn't want to be 'involved' bless her.
 

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