Doc was born with only one ball, when I say ball, I mean testicle 😉 Apparently, it is common among dogs to be born with only one. When he was a pup, the vet said to give it time for it to descend, if it hasn’t by age two, he will have to have an operation to remove it, since it can be cancerous if left alone.
By September, he will turn three and I guess, no amount of waiting for that other ball to turn up isn’t going to happen. Reluctantly, my husband phoned the vet to book him in for an op. He went under the knife last Thursday. The said missing ball was found in his stomach.
Poor Doc, he came home looking dazed. The light in his eyes were gone as he whimpered and desperately tried to take the cone off from his head. He wasn’t his usual self and wouldn’t even eat any of the delicious food he’d normally eat in one gulp. The Doc we knew was gone and I felt terrible and helpless watching him whimper like a baby. My husband and I took turns watching him, trying to comfort him with massages on his back, at one point I even lay on the carpet, our eyes locked together as I petted him and repeatedly said “It’s okay, Doc. You’ll be fine”. We didn’t want to leave him alone, so my husband slept in the living room with the aching Doc beside him. He said he hardly had any sleep and had to get up several times just to console him.
On the second day, he was taken back to see the vet to remove the dressing. When he came back, he was so much better. I guess it was the dressing and the way it was wrapped around him that caused the discomfort, because Doc we knew was back. He’ll have to wear the cone though for another seven days, until his next vet appointment to remove the stitches.
They advised us not to let him run around or jump, but Doc being Doc is hard to restrain. I guess all dogs are like that. What’s the point in being a dog if you can’t jump and run around like a loony? The important thing is, Doc the one balled-dog is okay and will soon have his cone off.
Has your pet ever worn a cone?