The ‘Trace’ of My Heart: Part IX

To take care of a dog after surgery is quite a task. Although, there is a routine you get used to:

  • Wake up, take out the healthy dog
  • Take out the recovering dog
  • Clean up the blood that has drained
  • Take him back to his recovery room
  • Give him the cheese that has his sedative in it
  • Go get the other dog from out back and bring her in
  • Repeat three more times (except he only gets the sedative one other time at night)
  • Oh, and feed them both at night – the healthy dog gets to eat out back as usual while the dog in recovery has ‘fun’ trying to eat with the head cone on

I am looking forward to next Wednesday to get Trace’s staples out. My only concern is that he is still going to be bleeding from his scrotal urethrostomy incision, which might mean keeping the e-collar on a bit longer. I’ve read some studies that suggest bleeding from the site can actually last up to 10 days or more. I hope he stops before next Wednesday.

I’ve read dozens of articles on ‘natural’ cancer-fighting diets. In  particular, the Budwig protocol has me intrigued. While we feed a raw diet based on the prey model (i.e. raw meaty bones with organ), I am willing to make a rule-breaker with the cottage cheese-flaxseed oil mixture. I say rule breaking because the philosophy behind the prey model raw diet is based on a species appropriate ‘natural’ diet, so canine’s do not eat/drink dairy naturally. We’ll see how it works. I am also going to be using Nzymes digestive enzymes. I will probably start Bella on this as well. Will this work? I can’t say for sure but it is worth a shot. There are thousands of anecdotal accounts suggesting Dr. Budwig’s simple protocol works. If nothing else, they both will have the healthiest coats in town!

As for Trace himself, I feel like he’s groggy most of time when he is on his sedative, but when its been 12 hours since his last dose, I can see the puppy in him coming to the surface. Those gremlin ears perked up straight to the sky with the tips of them flapped a bit forward from the e-collar. He IS recovering.  I don’t know if this is a false hope or I’m really seeing Trace begin to bloom forward a bit.

I can’t help but wonder what this is like for a dog. As a follower of NDT, we believe that dogs are immediate moment beings, as in, they have no sense of distinguishing one moment from the next. Life is all one stream of consciousness. Birth and death are inseparable moments of the same lifespan spectrum. Nonetheless, Trace has gone through a physical trauma. Maybe not so much a mental image memory of the surgery, but most certainly the physical memory of a trauma done to his body while unconscious.

One of the things I know will help Trace, when he makes full recovery, is to get him back through the five core exercises of NDT. I put him through this surgery, I’m going to help him overcome the stored stress of it. When it’s all said and done, I dare any NDT follower to challenge Trace and I to a pushing technique contest!

This dog is a champ and I love him to death!

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One thought on “The ‘Trace’ of My Heart: Part IX

  1. “Dogs do not remember but they never forget”. by K. Behan I wonder how that applies to the surgery. I recall Kevin writing about a dog needing to be under anesthesia for grooming and how it returned to that “anesthetic” state during rehabilitation work for nail clipping. After some vet trauma, Nellie baulked at going in the vet clinic door and I was happy when her vet built a new building that does not carry the same ‘charge’ that the old clinic building held for her.

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