After an hour of discussing the surgery and recovery procedure, Trish (the Vet Tech) finally brought Kaz into the exam room. Kaz came walking in slowly, with the help of a sling, but her tail was wagging and she looked alert and happy. I was surprised at how mobile and aware she was. Trish helped me walk her out and showed me how to use the sling and leash, while Kaz took her sweet time stopping to smell anything that gave a whiff of interest. The hardest part about Kaz's homecoming was getting her in and out of my Blazer. 107 pounds with a bum leg is hard to move around. I had folded down all the seats and layed her big bed in the back to give her a big comfortable and flat area. Trish helped me load her in by placing her front paws up on the bed and gently lifting her whole back end in. We thought of a strategy to get her out of the car and my friends, Natalie and Janan, met me at home to execute it. We dragged the bed to the back of the open tail gate and basically fork-lifted her out of the car with one person supporting her front half and one person supporting her back half. Once she was out, she was ready to walk on her own right into the house.
Controlled and restricted movement is the most crucial part to Kaz's recovery, so we helped her walk into the house by keeping her on a short leash and using the sling as an added support for her back end.
Once inside she was showered by love and attention from her adoring fans. Janan focused on massaging Kaz's temples, while Natalie took care of the kissing.
After a little too much loving, Kaz gave me the "that's enough" look. We left her alone to get up and drink some water and eat some food. The medication she's on must make her super thirsty, because she almost drank her entire bowl of water. Then after a short potty break (just a pee), she was ready to settle in for the evening.
Kaz was really tired and rightfully so. She was snoring in no time and that freed me up to inspect her leg a little more.
Swelling and brusing are to be expected for the first 4 days of surgery. The vet had told me that Kaz was having a little bit of a seeping discharge from a small hole that was used as an exit point for fluids during the surgery. She said that this would subside and I should just wipe up the discharge with a wet, clean washcloth.
I got a little nervous later in the night because it seemed to be "seeping" a little more than what I was comfortable with. I called NWVS and was actually able to speak directly with Dr. Lozier, the surgeon. He told me to wrap a clean terry cloth towel around her leg for the evening and we'd talk more about it in the morning. He seemed confident that the bleeding would slow and come to a stop by the morning.
Dr. Lozier was right, the hole seemed to almost completely stop seeping within the next two hours. So that was a relief. We settled into our sleep-over positions in the living room, Kaz on her bed and me in my sleeping bag next to her, and said our goodnights.