This coming Monday, January 23, one of my babies will be having surgery. I know I’m not alone when it comes to considering our pets “our babies”. For me, Artie, Buddy, and Coby are my only babies. You see, I am 45 years old and I never had the opportunity to have children. It was always a desire of my heart, but God had other plans and adopting three dogs was just one of them.
Now, I’m facing the surgery of one of my babies and I’m scared and sad. Buddy has three calcium oxalate stones in his bladder. We discovered them just before Christmas when he had blood in his urine. I thought maybe he had a kidney infection or something else minor that would take an antibiotic. When the veterinarian confirmed the stones by ultrasound, my heart sank a bit. When she said he would need surgery of $800 my heart sank even further.
Right away, we started Buddy on a special diet for dogs with bladder stones. He will be on this special diet the rest of his life. Our hope was that the stones would dissolve as a result of the special diet but another ultrasound confirmed that they are still present and they are the type of stones that will not dissolve. Saddened by the news, I scheduled Buddy’s surgery.
So next Monday, I drop my baby off at the vet so he can be put under anesthesia and have the stones removed. My heart is sad that he has to go through this but I know it’s best for him. It will be difficult to leave him in the arms of someone else…someone who doesn’t care about him the same way I do.
I love all my dogs in the same way, but when it comes to Buddy, he is literally MY BUDDY!! He follows me everywhere I go, always wants to be by my side, and begs me to go to sleep at night so we can have some one-on-one time before Daddy comes to bed. Our bond is deeper because he is so attached. He is definitely a “Momma’s boy”.
Dogs have surgery every day for many reasons, but not my dogs. I’m sure everything will turn out fine, but there are always concerns when it comes to any surgery for both dogs and humans. For those who don’t know me personally, I had surgery back in October and as a result, I ended up hospitalized with blood clots. You can read about my surgery and clots on my other blog called Redesigning Happiness. One of my goals is to inform as many people as possible about the danger of clots, so please take a look at my post called 10 Simple Ways to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis.
If you pray, please pray for my Buddy and his surgery. And pray for me as I await the news that he is recovering and ready to come home. I’ll post an update sometime next week. Thanks for your prayers and for listening….Rachel