I still do not have a pathology report but am hoping it will be in tomorrow. I took Phantom to the vet late Friday afternoon to have his incision checked.. I wanted to be sure there wasn't any fluid buildup before the weekend arrived and I would be stuck going to an ER vet. The vet said the incision area was looking great and gave me some additional tips for ways to apply the warm compress and to keep him from getting at his stitches.
But the poor boy is really stressed out. There have been a lot of thunderstorms around, mainly overnight and they do bother him. But most of his stress is due to extreme itchiness in all the areas where he has been shaved. I talked to the vet again yesterday about it. He is getting benadryl twice a day now and I am also applying some hydrocortisone cream to those areas. It has helped some, but he is just so itchy. If you have ever hit your pup's "tickle" spot and seen a leg go into spasmodic twitchy movement, that is what this poor guy does whenever he gets up. He can't even walk three feet without the involuntary leg movements taking over. He seems to be OK as long as he doesn't move around. So he has resorted to staying in his crate 24/7. I have to force him to go outside to potty and he is only eating once a day. If the itching doesn't improve today, I am supposed to increase the benadryl to three times a day. If any of you have any suggestions for other remedies, please do share. I was using Cortaid but now I am using an Aveeno cream that has the hydrocortisone as well as some oatmeal in it. I am sure that wearing a shirt complicates the itching but he is more likely to open the incision if I leave the shirt off. I am using shirts that are 100% cotton.
This is where he spends all his time now.
Thunder is really wondering what is going on now that his buddy won't play. But he decided to help out as you can see here.
He is making sure that the window watching continues during Phantom's absence:)
Woo, the OP Pack