Thursday Barks And Bytes

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Today’s Barks begins with Gambler announcing who the lucky girl is for his date to The Queen Of Hearts dance. Who do you think the lovely lady is??????

It is Wyatt’s sister Stanzie from http://wyattgardens.blogspot.com. Stanzie is a lovely Airdale Terrier that loves to hunt and eat turkey. Come back next Friday on Valentines day to see what is in store for Stanzie a little turkey maybe? You think Gambler and Stanzie will hit it off? Also see who Gambler will be kissing in the kissing booth, watch him pin a heart on a donkey and write a love message. The kissing booth, pin the heart and love message can all be seen on the hostess of the dance’s party page which you will see here.

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On to my Bytes: What on earth happened to MK?

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IF YOU ARE SQUEAMISH, DON’T SCROLL DOWN! SURGERY PICTURES ATTACHED.

MK developed complications from her dog attack (thank you Gambler) that happened way back in May of 2013. You can read about MK here  here and here.

Last week I noticed a lump on MK’s side where her kidney should be (you shouldn’t be able to see a kidney protruding or any internal organs protruding so this got me a little concerned. You could see it when she moved or laid just right. MK only has one kidney which is not on the right side where this lump was. I thought maybe it could be the missing kidney swelled up, thought maybe another internal organ doing something it shouldn’t be or scar tissue from the bite that she endured, my last thought that it was going to turn out to be a parasitic twin (I love calling everything a parasitic twin and I knew if anyone would have one it would be her) .

Monday I brought her with me to work and had my boss examine her. We did a fine needle aspirate and cytology showed fat cells. She thought again possibly scar tissue. I decided to have a exploratory surgery done to see what it was and make sure everything was ok and not letting it go and doing the “watch and see”. It was a good thing that we went ahead with surgery. Sadly it wasn’t a parasitic twin.

Why am I in this cage?

Why am I in this cage?

Once we shaved MK for surgery we noticed a scar from the previous bite wound so we knew we were dealing with something that happened during the dog bite when she was wee little.

Fat coming out.

Fat coming out.

Dr. made a incision over the lump, fat started coming out. After the fat was removed she could see/feel what was going on.

Feeling around.

Feeling around.

A hernia (hole) in the abdominal cavity was felt. When Gambler bit her when she was just a wee little kitty he tore a hole in the abdominal cavity that we didn’t know about. The body is a wonderful thing as it tried to repair the hole by filling it full of fat.

A hernia in the abdominal wall.

A hernia in the abdominal wall.

Intestines coming out the hernia.

Intestines coming out the hernia.

There was a big hole and the body wall was very thin. Dr. cleaned up the edges and sutured the hold shut hoping that the muscles will join back together again. Because the abdominal wall is so thin the sutures may not hold and the hole will be back. If this happens she will need another surgery to insert a mesh into the hole and sewn into place. We are going to hope and pray she doesn’t need that and that with cage rest she will heal from this surgery and won’t need another one.

Recovery.

Recovery.

After the surgery was completed and MK was taken off gas anesthesia she needed to keep her trachea tube in place to keep a open airway until she was swallowing on her own. Then the tube is removed and she is allowed to wake up on her own.

Tube removed, starting to wake up.

Tube removed, starting to wake up.

Later in the afternoon.

Later in the afternoon.

Feeling good enough to eat supper.

Feeling good enough to eat supper.

Day after surgery. Feeling good.

Day after surgery. Feeling good.

MK was very happy to see me the next morning and was doing really well.

Gman checking out his handy work.

Gman checking out his handy work.

See the little white mark to the left of Gman’s nose, that would be the puncture scar from when Gman bit MK in the marsh. The shiny object on her side below the incision is the fentanyl patch we put on for pain relief.

What's the matter with you MK?

What’s the matter with you MK?

Hmmm why is MK's cone off?

Hmmm why is MK’s cone off?

Paw’s crossed that the sur

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The co-hosts for Barks And Bytes are Linda from 2browndawgs and Jodi from Heart Like A Dog.

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29 thoughts on “Thursday Barks And Bytes

  1. Well, MK did a pretty fine job in surgery and recovery. The body is amazing in how it tries to repair itself. I sure hope the sutures hold; I am surprised the Dr. didn’t use the mesh since the wall was so thin. We will keep MK in thoughts and prayers for fast healing!
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  2. Poor sweet Kitty. It’s wonderful that you figured out what it was, fingers crossed it will heal correctly and she won’t require more surgery!!

    Thanks for joining Barks and Bytes~

    P.S. Does Stanzie know that G-man is a biter? 😉

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  3. Stanzie is very excited for her romantic date with Gambler. Her fur is brushed and she has been working on her “lady-like” manners.
    Hope your kitty gets well soon. Paws crossed for a speedy recovery.

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  4. Oh poor MK. She is going to turn out like my Dad’s kitty and be your $10,000 cat…lol. I hope she heals up and doesn’t need another surgery. Thanks so much for participating in Barks and Bytes. 🙂

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  5. Oh my goodness…..wow! I so hope he doesn’t have to undergo any more surgery!
    Poor thing!!!!
    Good thing you noticednthe lump though! Good job!
    Its nice to see photos of him eating and looking good after the surgery to!
    ((Husky hugz))
    Frum da pack at love is being owned by a husky

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  6. Wow, amazing it took that long to develop! Hope kitty heals and doesn’t need more surgery. Those photos made Mom miss surgeries. She used to help out her vet friend in Germany with surgery and just loved it.

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  7. It’s a good thing that you decided to investigate further…and amazing how her body tried to heal itself. I hope the sutures are enough…she’s obviously a tough little kitty…so maybe. 🙂

    As for the photos…thanks for the warning…and I was surprised that I could handle them. If I had been there in real life to see that, I’d probably get woozy. LOL! Glad people like you can handle such things, or there’ld be no vets and vet techs. 🙂

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