Apr 12, 2011

Sassy's Road to Recovery (Post Surgical Photos included)

Our sweet, beautiful, wiggly, happy, adorable, snuggly - well you get the POINT...er - haha, get it? Pointer? Ok, Ok... Our lovely rescue Sassy has finished her 2nd mammary surgery to remove the tumors that were most likely a complication of her tick borne illnesses. She's doing fantastic now, but this has been quite the journey for this little lady. She came to us skin and bones, stayed with a few amazing foster families that gave her love, good food and a warm bed, met some pretty cool new doggy friends, was treated for Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, had TWO intensive mammary surgeries to remove tumors, and NOW is ready for the perfect family to scoop her up. She has been such a phenomenal patient and companion through her foster time here at IBR. Her road to recovery may not have been pretty, but we document as much as we can here at IBR to educate people on the importance and prevelance of tick related illness in dogs as well as humans. Here's a video of Sassy post surgery - warning: may be graphic to some - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOcHIrlAb8k As you can see in this video, less than 2 weeks later she's back to herself - wiggly butt and all! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiEKr3xwMp0

Below shows post-surgical photos, round two:

She had a little fluid leak into her legs post surgery - not uncommon for such an intensive procedure. And it has since been reabsorbed after some R&R. It's not pretty, but without IBR she wouldn't have received this top notch care and treatment plan.
A little inflammed from sneaking out of her E-collar, but otherwise the top of the incision looks great!
Less than 2 weeks after surgery: stitches out and healing well!

Just look at that face! She is so darn cute :) If you're interested in Sassy please contact IBR. She's a fantastic dog that gets along well with other dogs, doesn't mind cats, fully housebroken, not a barker and loves to snuggle!