Post by teemu on Apr 1, 2021 14:13:54 GMT
(I figured I would update Pulla's situation here instead of posting frequent updates to the original thread, since that can take attention away from more current issues other people are having.)
Pulla was operated two days ago, and a large lump was removed from the upper part of his abdominal cavity. Now he's going to have to put up with a week (or possibly more) of no climbing, no jumping, no strenuous activity of any kind that might cause the stitches in his abdominal wall to come undone and cause herniation. Unfortunately, Pulla is a very active little guy, and his owner is very fussy, so his recovery is somewhat nerve-wracking to witness!
In two days, Pulla has already basically recovered to normal energy and general wellbeing, so it's definitely starting to be a challenge to keep him calm and all that. I've of course removed all things he could even climb on in his cage (and moved him to another cage where the bars make it practically impossible to attempt to climb them), but he's definitely trying his best to come up with other ways to cause abdominal strain. I had first put newspaper on the floor of his cage, since the idea was that there should be no bedding so the wound can stay as clean as possible, but he very quickly realized that it's super fun to tear and pull at the newspaper and strain at it as hard as he possibly can! So I quickly switched out the newspaper and just resigned to putting hay on the floor of his cage (I would just leave it bare and clean it up often, but it's a birdcage with bars on the floor, and I don't want his feet getting stuck between them or anything). For the moment, that seems to have worked and he's quieted down a bit.
I've also decided to add a lot more outside time in our kitchen to Pulla's schedule, essentially hoping it will help him burn some of his extra energy. He can't do much there either, but he can at least run around. Even there though, I'll have to monitor him pretty closely. He wants to climb on me, start taking imaginary dust baths on the floor (probably too strenuous right now with the whole rolling movement), or otherwise doing things he's not supposed to do. But we're managing
As for recovery itself, it's still pretty early, but it's looking pretty good so far. Pulla is very active again (as you can no doubt tell!) and doesn't seem to be in too much pain. He's mostly left his big surgery wound in peace, although he does often try to groom it. I discourage him when I can, but as long as he's not tearing it open, I suppose it's not the worst thing possible. The vet said that the wound should heal shut in two to three days anyway, so I expect one of the reasons he's grooming it is the itching from healing. He's not making any concerted effort to tear at it, which is the main thing. The blunted teeth and the fact they used skin glue instead of stitches on the outside likely helps (although his teeth aren't nearly as blunted as they probably thought!)
As for myself, I'm just hoping things will go well. I get very easily stressed about the wellbeing of my pets and can be really paranoid about these things, but hopefully everything will go well. Luckily it's Easter and I don't have university lectures or anything until friday the 9th, so I can essentially keep watching him at literally every waking moment (with side glances if nothing else). Things will probably get a lot easier after the weekend.