I wish this day would just be over and tomorrow would get here already. Today was a bit hard for us. Little Kojak almost died today This morning i took him in to the shelter with me for our spay/neuter day so that he could be fixed. Everything started off normally- i sedated him, vaccinated him, microchipped him, then shaved him and preped him for surgery. (i'm a vet tech, so i'm used to fixing up all the animals so that they're ready when the vet starts on them). The surgery went well actually- just a routine neuter...nothing out of the ordinary. Post op was a different story altogether. We fixed him right before i took my lunch break (i was planning on taking him home on my break if he had woken up by then) however - since he had not woken up yet- i left him there for my coworkers to keep a close eye on him. (sometimes cats take a while to wake up after surgery because we give them their sedation/meds in their muscles rather than in their veins like you would a large dog for instance) an hour later when i had got back from lunch he still wasn't awake. (he had been asleep almost an hour before i had left for lunch- so when i got back it had been 2+ hours. I asked the other staff if they thought he was ok and they said to give him a little longer to wake up.(by this time the vet had gone for the afternoon as everyone was fixed). An hour and a half later- he started breathing weird and his gums went very very pale (NOT a good sign). So we gave him smelling salts/ammonia- still no response. We waited a little longer to see if he'd wake up- Nothing. By that time my coworker rushed in and gave him an injection (i'm not sure what it was) to counter the affects of the sedative. We gave that some time to kick in (it takes a while for it to get into their systems) and put him on oxygen. I held the oxygen mask on him for almost an hour off and on. Thank goodness the injection finally started to work by then and he started to respond a big with us trying to shake/stimulate him awake. He FINALLY woke up almost 5 hours later- but my little guy almost didn't make it today. I have never been more freaked out. It really scared me- i'm soooo used to spay/neuters- we do hundreds of them....without ever having a problem. I never would have tought my little guy would have one. We're guessing that he had a reaction to the sedative or something that he was given. So in the future if he needs any medical work done that requires him to be under anestesia- all future vets will be informed of this to try and prevent a repeat of today. Gosh though- i'm just frazzled at the moment. I'm sooo greatfull that he started breathing normal again and woke up. I would have been devestated had he not. He's starting to recover a bit- he's locked up in our guest bathroom at the moment with really soft litter (so it won't harm his incision site) and a nice warm bed/heating pad. He threw up a little bit when i tried to slowly introduce some food/water to him a little while ago- so i will be holding off on that a little longer till his tummy settles down. I am just soo greatfull my little man wound up being ok- i about had a stroke when all this happened. (To make it worse- i was at work so i still had a ton of other animals to care for). On top of this- we had to put down two dogs today- both puppies- they had a horrid case of Parvo So we've had to bleach out/disinfect the entire dog run (that's a massive job!) And the drama didn't end at work. When i brought Kojak in this morning to be altared- i also brough in my 3-4 week old kittens with me for the vet to do a little vet check on them- she told me to take them to the vets office after i got off work and have them tested for FIP! I about freaked out- that can spread extremly quickly and can kill. So after work, when i got Kojak settled in at home- i took a litter of my kittens to the other vets office to be seen about- supposedly they are "ok" and it's just a nourishment thing (they were severely malnourished when i first got them- so i've been steadily trying to get them back to health) the vet said i'm doing everything right for them and that they should be better soon- good news! / So yea- can we say DRAMA today All this chaos makes me do bad things- lol i stopped by Sheridans (milk shake place) on the way home and got a drink - not good as i'm lactose intolerant- but hey, sometimes a girl needs a milkshake after a day like today! / Could ya'll please keep little Kojak in your prayers that he keeps improving tonight and has no other setbacks- i'm watching my little man like a hawk. I'm going to fix him some baked chicken/rice tonight or whenever he can keep food down. I'm also going out in a few minute to buy him a nice new kitty bed- he deserves it! I feel soo aweful about today I would have never had him fixed today if i knew he was going to have that reaction- but you just don't know until it happens Thank goodness though- the staff there with me is wonderful and helped keep him going. I am soo stressed out after all this- but i'm trying to remind myself what a blessing it is that he made it and is ok.
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4/5/07 at 5:00pm